A few cultural differences regarding a favorite candy I grew up with:

“Look at that color. That can’t be good for you.”
“It tastes like medicine, that’s why you don’t typically see licorice in Japan.”
“But there’s so much artificial color.”
“…the color… the color!!”

Whereas among fellow expat friends who had never been exposed to it:

“What is this and why have I never seen it before?”
“It’s amazing. Give me more.”
“And more. And more. And more.”

(I was hoping my fellow foreign friends would have the same reaction as my Japanese friends, and therefore I’d be able to keep more of my acquired licorice to myself.)

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