Welcome to Oyatsu Break!

Hi everyone! Welcome to OYATSU BREAK! My name is Christopher Butcher, and I’m the founder of this here blog. It’s about Japanese snacks, particularly the awesome range of uniquely flavoured Kit Kat bars that are available in Japan, and will include reviews, history, and news about these items. It’s a food “culture and review blog”, but really it’s just me having fun.

I wanted to find a way to give back to a country that has given me so much enjoyment through its culture, customs, and food. 100% of the proceeds of advertising revenue, donations, or other money raised through this site will be donated to various Japanese relief organizations, in support of recovery after the devastating March 11th eqarthquake and tsunami. The charities and organizations receiving this money will change periodically, so check the site design for info on who’s currently getting the donations.

While more than you wanted to know about me will be made available on the ‘about’ page, here’s a few quick tidbits of info about the site.

  • I’ve been to Japan 4 times now, for a total of about 6 weeks, and I’m always looking forward to going back. My current plan is a trip for the last week of October and the first week of November, 2011, but that’s not set in stone.
  • Unless otherwise stated, I wrote everything on the site. I also have a comics culture and industry blog at http://comics212.net with lots of fun stuff include extensive Japan Travelogues.
  • This site will update 3 times a week at the minimum, that’s my commitment to you. :)
  • The name “Oyatsu Break!” (including the exclamation point) comes from the Japanese word Oyatsu, or “Snack” basically. Oyatsu is generally a small snack between lunch and dinner, and from what I can tell it involves a drink (usually tea) and a savoury or sweet item including cookies, cakes, chocolates, etc. Oyatsu can be anything really, as long as its a light snack. Japan produces 10s of thousands of different snack foods every year, most of the ones for adults geared towards “Oyatsu”, or a nice excuse to take a break in the afternoon. The “BREAK!” part comes from the slogan for Kit Kats, which always include the word “Break,” as in “Take a Break–Have a Kit Kat!” or what have you.

Thanks for reading!

– Christopher Butcher, July 2nd 2011


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