Grocery Shopping is FUN (食料ショッピングは楽しい)

I LOVE Grocery Shopping in Japan. In the last several weeks, I have checked out 9-10 stores in the neighborhood, all of which located within a short walking or biking distance. I have not been to a big grocery chain like Aeon yet, but I have not needed to as everything I need is pretty much available in most small to medium size local stores. Each store seems to have slightly different selections and pricing. But overall, fresh produce, eggs and fish are much less expensive than what I was used to in the US. Coming from Hawaii most recently, everything is at least 50% or less than what I was paying in Honolulu.

私は以前からですがスーパーで食材を買い物するのが大好きです。この4-6週間、歩いていけるか自転車で数分の距離のスーパーを9−10件廻りました。イオンなどの大きなチェーンストアに行く必要もなく、全て必要なものを小中サイズのストアで補うことが出来る。それぞれのスーパーで違う種類、価格の物に出会いますが、一概にして言えることはアメリカの都会にあるスーパーに比べるとと、野菜、卵に魚は断然安め、最近特に食費のかかるハワイ州ホノルルから来たのでこちらで買い物するとおよそ半分は節約してる感じがします。

These fresh bento with fish, veggies and rice for $4each! (この美味しそうなお弁当が398円!)

Most grocery stores offer fresh sushi and bento (lunch box) choices that are so delicious, nutritious and inexpensive that if I was living by myself, I would be very tempted to indulge in most everyday.

ほとんどの街のスーパーは新鮮な寿司や、安くて美味しい、そして栄養たっぷりのお弁当があり、一人暮らしするなら毎日調理の必要もないくらいです。

Convenient stores are literally everywhere! (日本はコンビニ帝国というくらいどこにでもある)

Convenient stores offer many choices for bentos, noodles, salads, breads, and beverages along with some fresh produce, and all the little amenities you may just need at 6 am or even midnight as most of them are open 24/7. According to Google Map, there are 30 plus 7-elevens, 30 plus FamilyMarts and 20 plus Lawsons in the 1 mile radius of our home😳 That means there is a convenient store or two located on the corners of each block facing main roads. Talk about convenience!

コンビニスーパーも品揃えは素晴らしく、弁当、麺類、サラダ、パン、飲料が豊富にあり、その上日常品も揃っているのでたとえ朝6時や夜中の12時でも必要なものは24時間営業のコンビニに行けばまかなう。グーグルマップで調べたところ、この付近1.5キロ周辺でセブンイレブンは30数軒、ファミリーマートも30軒以上、そしてローソンは20数軒もある。ということは大きめの道路沿いには1ブロックに一軒か二軒は存在してるということ。コンビニは本当にコンビニエンス(便利)だ。

Sweets like Jewelry Museum in Department Stores (デパートのスイーツ売り場は宝石の美術館のよう)

The real fun is had when you go to department stores. Most major department stores in the city have their “specialty food vendors” in the basement floors. I love going to the floor with different sweets and desserts. Cakes, candies, cookies, crackers, ice cream, pies, jellos, gummies, Japanese sweets and many others that look way too pretty to eat and a bit pricy are all there. I’d say these are mostly purchased as gifts for when you visit someone, special occasions like birthdays or anniversaries, or maybe when you want to thank someone for something or doing a favor. When you walk thru these isles and look at their displays, it feels like you’re walking through an art or jewelry museum. This is definitely a must-experience while you’re in Japan.

デパートの食品売り場は最高に楽しい。大きな街にあるデパートはだいたいブランドネームなどのスペシャルティ店が地下一階か2階にある。自分はスイーツのある食品売り場が大好きだ。ケーキ、キャンディー、クッキー、おかき、アイス、パイ、ジェロー、ガミー、和菓子、その他食べるには可愛くて美しすぎ、そして少し高めのものが山ほどある。ほとんどはギフト用:誕生日、記念日、特別な何かの理由、謝礼、人の家にお呼ばれした時など理由は何であれこういうところでは必ず何かを見つけられるはず。この売り場を歩いていると、美術館を歩いてるような気分になる。日本に来たら一度は経験すべきの場所だ。

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