Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koshikawa Kazuhiko described popular Japanese probiotic drink Yakult, a popular food item among Filipino kids, as a bridge that connects the Philippines and Japan.
(Photo courtesy of Japanese Amb. Koshikawa)
In a post on X (formerly Twitter), the envoy showed himself enjoying a bottle of Yakult, a Japanese sweetened probiotic milk beverage fermented with Lacticaseibacillus paracasei strain Shirota.
“Here’s a healthy taste of Japan in a bottle, bridging our cultures and making #EverydayOK,” he wrote.
“Thrilled to enjoy this delightful Japanese creation that has found its way into the hearts of Filipinos Cheers to cultural connections and friendships!,” the envoy added.
According to its website, Yakult is the world's leading probiotic beverage created in Japan in 1935.
The drink is sold in 40 countries and regions around the world.
This is not the first time the Japanese envoy underscored how food strengthens the cultural connections between the two countries.
He has also enjoyed seeing Filipino food products at Don Quijote, a famous discount chainstore that can be found across Japan, and in Japanese convenience stores.