Local rice shops
Rice is probably the most important food source for the Japanese. Rice is usually bought at supermarkets in bags of 5kg or 10kg. But even though the supermarkets competition is strong, there are still plenty of rice shops that have survived only selling rice. These specialised shops sometimes have more varieties of rice that can’t be found in supermarkets, being able to choose their preferred type of rice is very important for many Japanese people. One of the most common varieties here in Japan is koshihikari.
I love the look and feel of rice shops, this is a local rice shop I photographed here in Tokyo:
And this is a huge rice vending machine. It is able to serve bags of 10Kg!
10Kg rice packages in a supermerket