Charles Roche writes, I have a favor to ask. For many years Maki Shoten was the imported food lifeline for the expat community in Kyoto. We would certainly have survived the holidays without turkeys and mince meat and cheeses and honey and candy canes, but without the smile. Today, with large import shops in more convenient locations Maki is being forgotten. That’s a … [Read more...]
Jupiter has Hobnobs!
Yes! Jupiter has Hobnobs! Twixes too! I need never go back to England again! Thanks and praise to Sheila Campbell for passing on this important news! If you are not already aware of it, Jupiter is a huge emporium of imported goods in the underground Porta shopping complex that lies in front of Kyoto Station. They have an impressive selection of confectionery and … [Read more...]
Some time ago I wrote a short guide to Kyoto's import stores and also this piece on natural food suppliers, but on both occasions I neglected to add links to some of the online food suppliers available here in Japan. Silly me. Let's quickly rectify that now. First up is The Flying Pig. In their own words: Reasonable prices on imported groceries and general merchandise in … [Read more...]
In Search of… Marmite.
The Deep Kyoto Guide to Import Stores Living abroad, we all have one little something we miss from home, the absence of which makes our life seem less than complete. For me that thing I crave is Marmite; those little brown jars of nutritious yeasty goodness. A by-product of beer brewing (further evidence of the coolness of beer) this delicious goop is packed with B vitamins … [Read more...]