These まめがし (or bean snacks) are described on the packet as 雀の卵 (sparrow eggs) or indeed 雀の学校 (school sparrows). Perhaps the latter is a hint that they would make a very nice schooltime snack, as indeed they would. To drive that point home, on the reverse side we find a scene in which a teacher sparrow is asking (if I understand it correctly) a mixed class of humans and sparrows to count to three. Like the schoolteacher chimp of an earlier entry, this teacher wears a mortar board. Was this ever the traditional headgear of schoolteachers in Japan, I wonder? Or have they somehow imbibed it from back-issues of The Beano?
This elegant box contained a most unexpected but actually very pleasant snack - small strips of konbu seaweed, dusted with a tangy, slightly sweet powder. I don't know what more I can say to convey its nature, but it was excellent.