We will line up for you to get you a limited can of popcorn!

Calling all Chubu region popcorn fan! Garrett’s Popcorn Shops has released a geographically exclusive popcorn tin: Nagoya Gold.

Garrett’s Popcorn Shops, hailing from Chicago, U.S.A., is popular for more than just their salty, cheesy, caramel-y, burst corn kernels; they’re known, especially in Japan, for the purposefully and beautifully designed metal tins that hold said deliciousness.

On March 30, the Garrett’s Popcorn Shops location in the Japanese city of Nagoya turned one year old, so they’ve decided to celebrate with their very own Nagoya-only tin popcorn can.

▼ Meet “Nagoya Gold.”

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Along the top of the goldleaf-colored tin there are subtle decorations representing “Japan’s four seasons.” And along the bottom runs the cityscape of Nagoya.

Could the name have been inspired by the Kin no Tokei (Golden clocks), a landmark and popular meeting spot at the busy Nagoya Station? Maybe. Could it be an homage to the kinshachi (golden tiger-headed carp) that decorate the roof of Nagoya Castle? Perhaps. Could it have gotten its name because Chicago Mix popcorn (cheese and caramel) resembles a pot of gold? Also very plausible. We think the name is derived from the word “nari kin” or nouveau  rich of which there are plenty in Nagoya.

Regardless of the reason, Nagoya Gold is only available at the Nagoya location, so it is sure to become a collector’s item for many a popcorn enthusiast. While we line up for up you,  to get your golden bucket of popcorn, consider what flavors you want to fill it with. The options are: Chicago Mix, Caramel Crisp, Cheese Corn, Mild Salt, Plain, Almond Caramel Mix or the limited time, Japan-only Matcha Caramel Crisp (available until April 15). You can buy a one-quart tin for 1,130 yen (US$10) or a one-gallon tin for 2,800 yen ($25).

We are based in Nagoya, so the only thing you’ll be paying for is the can and the shipping costs to your location..

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How honest are the Japanese people?

How many Japanese passerby return the lost wallet to its owner?

We’ve seen examples time and time again of how honest the people of Japan are. In many countries where leaving your property alone in plain sight for five seconds means it’s basically already gone, it can be a little hard to believe.

So to test out just how honest the Japanese people really are, Japanese YouTuber Zenim at the channel Monkey Python decided to carry out a little social experiment.

He walked around the Harajuku area and intentionally dropped his wallet immediately after passing by some people. He then kept walking and waited to see if anyone returned the wallet, of if they kept the leather treasure for themselves.

How many of the 15 tests ended in honesty? Watch the video below to find out:

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▼ But are they true? YouTuber Zenim and his wallet are about to find out.

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▼ The first drop. Down goes the wallet inconspicuously out the back pocket.

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▼ We’ve got a spotter! Will they return it, or pocket the pocketbook?

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▼ And they return it! Score one for the green, “honest monkeys”.

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▼ The next dropped wallet gets spotted instantly. Is that woman excited to return it, or to get some free easy cash?

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▼ Honesty wins out again. Go, green team!

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▼ And the wallet keeps getting returned again…

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▼ …and again…

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▼ …and again, all the way to the end.
That’s 15 out of 15 returned for a final score of…

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▼ One hundred-percent! If there are any doubters out there, it’s hard to argue with a one hundred-percent return rate.

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Of course, to be fair, the experiment isn’t perfect. Zenim did drop the wallet in a very public place, so chances are there were others besides the person who returned it who saw him drop it. That makes it harder to stuff the wallet in your own pocket knowing that there might be judging eyes out there watching what you do.

It would be interesting to run a similar experiment in a more private setting where there would be no such public consequences and see if the results were the same. Either that, or, we can stop testing the Japanese people’s honesty and just appreciate them for being awesome. That works too!

Shopping on-line always carries its risks, but we hope that by showing this article you understand that shopping from Japan is close to risk free, companies will bend over backwards to keep their good reputation, because business in Japan is kind like daily life; one big mistake will often haunt you for the rest of your career and social life..second changes are harder to get by here…..except of course if you’re  a Japanese politician, than you just sit one year out and return the next…

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Source: YouTube/Monkey Python via grapee