"Kappa Ebisen" and the Shinkansen have collaborated! Limited flavor & design are now on sale

Calbee Kappa Ebisen Convenience Store French Salad Flavor
▲Tokaido Shinkansen Collaboration Package
Calbee Kappa Ebisen Convenience Store Shinkansen
▲Tokaido Shinkansen Collaboration Package

The long-selling product "Kappa Ebisen" and Central Japan Railway Co., Ltd. (hereinafter: JR Tokai) have collaborated to release the "Kappa Ebisen French Salad Flavor" for a limited time, available first at convenience stores nationwide. This is a special package to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the release of "Kappa Ebisen" and the 60th anniversary of the opening of the "Tokaido Shinkansen". Furthermore, various projects will be carried out at the stations of the Tokaido Shinkansen, including the operation of chartered vehicles.

In 2024, the 60th anniversary of the release! Collaboration between "Kappa Ebisen" and Tokaido Shinkansen

Calbee Kappa Ebisen French Salad Flavor
▲ "Kappa Ebisen French Salad" at the time of its release in 1986

"Kappa Ebisen", launched in 1964, is a product that was born from the inspiration of the founder of Calbee (Takashi Matsuo) who loved "river shrimp tempura" in his childhood, and celebrated its 60th anniversary of release in 2024. After many trials and errors, a product was completed that uses fresh natural shrimp in its entirety, including the shell, resulting in a flavorful product that also provides calcium. Even after 60 years, it remains a popular long-selling product.

"French Salad Flavor" was first introduced in 1986 as the first flavor variation of "Kappa Ebisen", inspired by the delicious combination of "river shrimp tempura" and citrus. It is characterized by a refreshing taste with a moderate acidity and a light, crispy texture due to the use of a thinner dough than the regular product.

Both "Kappa Ebisen" and the "Tokaido Shinkansen" were born in 1964. Despite being considered as "taken for granted" entities, both have been constantly evolving. With overlapping aspirations, they realized a 60th anniversary collaboration to express their gratitude and to provide enjoyment to more people.

The "Kappa Ebisen" Tokaido Shinkansen collaboration package will be on sale for a limited time from late May 2024 for the stores other than convenience stores nationwide (scheduled to end in late June of the same year, switching to the regular package). This product is enjoyable not only for those who love "Kappa Ebisen", but also for Shinkansen fans.

Calbee Kappa Ebisen Shinkansen
Calbee Kappa Ebisen Shinkansen
▲EBI700S Shinkansen

Product Features

The "Kappa Ebisen" has a refreshing taste that spreads in your mouth the flavor of garlic, onions, and other aromatic vegetables, along with a moderate acidity that is characteristic of French salad. Finished with a thin dough for a lighter texture with a crisp and crunchy mouthfeel.

The Shinkansen collaboration package features the anniversary logos of "Kappa Ebisen" and "Tokaido Shinkansen", and a special Shinkansen EBI700S that only exists here on the package, with a Kappa Ebisen family dressed as a conductor. As a rare package, the "Kappa Ebisen French Salad Flavor" features the Doctor Yellow (inspecting train), and the "Kappa Ebisen" features the 0 series Shinkansen, which is the initial model from 1964. It's a design that can be enjoyed not only by children but also by Shinkansen fans.

Comment from JR Tokai Representative

"The collaboration between the Tokaido Shinkansen and "Kappa Ebisen", both celebrating their 60th anniversary, has been realized! Please look forward to various products and campaigns that will be launched nationwide, starting with the areas along the line. The "Tokaido Shinkansen" will continue to show its "unstoppable" evolution. Of course, don't forget to bring "Kappa Ebisen" as a companion for your journey!"

Product Overview

  • Product Name: Kappa Ebisen French Salad Flavor
  • Content: 64g
  • Price: Open (Expected price around 160 yen including tax)
  • Release Date / Sales Area:
    • May 13, 2024 (Mon) / Convenience stores nationwide
    • May 20, 2024 (Mon) / Outside of convenience stores nationwide
  • * The actual release date may be slightly delayed depending on the store.
  • * Depending on the store, there may be cases where the product is not handled or sold out and sales have ended.

Product Information URL

Kappa Ebisen Celebrates its 60th Anniversary

Calbee Kappa Ebisen French Salad Flavor Shinkansen

"Kappa Ebisen" was introduced in January 1964 and is a long-selling product that celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2024. It is a popular product that uses fresh natural shrimp in their entirety, including the shell, providing a flavorful snack that is also a source of calcium. The fact that the manufacturing method has hardly changed to this day speaks to the high quality of the product. Behind its creation, there were many trials and errors and a strong commitment to quality, including the predecessor "Kappa Arare" series and the freshness of the shrimp used as raw materials.

This time, they have also written articles about the development secrets of "Kappa Ebisen French Salad Flavor", which was introduced as the first flavor variation of "Kappa Ebisen".

Please refer to the following article for the hardships of development.

Development Secrets of "Kappa Ebisen"


Development Secrets of "Kappa Ebisen French Salad Flavor"


"Kappa Ebisen" Day Campaign

In honor of the phrase from the Japanese commercial song for "Kappa Ebisen", "Can't stop, won't stop♪", August 10th is designated as "Kappa Ebisen" Day every year. A campaign is planned for August 10, 2024 (Saturday), with the grand prize being an invitation to a private vehicle. It is scheduled to operate around November 2024.

Release of 60 Shrimp at All Tokaido Shinkansen Stations! Campaign

From mid-August 2024, in celebration of the 60th anniversary, they will post "60" shrimp stickers at each station of the Tokaido Shinkansen. Find the various sizes of hidden shrimp at the station, and depending on the number you find, you can win prizes. This is a first-time attempt by JR Tokai, and we will also decorate the Shinkansen station nameplates. Shrimp may appear in unexpected places!? Details of the campaign will be announced at a later date.

Calbee Kappa Ebisen Gifu Hashima Shinkansen
Gifu Hashima Shinkansen


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