Anyone who has known me for a long time would know that I love most if not all things Japanese. When I heard from one of my clients that there was an authentic Japanese grocers in Melbourne, I was estatic. Turns out Melbourne has a Japanese grocery store that has been established since the early 1990s and that is Fujimart. In fact we have two according to Go Japan Go. One of them is Fujimart on Elizabeth St next to Aldi in South Yarra and the other is on Burke Rd, Hawthorn (Suzuran). I definitely need to check the other one out mainly because it’s a little bit closer to me than Fujimart.

Now my local Asian grocers already stock Japanese and Korean groceries. To me that was already amazing. So when I went into Fujimart and realised that the whole store is dedicated to Japanese produts, I was stoked. Fujimart is just filled with items imported from Japan from stationery, kitchen utensils, dining plates and bowls, storage items and of snacks and grocery foods.

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Everything…made in Japan. A was a very happy snapper. All this variety, if I ever needed to cook another Japanese dish again, I know the right place to go to if my local grocers didn’t have them in store. It felt like I was experiencing a moment where it I was sort of in Japan but no where near it.

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2013-05-17 Fujimart (6,7,9,11)

Here you can see lots of tea, confectionery, noodles, condiments, seasonings and just everything you need to get all your Japanese pantry items.

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More confectionery. If you pay close attention you can see some matcha (green tea) flavoured chocolate and biscuits. Yum! I was quite surprised (well I shouldn’t be, but I was) to see that they even had Japanese cutlery, china and dining ware. It was just all so amazing and cool. I would love to have one of those small bowls for food and even pots and cups for tea.

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I felt a bit awkard going inside and taking pictures only, so I ended up buying a couple of things on the way out. I got myself an exfoliating mitt, some yakisoba noodles and matcha chocolate strips. The exfoliating mitt works well. I thought it was the special Korean of Japanese mitt where you can see your dead skin cells literally rubbing off when using it, but that wasn’t the case. It’s very gentle on the skin while still does it’s job quite well. The chocolate was delicious and was gone in two days once my brother laid his eyes on it. As for the noodles, lets just say I have not been ready to open them up and use them just yet. The noodles are fresh noodles, so minimal cooking required and even though the instructions are all in Japanese, I’m sure I’ll be able to cook just fine by looking at the pictures on the back. The noodles are too precious to cook just yet, but I’m craving for some yakisoba soon and I have way too much cabbage at home to eat on it’s own so….it won’t be long now.

I can’t wait to come back here again. It’s like a mini Japanese grocery wonderland for me. But as I mentioned earlier in the post, there is another one closer to where I live, so I’ll probably check that out first and see what it’s like as well.

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