One thing on everyone's mind when you move to foreign country is "Where can I buy good quality foods?" especially for people who are careful about what they eat.
So this time, I am going to share my shop lists here. I understand that everyone has a different opinion on what is considered safe so I would like to emphasize that this is just my personal list based on my experiences. It is my hope that you can also find something you think it is good from this lists.
Most of those stores are online, however I will also list some stores you can actually visit too!
This is the main food delivery service I use every week in order to purchase organic meat and fruits. I also purchase herbs, seasonings and soaps for the laundry and shower. (My family does not use any shampoo. We just use a bar soap and rice vinegar as a conditioner. )
In order to purchase from them, you need to enroll in their service and pay small fee every month (1,000 yen for the main service, 100 yen for any additional support services you would like, and 100 yen for the booklet they published every month). If you are not interested in their delivery service, they have an actual store called デポー(depo). I believe that the price of each product is a bit more expensive there, but you don't need to enroll their service to purchase their products. Below is the list of "depo" you can find.
As an alternative to Seikatsu Club, I recently started purchasing their vegetable set every week because I found myself getting sensitive to pesticides again. You can order when you needed or you can register an automatic order (定期便 Teikibin）which is going to be a bit cheaper. All of their vegetables are pesticide free.
I used this website before because it was on a recommendation list of a book I had read and their vegetables are non-pesticide and non-fertilized (it is called Shizen saibai 自然栽培). I decided to quit it because their system was not that convenient for my lifestyle. However, their other products are pretty good too if you are interested. They have Marukawa miso (information below) and a great soy milk yogurt drink as well.
They have an amazing Miso if you are looking for the real miso. They make miso in a very traditional way with their own original yeast and great quality water. So it does not comparable to any Miso you can find at the supermarket. Also, if you want to make your own Miso, they sell organic soy beans and pesticide and fertilizer free soy beans.
This website has lots of vegan or vegetarian foods including sugar-free kids snacks. I usually pick up their soy sauce, salt, vinegar, and brown rice.
I often buy their pesticide and fertilizer free fruits. Since they are Shizen saibai fruits, you cannot purchase specific fruits all the time. I do not mind this at all because it is how nature works, thus I enjoy seasonal fruits a lot more. I personally think it is much more tasty than house-raised fruits. This website has vegetables as well.
This is a very popular Japanese organic market, which provides books, cosmetics, baby friendly materials, foods and vegetables. They have the actual store at Omotesando, Tokyo. I subscribe their magazine as well because they focus on traditional and natural life style.
【Address】3-8-15, Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
【FAX】03-3407-9568 (vegetable market; 03-3406-6376)
【Open to Close】11:00～19:00 Restaurant close 23:00/vegetable market close 20:00
【Access】3 mins from Omotesando station
Later on, I may add a bit more resources later as I remember them. If you need any help on how to pick specific foods on each website, please feel free to leave a comment here and we can look at in more detail later!
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