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  • Hey guys, welcome back to my channel! I just got back inside from doing my

  • weekly grocery shopping trip and I thought I would share it with you guys

  • because if you're anything like me you're probably really interested to see

  • what kind of products they have here in Japan that I'm eating on a weekly basis

  • and maybe how much things cost here because it's probably a little different

  • than where you live! So there are two grocery shops in my town that I frequent

  • a lot they both carry a very different range of products so I find that I kind

  • of have to go to both of them once a week to get everything that I want. The

  • one that's close to my house does carry all the necessities and I could get by

  • just by going there but the one that's a little further has an import shop so I

  • can get like foreign snacks and foreign cooking ingredients. I use this huge bag

  • when I go shopping I tend to buy a lot of food I do a lot of cooking at home

  • especially now that I'm inside all the time but this is pretty similar to what

  • I would buy on a normal basis as well. Produce wise I just got some broccoli and

  • some bananas this week. I wanted to get some more bananas but unfortunately I

  • don't drive and I haven't purchased a bicycle since I moved to Morioka so I

  • need to make sure that the amount of groceries that I buy I'm able to carry

  • home! It's quite a long walk so I only got four bananas normally I would

  • get a lot more because I like to freeze them for smoothies. One of the major

  • differences that I find at Japanese grocery stores is that the fruit section

  • is very seasonal. At the moment strawberries are in season so there are

  • like three rows of strawberries, different types of strawberries from all

  • over northern Japan but other fruits that aren't in season at the moment are

  • very difficult to find, whereas back in Canada I found that we kind of had a

  • little bit of everything all year round. So that's something I've had to get used

  • to in Japan. It's kind of fun though because you're always looking forward to

  • strawberry season. Oh the strawberries are back, awesome! Because

  • you couldn't get them all year right? So it's kind of fun.

  • Oh and I got an avocado of course. So my grocery store is really weird with the

  • pricing of avocados, it fluctuates like crazy. I would say probably the average

  • price is about 175 yen sometimes that goes up to 195 and on a really good day

  • I can find them for 98 yen and I'll stock up on a whole bunch of them. It was

  • just a regular price today so I got one. I've been eating a lot of pasta recently.

  • normally I just buy these packs of spaghetti they're like already packaged

  • into one serving size bundles, it's very convenient. And then I get this tomato

  • and garlic, it's like a ragu sauce. I'll usually add some veggies like peppers or

  • onions. Makes a really quick dinner for when I'm feeling super lazy. This is a

  • brand new product that I was super excited to see because Mabo tofu is one

  • of my favorite dishes! It is like a spicy tofu and it normally has ground meat in

  • it you can see it looks like ground meat. But this one is made with soy meat! It

  • is very rare to find a dish like this prepared with soy meat in like a premade

  • sauce like this. So all I have to do is cut up tofu and add the sauce to it and

  • I'll have a spicy tofu dish for dinner! I've noticed that recently Japan is

  • really getting into the fake meat scene. Slowly I'm seeing more products

  • arise, especially like pre-made things like this. Okay I got this to try out a

  • brand new recipe that I've never made before. These are harusame noodles

  • and what I want to make with this is sunomono salad! So if you go to a

  • Japanese restaurant in Canada they always have sunomono salad on the menu

  • it's basically these noodles with like a vinegar and maybe some cucumbers or some

  • shrimp and tomato. Those are usually the basic ingredients. What is funny is I've

  • never had that dish in Japan, I've never seen it in Japan, it's just not a thing. But

  • I love it so much and I kind of miss it so I'm going to attempt to make it

  • myself with these harusame noodles! Are you guys ready for probably the

  • most exciting development of my life in recent weeks?

  • Japan has come out with a cereal that actually looks really good, and like

  • something you would get in North America! Now if you saw my previous Japanese

  • cereal video that I put out a couple weeks ago with Emma, they have a very

  • interesting selection of cereals here. If you go to the supermarket you'll see

  • that about 70 to maybe even 80% of the cereal row is different flavours of

  • granola. There are probably over ten maybe even fifteen flavours of granola at my

  • local supermarket. But today they had these unicorn fruit loops! It is so rare to

  • see like a really sugary junk cereal like this in Japan and I have to get it

  • because crappy breakfast cereals are one of my weaknesses. I like to think I have

  • a relatively healthy diet, I eat pretty well most of the time. But now that this

  • is available things are gonna change. It's made by Kellogg's so it probably

  • tastes really similar to the Froot Loops back home in Canada. Heck yeah and it was

  • only like $2, it was so cheap. I also got a bag of my usual cereal that I

  • get these are genmai flakes. Genmai is brown rice. I thought I would try this.

  • I've actually never made this at home myself. These are the little tofu pouches,

  • they're like deep-fried tofu pouches and then I got some kishimen to put them

  • on top instead of udon. They're basically udon that has been

  • flattened out. I've had them at one restaurant so far and I really enjoyed

  • them so I'm gonna try making that. These are one of my favourite snacks!

