Foods in Japan

Foods in Japan Pictured: Chawamushi by Paul Canosa

Foods in Japan -- Choosee (the MIE Project)

Their goal is environmental sustainability while selling you the best and healthiest organic, natural and fair trade products they can find. Seems like a worthy goal to me. You can order online and they have an extensive catalog.

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Buy food from your local supermarket. It will be the cheapest. Plus you may even get some private students as people may come up to you and ask you for lessons.

Eating is not expensive if you eat like a Japanese. If you try to eat steak every night you will go broke. However eating healthier meals with lots of vegetable and some meat will keep you within your budget and your heart will thank you too.

You can get many staples for a reasonable price here including white or brown rice. Plus bread is reasonably priced. It is difficult to get whole wheat bread however.

There is an amazing choice of fruits and vegatables and many of them are reasonably priced in season.

Chicken, pork and fish are also a reasonable option here. Steak is a luxury but not out of reach. Hamburger meat is also reasonable.

Your money doesn`t go as far here but if you eat more like a Japanese you will be fine. It is part of the Japan experience afterall!

If you want to eat out, lunches are the cheapest. Almost all restaurants offer cheap lunch sets and you will be full!

A Good Friend offers this advice on Buying Food in Japan

We belong to a co-op called Seikatsu club which delivers vegetables, fruit, meat, etc, etc plus other goods. It's a weekly delivery. Not cheap but quality is good.

Check out their website which is in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Japanese. Pictured: Meat kabobs, photo by Richard Baladad

The Meat Guy

Is based in Nagoya, but they will ship anywhere in Japan. They offer free Shipping on orders in excess of 25,000 Yen. As well as meat, they sell vegetables, condiments, frozen foods including pizza, and more. I think I am salivating.

Check out the Meat Guy`s Homepage

A Huge Variety of Foods in Japan: The Foreign Buyers` Club

If you are dying for food from home and can order in bulk (perhaps sharing with a friend), you may want to join the Foreign Buyers` Club.

FBC, the Foreign Buyer`s Club

delivers food from home right to your door in Japan!

Organic Foods in Japan: Alishan-Tengu Natural Foods

Specializes in organic food and food that is difficult to get from your local supermarket. If you like organic food, or are a vegetarian, then you will love Alishan-Tengu.

Alishan-Tengu too will deliver right to your door throughout Japan!

Visit Alishan-Tengu to eat healthily!


Many people have been raving about iHerbs low prices for their products, low prices for the shipping, and all the healthy food they offer. They are based in America, but ship worldwide.

Radish Boya delivers Organic food to your Door in Japan

With Radish Boya you can`t pick and choose what you get.

"By the way, I use Radish Boy, an organic food delivery system for our day to day regular products. I've used Co-op before but I switched to Radish Boya (more expensive) for the quality. I could not believe what I was eating was less than acceptible for me, till I tasted the tomatoes from Radish Boya. Picked in the morning and sent to you the same day, when I opend the packages I almost felt like i was in the farm. ie strong beautiful scent of the vegetables."

--Natasha Watts, Tokyo with

Radish Boya`s website is only in Japanese.

For organic food in Japan visit Radish Boya`s homepage.

Foods in Japan -- Oisix

Is another organic food delivery service that delivers to your door. The site is in Japanese so you will need help to read it if you don`t read Japanese.

Check out the organic food available at Oisix

Foods in Japan: The Flying Pig--Costco

If you don`t want to order food in bulk but still need your Cheerios in the morning you should check out the Flying Pig. They, for a reasonable fee, will deliver Costco items right to your door! You don`t even need to be a Costco member.

If you live in or near a city of 200,000 or more there is usually a supermarket or two that specializes in foreign food. You can go there to get your fix of food from home.

However, eating like a Japanese is the best bet for your health and your saifu (wallet).

Visit the Flying Pig!

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What Do You Do With Your Rhubarb?

