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This month, Häagen-Dazs is releasing two special flavors in Japan to mark its 30th anniversary in the country. And, let me tell you, they look pink. But special Häagen-Dazs flavors are not new to Japan.

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The anniversary flavors are "Sakura" (which is Japanese for "cherry blossoms") and "Rose" (which is English for, uh, "rose"). The Sakura ice cream tastes like sakuramochi. Here, have a look:

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You'll be, perhaps, saddened to know that people on Twitter are saying the Rose flavor smells like bath powder or toilet freshener. Others say it smells and tastes good.

Häagen-Dazs releases unique flavors in the West, such as Peanut Butter Pie, Peppermint Bark, and Coconut Macaroon—which don't quite translate to Japanese tastebuds. And while Häagen-Dazs hasn't quite hit the unique flavor quotient that Kit-Kat or Doritos has in Japan, it has released some interesting tastes. Most of them, however, are standard fare!

Many of these unique ones are seasonal and only offered for a "limited time only" (期間限定 or "kikan gentei"). Let's check them out:

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Purple Sweet Potato (紫いも or "Murasaki Imo").

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Tropical Cream Cheese.

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Cocoa Cookie and Coffee Almond.

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Green Tea Truffle (better than regular old green tea, no?).

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Pumpkin (not totally unusual as Pumpkin Cranberry was released outside Japan).

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But Pumpkin Pudding? M'kay.

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Forêt Noire (black forest).

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Green Tea and Cookies and Cream. Yes.

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Coffee Milk. Not just coffee. There's milk, too!

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Butter Cookie and Caramel Scotch (not an odd flavor, but damn, I want this).

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"Japonais" (not evident from the name, this is green tea and red bean ice cream).

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Royal Cassis Milk (blackcurrant milk).

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These all look highly edible! Unlike Japanese viper, eel, and horse ice cream.

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