What is Gari Gari Kun ? | Commentary by Japanese webmaster | Common in Japan #4

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What is ‘Gari Gari Kun’ ??

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I wrote this article to clear your question about ‘GARI GARI KUN’ in Japan

I would like to explain about ‘GARI GARI KUN’ with mainly two parts.

  • Basic knowledge of GARI GARI KUN
  • Deep Diving into GARI GARI KUN with answering questions
    • History
    • Price
    • Flavors
    • Calorie, etc

In first part, you can get basic information about GARI GARI KUN. And next, I would like to introduce more details, with style of answering questions. You can get information with cherry pick style, in stead of reading long article.

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What is Gari Gari Kun

Quotation Sauce:Akagi webpage

‘Gari Gari Kun’ is very famous flavored ice popsicle in Japan. This product is made from molded crushed ice with wooden stick.

The sales of Gari Gari Kun is more than 400 millions sticks per year. This product is flagship product of Manufacturer, ‘AKAGI Nyugyo’.

Recently, sales of ‘GARI GARI KUN’ is started in Thailand and Myanmar.

  • Very Famous Flavored Ice in Japan
  • Manufacturer is AKAGI
  • Molded crushed ice on the wooden stick
  • More than 400 millions sticks of sales per year
  • Started sales in Thailand, Myanmar

Deep Diving into ‘GARI GARI KUN’

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GARI GARI KUN is available in various places in Japan. Especially, in summer season, it’s more easier to get it, as sales channel is expanded.

  • Supermarket
  • Convenience Stores
  • DAGASHI Stores (Penny candy store)

Author’s research

There are mainly 3 types of GARI GARI KUN in Japanese Market. The price of each products are as follows :

  • GARIGARI KUN (Normal type)
    • JPY 70 per stick
  • OTONA NA GARI GARI KUN (High-end products)
    • JPY 100 per stick
  • GARI GARI KUN Multipack
    • JPY 350 per box (7 sticks)

Author’s research in Yokohama city

‘GARI GARI’ is Japanese expression. It is used for crunching ice. GARI GARI KUN has mouth feeling of ‘GARI GARI’.

‘KUN’ is honorific for boy, who are close to. AKAGI named this products with combining these two words.

Reference : J-Stage webpage

Quotation Sauce:Akagi webpage

His name is GARI GARI KUN.
Profile of the character is as follows :

  • Name : Gari Gari Kun
  • He is elementary school student
  • He lives in Fukaya city in Saitama
  • He has younger sister, ‘Gariko chan’

Sauce : Akagi webpage

Manufacturer, AKAGI started sales of GARI GARI KUN in 1981. Initially, price was JPY 50 per stick. Sales was increased year by year, it was getting 100 million sticks per year in 2000, 200 million in 2007, and finally, in 2013, it was getting to 400 millions per year.

  • Started sales in 1981
  • Price (Per stick)
    • JPY 50 in 1981
    • JPY 60 in 1991
    • JPY 70 in 2016
  • Sales (Sticks per year)
    • 100 million in 2000
    • 200 million in 2007
    • 400 million in 2013

Reference : J-Stage webpage

Various Flavors of GARI GARI KUN are available in Japanese Market as of 2022.

  • GARIGARI KUN series
    • Soda pop
    • Cola
    • Grapefruit
    • Nashi (Japanese Pear)
    • White Sour
    • Apple
    • Pink Grapefruit
    • La France
    • Mix Berries
    • Rich Grapes
    • White Peach

Sauce : Akagi webpage

As AKAGI is very challenging company, there were so many flavors of GARI GARI KUN in the past.

I would like to introduce flavors in the past with categorizing into 3 types :

  • Fruits
    • Plum
    • Mikan (Mandari Orange)
    • Grapes
    • Strawberry
    • Watermelon
    • Kiwi Fruit
    • Acerola
    • Pineapple
    • Mango
    • Yuzu
    • Orange
    • Muscat Grapes
    • Lemon
    • Cherry
    • Melon
    • Apricot
  • Drinks
    • Lactic Acid Drink
    • Lemon Squash
    • Ginger Ale
    • Cola and Vanilla
    • Sports Drink (Isotonic drink)
    • Melon Soda
    • Energy drink
    • Honey Lemon
    • Ice Coffee
    • Milk
    • Strawberry au lait
  • Foods, others
    • Yogurt
    • Citrus Mint
    • Chocolates
    • Chocolate Mint
    • Vanilla
    • Green Tea
    • Red Beans
    • Daifuku (Rice cake)
    • Ichigo Daifuku (Strawberry Rice cake)
    • Sakura Mochi (Pink Rice cake)
    • Kinako Mochi (Soy powder Rice cake)
    • Raisin Butter sandwich
    • Chinsuko (Okinawa food)
    • Pudding
    • Milk Caramel
    • Coffee Jelly
    • Cream Puff
    • Tiramisu
    • Pistachio
    • Sweet Potato
  • Challenging Flavors (No similar products in Japanese Market, later and earlier)
    • Fried Egg
    • Melon-pan (Melon shaped bread)
    • Napolitan (Spagetti Napolitana)
    • Cream Stew
    • Corn Pottage

Sauce : Akagi webpage

Quotation Sauce:Akagi webpage

The 3 Best Popular Flavors of GARI GARI KUN are as follows :

  • Soda Flavor
  • Nashi Flavor (Japanese pear)
  • Cola Flavor

Sauce : Ranking.net webpage


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