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Costco Japan Exists And It Looks Like A Damn Paradise

Excuse me while I pack my bags.

There's no grocery store* I love more in the world than Costco. So, imagine my utter delight when, on a recent Instagram search, I discovered that Costco has locations in Japan. 😱

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*Okay, so it's more warehouse than grocery store β€” but in my life, Costco is more of an endearing neighborhood grocery stop than a faceless cavern of foodstuffs.

From the busy check-out counters to the food court, the Costco there looks pretty similar to what we have in the States.

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1. Except that Costco Japan's selection offers a few ~exclusive~ industrial-sized picks. Giant boxes of spicy Nongshim ramen, for example:

2. And premade pancakes:

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Where was this last Saturday?!

3. Costco Japan also carries large bottles of Kewpie mayonnaise, which most of us can only purchase online:

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4. And, of course, enough Pocky to feed a classroom:

Or me after a beer.

5. You've tried combination pizza, but have you tried THIS combination pizza?!

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6. And who doesn't need a bag of bulgogi snacks?

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7. They also offer this strawberry shortcake that shoppers seem to be huge fans of:

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Seriously, they're really into the dessert:

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It's the stuff of every proper Costco Instagram post.

8. The food court perplexingly sells slices of Hawaiian pizza, which IMO is the most American thing ever:

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9. Along with this droolworthy peaches-topped soft-serve:

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Because sometimes you're feeling a little more adventurous than chocolate- or vanilla-flavored nonfat yogurt:

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10. If your shopping trip was especially grueling, you can also treat yourself to an extra-decadent pecans and caramel soft-serve:

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11. But TBH the most envy-inducing things that Japanese Costcos offer are these huge trays of sushi:

Each of these boxes costs 2,480 yen, or around $23 USD β€” a goddamn steal, considering I'd pay the same amount for just two of those sushi rows.

Look at how tender and buttery the fish looks:

Can you believe this decadence?!

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12. And if super-fresh sushi doesn't cut it for you, check out this chirashi:

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Like, I have never seen this much roe and tuna in one plate in my life:

All for 1,490 yen, or around $13 USD.

13. Okay, but actually I lied: The MOST extra Costco food is frozen packs of ESCARGOT. 🐌🐌

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14. And unlike the leftover boxes in which we US Costco members have to dump our purchases into, Japan customers can purchase vinyl bags for a mere 100 yen (90 cents) each. Because how else would you transport your raw cut fish, escargot, and other delicacies?