Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Food We Ate : Food From Depachika

Sometimes, when we are too lazy or too tired to go out for dinner after a long day sightseeing, we opted to bring back food and eat in the comfort of our hotel room. Usually, instead of buying food at a restaurant to-go, we would just head to the nearest supa or depachika for our dinner.

What's depachika? A depachika is the basement floor of a Japanese department store. Depachika is short for "depaato-chika shokuhin uriba" which means department store basement food-selling place. You can find various type of booths selling groceries, delicatessen foods, liquors, deserts and sweets at these depachika, and food stuff to buy as omiyage too. Depachika at major department stores such as Mitsukoshi, Matsuzakaya and Matsuya located in major areas of Tokyo, like Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ginza, Ueno, Ikebukuro and Asakusa are a sight to behold. Do visit one these department stores if you are in Japan. Sure beats buying a burger from McD and eat it in your room.

Those bento meals sold at Jusco here in KL, pale in comparison to what is offered at a Japanese depachika.

I got this idea about writing this post on depachika, and then I realised one thing. I never tried taking photo while browsing in a supermarket or department store! I should do it next time, I guess. But in the meantime, no photos of the basement floor!

Anyway, we've gotten pretty nice dinner  bought at either depachika or supa. I remember fondly of a nice paella I bought from Queen's Isetan in Kinshicho and how we spent a lot of money going crazy buying way too much food at Seibu/Tobu. Or the time we literally had a free lunch just by sampling food items at Isetan in Kyoto.

Here's Raimie enjoying his dinner bought from Ito Yokado. We got it  at almost closing time, and got a pretty nice discounts for our dinner. Thrifty people like us won't say no to discounts!

Department stores in Japan do close early so our discounted dinner was bought not that late at night.We sure wouldn't want to let Raimie suffer hunger!


  1. I think their late night discounted food are still good knowing well the Japanese food standard.
    Blessed Christmas Lina :)

  2. @VanillaSeven,
    Yes, the standard is really high so I never have worries about food there, even the discounted ones.

    Have a happy new year! :)

  3. I had no idea the basement of the department store is called a depachika. Two of the best things about Japan are the food and shopping. It is always lively and have lots of selections that makes it difficult to choose. It is fun to watch them make the pastries. :)

  4. @AVCr8teur,
    I myself learnt the word depachika from JapanesePod101 survival series. :)

    They have too many good stuff in the basement. I too have difficulty deciding what I want. :D

  5. i think it would take a long time to sample every kind of food Japan has to offer. if i were there, i would try any food i can get my hands on.

  6. @LR,
    True. I bet you'll have fun trying to sample them too! ^-^

  7. OK, learn a new Japanese word today : )

  8. Oh yes! You should have taken photos! Next time then : )

  9. Oh! I want to have free Japanese lunch by sampling all the food!! Haha!

  10. Definitely will not miss out on the discounts! LOL!

  11. @foong,
    I love free food sampling in Japan. You should try it too so, come come. Let's go visit Japan. XD

  12. you should've taken a photo of that supermarket, makes me eager to see what they offer there.

  13. @Ayie,
    If you want to see supas photo,head over to Anna's awesome blog, Tochigi Daily Photo. She just put up a post on supermarket and she certainly was succesful in making me miss Japan a lot!


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