Seibu Department Store

Supermarket sushi becomes a hot topic with foreigners on Reddit, but is it any good?

Is this Japanese supermarket sushi really worth the hype?

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Hidden oasis on a Japanese department store rooftop is home to Monet’s Pond in Tokyo

Free to visit, this huge rooftop is one of the best places to take a break from the chaos of the city. 

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We buy limited edition gourmet-flavored Kit Kats — at the world’s first Kit Kat specialty store!

Who doesn’t love Kit Kats? They’re tasty, available in many interesting flavors, and they’re even considered a good luck snack in Japan for students preparing for entrance exams because the name Kit Kat sounds somewhat like the phrase “You’ll win for sure! (Kitto Katsu)” in Japanese. Well, the popular chocolate snack now seems to have reached a new level of refinement and consumer appeal, as the world’s very first specialty Kit Kat shop opened this past Friday at the Seibu Department Store in Ikebukuro, Tokyo.  A shop that sells Kit Kats exclusively? Now, that sounds like something to be excited about!

But that wasn’t all — to our further delight, we heard that the Kit Kat Chocolatory, as the specialty shop is called, was selling Kit Kats in original flavors created by renowned patissier Yasumasa Takagi. Well,  there simply was no way we were going to miss this, so off we went to Ikebukuro to visit the shop, on opening day, no less! What else could we do, right?
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