I really miss Mom`s rhubarb pies. She made a straight rhubarb pie which was kind of sour and tangy but good and we usually had it with vanilla ice cream, and she also made a stawberry rhubarb pie that was sweet, sour and tangy and we often had that with cream or with ice cream,mmmh--good!

Many of us living in Japan have space for a small garden or already have a small garden, why not grow your own rhubarb like my family did in Canada.

And rhubard isn`t just for dessert. Did you ever think you could have a rhubarb-supper instead of rhubarb just for dessert?


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YoYo Market Delivers Foods in Japan & More to Your Door in Japan

Jason Maitland contacted us about his foods in Japan from Yoyo Market and their services.

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Some Recommended Healthy Foods in Japan

Healthy foods in Japan:

I had complained to my good friend that I needed to eat more healthfully. He recommended the following foods which are all available in Japan from your local supermarket or the sources listed above:

If you don`t know what these are, I suggest you ask for them at your local grocery store:

nuka zuke (kyuuri is good)

kyuuri no kyuuchan

takana konbu

aji no hiraki



saba no mirinboshi

yuzu miso daikon

nimono (eg nikujaga)

curry rice

dorset brand muesli



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Foods in Japan -- But how about a Spanish Recipe?

looking for a traditional Spanish recipe? ...

The prodigious paella - tasty, adaptable, gregarious dish famed throughout Spain and the World - is surely the dish that first comes to mind when thinking of traditional Spanish recipes.

And, what an impressive choice of recipes exist - seafood, chicken, rabbit ... or a mixture of all three.

Perhaps you're non-meat eating?... Well, just opt for one of the many vegetarian recipes.

Bit of a health fanatic? Then substitute white rice for whole-grain rice or wild rice.

Got a large family and not much money to feed them on? Use plenty of rice, imagination and love - along with a tasty stock, plus whatever you can find in the cupboard.

I've certainly enjoyed many paellas where there have been more bones/shells than meat/ seafood. And, very tasty they've been too - the richness of the company more than compensating for any paucity in ingredients.

So ... how do you go about making this wonderful dish?

First of all, you need to choose your rice. The short-grained rice from Valencia - where most Spanish rice originates - is fine for making paellas.

However, the "bomba" rice - grown in the neighboring region of Murcia - is the "king" ... short-grained, it has the ability to absorb the stock whilst remaining firm.

Another "must" is to use saffron ("azafrán") to create the gentle, yellow color for which this delectable dish is renowned.

Yes, it's possible to buy cheaper, artificial colorings but ... go for the traditional - it will bestow a wonderful aroma and unique flavor.

Many Spaniards swear perfection can only be achieved when using a tasty, home-made stock. Whatever you decide, allow at least double the amount of liquid to rice.

If, during cooking, the dish becomes a little dry, just add a dash more water or stock.

Another tip I've been told - on more than one occasion - is to gently fry the rice in oil for a few minutes before adding the stock.

I think all Spaniards would agree that - once cooked - it's best to leave paellas to stand for a good five minutes before serving.

Perhaps the most important ingredient is to use lashings and lashings of love whilst preparing it for, surely, that is something we can all afford. And enjoy to the full the marvellous company of those who will share it with you.

I shall now have to choose a recipe to offer you as an example!... I think I'll opt for a seafood paella, typical of the region of Valencia, where I live.

The ingredients are for a hearty four servings. If you are not a hefty eater, or on a diet, then reduce the amount of rice/stock slightly.

Paella Valenciana


* 4 cups rice * 8 cups fish stock * 8 king-sized prawns/langoustines * 8 mussels * 200 gr shrimps * 200 gr peas (fresh or frozen) * 2 tomatoes, skinned and chopped * 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced * 3 strands saffron, crumbled * Olive oil for frying


* Sauté garlic in a paella-type pan. * Add tomatoes, peas, shrimps and saffron. * Cook for a few minutes, add rice and stock. * Simmer for approximately 20 minutes. * Decorate with prawns and mussels. * Cover with a lid. * Poach the seafood for a few minutes. * Decorate with lemon quarters. * Enjoy!

by Linda Plummer of Top Tour of Spain