An inside look at a Japanese grocery store

So what do Japanese grocery stores hold that other’s don’t? As it turns out, a lot.
Here are a few:

Gigantic Apples
In Japan, apples are expensive, HUGE and singularly bought. Seldom will you find a small apple. Oh how I long to munch on an apple that’s not the size of a basketball. Okay, that was an exaggeration but close. Also, they (the apples) sport soft cushiony bottoms, like so:image[1]An entire isle dedicated to MISO

The vegan community’s year’s worth of tofu + the infamous fermented beans, natto:

A wide range of bottled tea (mostly herbal):
More plastic than Toy World:
A large selection of  sushi (well, of course) + a HUGE variety of other ready-made foodimage[2]image[11]All types of pre-cooked noodles (+ two whole isles dedicated to instant ones):
Other: a combination of all things anko, matcha, sweet, salty, random, incredibly delicious and plain right gross:
What you won’t find are:
fresh apricots or beetroots (and if you have, then please for the love of God, HOLLA!)
lean red meat
good quality CHEESE especially Feta
a satisfactory cereal isle
adding to that, oats
good quality dried goods (nuts, seeds and fruit)
nor many if any (totally humming Scribe right now) organic or “healthy” products.
Although…I have spotted chia seeds sprinkled atop frosted cupcakes before!


  1. The over packaging in Japan always irked me a lot. Why do we need every separate apple or persimmon in a plastic bag/on a plastic tray? But after a while I got used to it as there was nothing I could personally do about it :p I just tried to make sure they wouldn’t pack them into two more plastic bags at the check out xD Still not a good thing if you ask me.

    I remember seeing some oats and oatmeal sold in fancier grocery stores under big department stores. The price was crisp however, so I never bought any even though I missed oatmeal porridge in the morning a lot.

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  2. I like this post. Because it reminds me of one of my favorite Japanese anime show.

    It is called Bento and the plot is about opposing groups of high school students who fight (spectacularly!) over the half-priced bento in various supermarkets.

    Seeing the pictures of the packed bento in your blog reminds me of that show.

    I actually went around and asked and found it to be true. Not the fighting, but the half-pricing. It seems that after a certain hour, unsold bento are given a 50% discount. They have sales clerk who come round to the bento to paste on fresh stickers (indicating the lowered prices).

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