The supermarket in Japan was great fun. The seafood section was huge compared to the meat section; opposite from my grocery store here in the U.S. There were unfamiliar vegetables, very different snack items and many seafood options that simply are absent at my local grocery store.
Grocery store visits in travels abroad make great tourist destinations. One gets to see different food items, labels in different languages, different marketing techniques, etc. In fact, there were Japanese men in the produce section during my visit shouting out something that sounded to me like moaning. But they were, in fact, greeting customers to the produce section. Moreover, a visit to the grocery store while abroad is a great way to experience local culture and see everyday people in an everyday setting.
The photo shows two different vegetables commonly eaten in Japan. I actually ate both several times in my meals but did not know what they looked like uncooked in the produce section. Can you name the two vegetables?