A little bit ago, my friend, Savannah, and I went to a Japanese market called Mitsuwa Marketplace. It’s in a place called Arlington Heights, Illinois. It’s pretty close to Chicago. It’s a really cool place because it gives people the chance to experience Japanese culture right here in America.
It’s pretty big, and it has a lot more than just food. The first thing we did was go straight to the food court because we both wanted some authentic ramen noodles. I think there are six or seven places to eat in the food court. Most of them have more meal type food, but the one on the right corner is a desert place.
I got the salt ramen, and she got the soy sauce ramen (mine is the one on the left). Both were amazing, but I have to say mine was just a little bit better. So far I’ve tried salt, soy sauce, and miso ramen, and I have to say I would recommend salt ramen the most.
After slurping down our delicious ramen, we went to explore the rest of the stores. The first place we checked out was the DVD store. It had mostly anime, from what I could see, but there were some live action things, too. There were also a couple of games. I didn’t get any pictures, but I’m sure you guys can picture what DVD’s and games look like. We also passed a makeup store, but didn’t go in.
Next, we headed to the bookstore. There was a ton of manga (as you can see in the picture above). There was a whole wall of it and also a bunch of shelves. They also had posters, toys, drawing books, Japanese magazines, school supplies, action figures, and a lot of other knick knacks.
After that, we explored the more markety part of Mitsuwa. There were a lot of food isles, but there were also things like cooking utensils and beauty products. The first thing we did was look for the Pocky. We knew there’d be a lot of flavors, and I wanted to try something other than plain chocolate Pocky. I was not disappointed! They had flavors like green tea, strawberry, cookie dough, and even banana.
When we were done picking out our Pocky, we wandered the isles and saw so many snacks and candies that we could barely choose. There was also fresh produce and fish. We also bought some drinks for the road. I got two because I couldn’t choose!
You could also buy pre-made sushi. Can you tell which picture is real sushi and which one is plastic? There were a lot of plastic displays of food. I thought it was a really cool idea because you can see exactly what you’re going to get, and plastic food isn’t going to go bad, so they can keep using it for a long time. By the way, the top picture is the fake one.
Savannah and I walked around looking at everything for maybe an hour or two before we decided to get some dessert. We headed back to the food court and got some mochi ice cream. I got green tea flavored and she got chocolate. It was amazing! I’ve gotten mochi ice cream at restaurants, but I think there’s something special about getting it at an actual Japanese market.
The last thing we did was go to the bakery to grab more dessert to eat at home! There were a bunch of sweet treats. Some of them were even in cute shapes like animals or fruits.
I hope you guys liked this post. If you have a Japanese market nearby, I definitely recommend checking it out. It was really fun for us! I have more pictures of things I bought and the outfit I wore that day, but I don’t want this post to be too long, so I’m going to put up another post about that very soon. Thanks for reading!