Taking the world less travelled

Let’s Shopping!

Posted by on Sep 22, 2009 in Life | 4 comments


Let’s go shopping at the local grocery store! At my local you use baskets – either carry them or put them on the trolley. Luckily the grocery store is pretty close so I don’t have to buy large quantities of items at a time.


Mmmm chu hai :) Having alochol in the supermarkets is novel for me, even though there are states in Australia, as well as many other places in the western world that does this. Fairly large selection if you are into beer or sake.


Cheese! I have heard that cheese can be hard to find in Japan. Well, not in my Japan. I have a wide selction of cheese from parmesan, camembert, to sliced plasticy goodness. All for what I percieve is a pretty reasonable price.


Meat is cheap, but tastes cheap too. I am planning to check out the local butchers for some better quality cuts.


There is a good selection of milk as well with both low fat and no fat avaliable.


Taco flavoured Doritos! There is a large selection of chips and lollies, some things familiar, lots of new things.


Bread only comes in this half loaf style with like 5-8 slices. If you get five slices, they are quite thick, or eight thinner slices. No crust bread in sight, or anything other than white. If you want to get adventerous with your bread, you are better off trying the many flavours of bread rolls you can get.


Assortment of cereals. The boxes are ten times smaller than those from home. And for some reason the kids at my school still don’t know what cereal is even though it is in the shops…


Beef here are all thinly sliced for ease of eating with chop sticks. Heavly marbled with fat too which is good for the taste bads but bad for the waist line/heart


Section for hot foods. Sitting in hot oily goodness. Who said that Japan was a healthy place?


Rice. Even though I live next door to rice, even though it is eaten at every meal, it is damn expensive here.


Some smellies. Some familiar brands. Make sure you read the katakana carefully though…


Here is some fruits and veges. The prices are expensive, but over all I don’t think they are as bad as I have heard prices can be. Also there are lots of stalls around here with fresh local fruit with decent prices. Fruits here are mostly large and very juicy. :)








At the end you pack your own bags. You can buy plastic bags for 5 yen each or you bring along your own bags. As I have previously been employed as a check out chick I am a pro at the awesome bag packing.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my local food place :)


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  1. Jamaipanese

    very interesting blog post, might come in useful for me in the future. I like these posts of your experiences in Japan. keep ’em coming please

  2. Daniel

    Nice, thanks!!! :clap:

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