Tomato (とまと) The store

Several years ago my Japanese language teacher, Chikage, would introduce us to Japanese foods.  (she’s far left, I’m middle)

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Once she bought matcha to class for us to drink, we went to Japanese restaurants, she took us all to her room to try umeboshi, and we also went to a Japanese grocery store.
On my excursions due to work I would sometimes pass by this sign and it always looked vaguely familiar though I wasn’t sure why, hence the vague part.

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I never get to stop because I am on my way somewhere and I have to be on time. By the time I come back it’s dark and well after close time so I don’t stop. Well this week I happen to be in the area with some time to kill so I turned around and went to investigate.  I pulled up and there was an elderly asian lady outside a door. I asked her was this place a store and she confirmed that it was. I parked and gingerly made my way inside because I didn’t want to embarrass myself by walking into a restaurant that wasn’t fully open yet.   At the end of the hallway there were two doors and the left one looked like a store. I went in and it was the store Chikage had taken us to all those years ago.  That is why it looked so familiar.

I looked around for a second because I had been looking for this place for years but I never remembered where it was. I looked at a clerk behind the desk and said, “I have not been here for 10 years.” She said with a smile, “Well where have you been?”  I explained briefly that I came here with my teacher many years back and never remember where it was.

After some looking around I decided it was time for some old favorites and that I would come back for some more eclectic things later.

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In there is some Pocky(almond and strawberry), Kinoko no yama (tasty chocolate mushrooms), a bar of meiji chocolate, furikake, ramen and umeboshi.

Next time I go back I will pick up some macha, dango, curry, shrimp snacks, plum wine, mirin and sticky rice. I also completely missed the periodicals section. So many magazines.

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