  • They're called Sapporo Potato and they're a vegetable stick, a little

  • potato stick with chunks of veggies in them. They're not healthy at all they're

  • like a deep-fried, basically like a potato chip, but the package was sakura

  • I thought it was so cute. Normally I don't get much junk food like this but I

  • was attracted to the really pretty packaging. The Sakura have finally

  • started to bloom here in Morioka, like just starting today was the first time

  • that I've noticed them. So probably within the next week or two they should

  • be in full bloom! And finally I got some nori to make some sushi rolls. That's it

  • for my regular grocery store, and then I went to the import store to see what

  • they had, to see if I can find anything fun. And I found lentils for the first

  • time ever! But this is not a product that you would normally be able to find in a

  • regular supermarket here, you have to go to an import shop to get it

  • unfortunately. I also found this butter chicken curry paste and when I looked at

  • the instructions you actually add the butter and the milk and the chicken

  • yourself, so the sauce itself doesn't have any dairy products or chicken or

  • anything in it. It's just a bunch of really yummy sounding Indian spices so

  • I'm gonna make this with my soy butter and my soy milk and add some tofu to it

  • and make like a butter tofu curry to go on rice really excited to try that!

  • Last but not least, I found microwaved popcorn it's not really a common thing

  • you would find in the supermarket so I picked these up from the import shop.

  • They were only like a dollar each which is a score for a product that comes from

  • outside of Japan. I would say normally I would buy a lot more fresh produce but

  • because I'm trying to go to the grocery store as few times as possible

  • throughout the month I've been eating a lot more frozen vegetables than usual so

  • my freezer is packed with frozen goods. But yeah I thought I'll give you guys a

  • little tour of my fridge! Alright it wouldn't be a proper fridge tour without

  • showing you what I've got going on on my fridge door. So I've got some purikura that

  • I took with Candie! This is my meal ideas sheet. I'm the type of person that will

  • eat the same thing for breakfast and the same thing for lunch and dinner like

  • over and over again throughout the week. So I try to encourage myself to try some

  • more variety with my cooking. This is one of the shots from my 80s photo shoot

  • with Taylor! Some more purikura with Natsuki and

  • the message I got at the restaurant from my birthday party last year!

  • It's quite a tiny fridge, fridges in Japan are in general this size I would

  • say. Unless you're like a big family with kids. The top row is my favourite because

  • at the moment it is stocked full of pudding! Japan just released a

  • plant-based pudding by the pucchin pudding company. This is probably Japan's

  • I would say most famous pudding. The typical custard pudding with a

  • caramel sauce on the bottom. This is made all from plants! And recently I found

  • these mango puddings which are made with soy milk, so those have been my like

  • go-to desserts recently. Next we have soy yogurt at the back there, that's just

  • like a regular plain soy yogurt and this one has aloe pieces in it. Haven't

  • tried that one yet, not sure how it is. But again Japan seems to really be

  • increasing their amount of soy products which is very exciting as someone who

  • doesn't like eating dairy. This is my soy milk-based margarine, I use that

  • on toast and stuff. And in the back we've got my favourite soy milk flavours of

  • chocolate and earl grey tea! Not much going on on the next shelf. Got some

  • sriracha sauce and some ketchup that I use in cooking a lot. Some apple juice,

  • this is a tomato paste that I use in Hungarian cooking. Got half an avocado

  • left over from this morning, some tofu and miso paste. On the next shelf I've

  • got some fun products that I haven't tried out yet. This one here is a jyajyamen

  • made with noodles that are sugar free basically just a lower calorie

  • noodle but jyajyamen is actually the specialty of my town here in Morioka.

  • We're famous for noodles. Jyajyamen is usually made with meat but this one here

  • it didn't have any meat in the sauce so I thought I would give it a shot. I'll

  • let you guys know how that goes when I eventually get around to trying it!

  • Here we've got some agedashi tofu it's tofu fried in like a tempura batter, so

  • good. In these little Tupperware containers I've got some leftover

  • veggies, some green peppers up top, and some carrots. Down on the bottom this

  • is like my obscure drink collection. Every time I find an interesting drink

  • at the grocery store I have to buy it, it's like an obsession of mine. Like I

  • don't drink soda but I saw this strawberry coke and I just had to get

  • one so I can try it. This is a sparkling sake, it's not very alcoholic at all

  • it's more just like the flavor of sake and it's pretty sweet. This is like a

  • tree sap drink that I got as an omiyage (souvenir) from someone. Lots of these are

  • omiyage. This as well, this is a strawberry cider from a strawberry farm.

  • some more omiyage sake in the background there.

  • These are one of my favourite vitamin drinks. These are one of the only ones

  • that don't have artificial sweeteners in them! So if you're like me and you try to

  • avoid artificial sweeteners this is one of the only jelly vitamin drinks

  • that you can get that doesn't have them in it, so look out for this one. It's House

  • brand, it's called perfect vitamin. It's a grapefruit

  • flavour, really good. Lettuce there. All right now over in the door, I've got this

  • it's like a ginger paste mixed with sugar and lemon peel and it's great to

  • add to boiling water when you've got a cold, super tasty. Some wasabi paste for

  • sushi, this is like a lush oil massage bar I think, I keep it in the fridge so

  • it doesn't melt. Down here I've got some maple syrup, I actually really don't like

  • Canadian real maple syrup like this but I do use this in cooking, not on my

  • pancakes. Some salad dressings, chili sauce, these are basically just like

  • cooking sauces. This here is my favourite skin serum, it's like a vitamin

  • serum for your skin. I keep it in the fridge so that it doesn't oxidize. Keeps it

  • nice and fresh. Down at the bottom I've got my soy milk and these are all

  • things like cooking sake. This is mirin it's like a sweet liquid that's used in

  • lots of Japanese recipes. Liquid aminos, okonomiyaki sauce, vinegar, mayo and some

  • more sweet chili paste. So that was about it for inside the fridge and then down

  • below is my freezer and I've got a pack of bananas that I'm freezing for