Nostalgia Marukawa Felix the Cat Chewing Gum

Rob Oechsle

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FELIX GUM Gets Stomped On by the SHIVERING PENGUIN!

Recently, while down at the end of old Black Market Alley in Naha, I went into a Cheap Candy Store (Dagashi-Ya) wholesaler, looking for some hard-to-find FRUIT MONSTER RAINBOW GUMMY STRIPS, but was distracted by the 60-Piece Packs of "Grape Flavored" FELIX GUM sitting on the shelves.

The Candy Master said, "Kids don't want the old Felix Gum anymore. They want soda-flavored SHIVERING PENGUIN GUM, and we can barely keep it in stock!"

Not wanting to lose money, I bought a 60-Piece box of Felix GRAPE and Penguin SODA gum. I got to the car feeling great about the tons of money I saved but then realized, I DON'T CHEW GUM! Dang!

Original Felix gym, Coca-Cola flavored gum, and even yogurt flavored gum now on store shelves

All kinds of flavored bubble gum in wholesale packs of 60 each, usually purchased by mama-san stores all over the island.

An assortment of gum flavors in 60-count boxes found around Okinawa

The OLD and classic Felix Gum is being outsold by this new grape-flavored version, but even more than this, kids now want the SHIVERING PENGUIN GUM (next photo) which seems to outsell all others on Okinawa.

If you were (once again) a kid growing up on Okinawa, you'd be wanting the Grape or Soda flavors, and leave the original Felix in the bins. :)

Grape flavored Felix gum

The OLD and classic Felix Gum, as well as its popular new GRAPE version, is being outsold by this even MORE popular, soda / ramune-flavored SHIVERING PENGUIN GUM which seems to outsell all others on Okinawa.

Soda shivering penguin gum on store shelves in Okinawa

If you were (once again) a kid growing up on Okinawa, you'd be wanting the Grape or Soda flavors, and leave the original Felix in the bins. :) :)

Cheers!
 

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