Friday, October 24, 2014

The "depachika" of Japan are fun places, kind of like food theme parks.

Japanese depachika are Japan’s department store food floors which boast a mind-boggling array of foods. Depachika are located on the bottom floor of Japanese department stores. The word “depachika” is a combination of the Japanese word “depaato,” which is Japanese for department store, and “chika,” which is Japanese for basement.”

With a diverse array of delicatessen shop spaces carrying Japanese, Western, and Chinese food, these "depachika" areas are almost like outdoor markets. There is so much variety available, it seems like there is nothing that cannot be bought here. And some shops offer food samples. If you are offered, try a bite!!