Pocari time!

Thanks to Mads for introducing me to a new grocer in Chinatown that sells Pocari Sweat for $2. Sweeeeeeet! Or should I say, ‘saltyyyyy’ as sodium is one of the main ingredients in Pocari – apparently sodium rehydrates you fast, since sweat itself is salty (see chart below). The two of us became addicted to this drink during the crazily humid Japanese summer.

The word ‘pocari’ doesn’t really mean anything in Japanese, but was chosen for it’s ‘light and bright tone’. On Wikipedia it says that altho the ‘sweat’ in the name has a slightly offputting connotation for English speakers, it was chosen because Japanese don’t mentally translate it from English so aren’t bothered by the meaning. Introduced in Japan in 1980, it’s the Japanese gatorade, an ‘ion supply drink’ that rehydrates you heaps faster than water. There is lots of info on why Pocari is awesome on their official website, which is where these 2 screen grabs are from.

If it’s not at your local Japanese grocer, you can buy it on Amazon.


  1. Posted September 16, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Uck. I tried this drink before once out of curiosity…and I really didn’t like it…unfortunately. Heh. I guess I’m not enough of an athlete to like it…

  2. prettyprettyyumyum
    Posted September 18, 2010 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    haha!! it is kinda weird tasting but somehow it grew on me πŸ™‚

  3. Posted September 18, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Time when PS is good:
    1. When riding bikes in summer in Osaka
    2. When second day drunk from too much karaoke
    3. On long haul flights when flying Asiana or Japan Airlines.

    It is really dehydrating!

    I should become their Australian spokesperson.

  4. prettyprettyyumyum
    Posted September 19, 2010 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    So true, mads! And yes you totally should. πŸ™‚

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