For a limited time beginning on January 19. 2016, Japanese convenience store chain FamilyMart will be offering an unusual promotional item: Chinese steamed buns designed to resemble Ultraman and Alien Baltan from the long-running Ultra series of live-action tokusatsu television shows by Tsuburaya Productions.
The "Ultra Bun" contains such foodstuffs as pork, onion, and bamboo shoots with a soy sauce flavored base. The "Baltan Bun" has similar contents, only with a salted meat flavored base.
Both types of bun sell for 200 yen ($1.70 US) including tax and will be available at participating FamilyMart stores while supplies last. A total of 400,000 buns will be produced for this promotion.
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