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21 Reasons Why Mitsuwa Is The Japanese Supermarket Your Heart Craves

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If you've ever stepped foot in a Mitsuwa Marketplace, you know it's not your ordinary grocery store. It's a whole damn experience.

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1. It's a vast, magical superstore that provides a slice of Japan right here in the States.

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2. A utopia where you can find daikon, Yakult, and Kewpie mayonnaise all in one place.

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3. Where you gaze at the food court displays filled with perfectly lacquered food...

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...as you passive-aggressively battle other families for a table.

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4. I mean, what better way to be greeted when walking into a store than with free samples?

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5. The ramen here will restore your faith in everything.

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6. Not to mention the freshly battered, decadent goodness that is Hannosuke tempura.

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7. And they've got obanyaki for DAYS. You know the fish shape when you see it.

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Seriously enticing to watch being made!

8. Two words: Matcha Love. A stand dedicated entirely to matcha desserts!

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Can't decide? Get all three flavors: matcha green tea, black sesame, and hoji-cha.
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Can't decide? Get all three flavors: matcha green tea, black sesame, and hoji-cha.

9. But really, they have green tea everything.

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10. AND BABIES. EVERYWHERE. The entire store is like adorable baby overload.

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11. The onigiri here does not mess around, and many of these little rice balls are $1 each. I'll take one of everything please.

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12. And the sushi ain't your average Whole Foods sushi. They make killer rolls that are fresher than you!

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13. The pickle section is an endless landscape of color and beauty.

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They will pickle just about anything in Japan!
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They will pickle just about anything in Japan!

14. And their seafood section is pretty insane too.

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15. It's also a beauty product wonderland. Masks on masks on masks!

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16. Everything in the snack aisle is so adorable and colorful it's hard not to buy it all. Did you even know there were this many different types of Pocky?

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17. Desperately looking for some shrimp-flavored snacks or dried squid? Don't worry, they have it.

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18. I mean the bread from their bakery literally smiles at you.

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19. And it's packaging heaven. Every detail is brilliant and so damn cute, how could you not want to buy this stuff?

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20. Some stores even have awesome events like the Japanese Summer Festival.

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21. And although it can get insanely crowded, what makes it all worth it is that Mitsuwa just makes you feel like you're home.

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