When I first came to Japan, I tried all kind of Japanese dishes. I thought, since I am in Japan, I should try to experience the Japanese life style. Especially cooking Japanese (also because cooking Western can be very expensive here). But as much as I love Japanese food, I notice I feel better eating western-ish food. It’s really remarkable how important food habits are for your mental health too. I can’t really explain it, but it might be an inconsiousness ‘habit’, part of who you are, your cultural background you grew up in (this idea is a bit of Bourdieu’s term ‘habits’). It’s lingering deep inside yourself…
Anyway, maintaining this Western life style or life style I feel the best with (which is eating as healthy as possible) is a bit expensive in Japan because
- Staples get expensiver (whole weat spaghetti, peanut butter, etc)
- Fruit is so expensive
- My favourite granola or cornflakes also are more expensive … a lot
- Cheese is also expensive but I don’t eat cheese so it’s ok
- Western food is mostly imported so it’ll be more expensive
The shops I go the most to are (besides the normal supermarket)
- Seijo Ishi
- Natural House, Lima, or other organic shops
In these shops I will get chick peas or legumes, tortilla wraps, sriracha, peanuts butter, european-ish bread, whole wheat spaghetti, non sugared almond milk
In my local supermarket I will wait untill they have their ‘sales’day once a week where fruit and veggies get cheaper.
If I don’t plan it’s really too expensive and by planning ahead I can save a lot of money by calculating in those ‘sale’ days.