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Rice is at the core of Japanese cuisine and drink...
Established in the 19th century, not too long after strangers in black ships started arriving on Japan’s shores, Meidi-ya specialises in higher-end groceries for foreign predilections...
Yamaya’s shelves are stuffed primarily with European wines, though there’s also a representative selection of American and Australian wines as well...
This under-the-train-tracks shopping mall focuses on artisan food and drinks from across Japan, including premium sake, soy sauce, sweets, teas and crackers – all great souvenirs and presents.
See (and sample) humble beans and rice whipped into pastel flowers at this award-winning traditional sweets shop, in business since 1935. There are blue door curtains out front.
Specialising in foods made from tofu, this shop and restaurant also sells amazake , the sweet milky sake drink, after which the neighbourhood shopping street is named.
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