At the far end of the indoor mall, on the outskirts of Little Tokyo, there is a grocery store that beacons with its bright, fluorescent lights. Everything within Mitsuwa Marketplace caters to the Japanese-American shoppers from the area. The walls are lined with mounds of fresh produce specific to Japanese cuisine. The refrigerated cases are filled with fresh and frozen seafood – there are even drawings of the imported fish with labels to help identify all the cuts of meat. Several rows of herbs and spices help give the market a distinct scent and allow shoppers to find flavors they may be unable to locate elsewhere.
Of course, Mitsuwa Marketplace also has rows of canned and bagged Japanese snacks – chips, puffs, and salty treats specific to the Eastern culture that, frankly, Ralphs will never carry. Beyond the packaged junk food, though, the market has several kiosks of fresh pre-prepared food, including sushi, soups, teas, and desserts. Along with a specialty pastry shop and a pharmacy, there is also a restaurant where weary shoppers can recharge on freshly prepared Katsuhana, Santouka, Miyabitei and other Japanese staples.
The Mitsuwa Marketplace has an extensive inventory and authentic food that can only be found in this area of Los Angeles. Just outside the market, within the mall, you can also find affordable Japanese dishes, utensils, and decorations.
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* Other locations at 21515 Western Ave (Torrance) and 3760 Centinela Ave (Santa Monica). See official website for details.