There are 3 major differences about grocery shopping in Japan…
1. EVERYTHING is SMALL (except for the grocery stores themselves)
2. 85% of the meat section is fish
3. Grocery store employees shout about sales/featured items in a song-like fashion!
At a Japanese supermarket, you cannot buy a gallon of milk or a half gallon of of ice cream. A big bag of chips would qualify as a small bag in the U.S. A large section of the store smells fishy since most of the meat is fish (sushi, octopus, salmon, tuna, etc). If you don’t like fish….avoid the supermarket when visiting Japan. In addition to fish, there is a small beef, pork and chicken section. Most of the boneless chicken breast are not skinless. Also, chicken is typically packaged as 1 or 2 boneless breast. A package of wings might have 3 or 4 wings. There are no United States style family packs of chicken! Beef is sold in paper-thin strips, ready for a stir fry, soy soup or miso soup. And, yes, yes, specials are heard in song. Sales associates walk through the produce or meat section announcing featured grocery items.