I remember my first time in a supermarket when I came to Japan. I had a difficult time finding anything I wanted. I spent an hour in the supermarket searching for what I wanted. Now, I can find things easily, no problem. However, I still have some problems. Maybe they’re more like complaints.
Japanese bread is terrible. I can’t find proper bread that can be used to make sandwiches. The bread here is usually sold in small bags with extremely thick slices of white bread. And this isn’t just any white bread, this is white bread that’s full of fat. It’s soft and moist, but also extremely unhealthy. I can’t eat all of the sandwiches after I make them, because I feel sick from the fattening bread. I haven’t been able to find wheat bread at all.
Cheese is too expensive. Any cheese is expensive. Milk isn’t a big thing in Japan, so it is expensive. This makes cheese expensive. Ice cream is expensive, too.
No pepperoni! I love pepperoni, but all I can find is salami. I want pepperoni!
Japanese salt and vinegar potato chips are a joke. It’s not a very common flavour here, but I have found salt and vinegar potato chips in Japan. However, it’s not imported, it’s made in Japan. It’s terrible! Honestly, who has ever heard of sweet salt and vinegar potato chips? Ugh!
Convenience store sandwiches suck. Mayonnaise is on everything. I hate mayo. And it uses the awful Japanese bread. Enough said.
Wasteful packaging. In Canada, you can buy cookies and eat them right out of the tray that’s in the package. In Japan, once you open the package, you have to open individually wrapped cookies. Waste of plastic!
Although this has nothing to do with buying groceries, I do have another food gripe to make. Kentucky Fried Chicken in Japan is very greasy. If you thought North American KFC was greasy, Japanese KFC is even greasier. I can’t each much.
So, what do you think?