Out & About: Day Trip To Mitsuwa, NJ

Day Trip!

On Friday Roy and I took a loooong overdue day trip to Edgewater, NJ to visit the 4-day Gourmet Fair that was taking place in the Mitsuwa shopping plaza. Yes, my idea of a day off includes grocery shopping! I don’t even care because the food was so damn good.


We arrived pretty hungry after being stuck in NY traffic, so we beelined for the ramen since it’s not an easy thing to come by where we live. The booth was run by Kamome Teishoku, which was offering its special Kesennuma Shio (Salt) Ramen. It might be weird to think that salt can be its own flavor, but it worked really well and somehow made the broth taste lighter instead of heavy and fatty, which is what I’m used to in ramen places in New York.

fun times at CostCo

After we finished eating and played some Animal Crossing to unwind, we hit up the Sanseido bookstore. I forgot what this magazine was called but I had to flip through it since it was entirely about how awesome CostCo is. The headliner was something like “Let’s enjoy the theme park-like CostCo!” Look at those women eyeing that pizza. You know they’re getting a good fuckin deal


Here is some random merch that caught my eye. Roy really wanted to get the Sayaka soul gem, but couldn’t justify the crazy price compared to the quality of the pendant. It’s too bad, because something like that would be a great subtle nerdy accessory. I would love a good quality soul gem or grief seed pendant for my bag!

Other stuff in the picture is a white cream soda I had and some Moomin cookie packaging I thought was cute (full of calcium, of course!). The soda was “yogurt style”, which sounds gross but was actually pretty good. It more or less tasted like fizzy Calpis/Calpico.

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Back to the fair! Here is a crazy booth set up with tsukemono, or pickled stuff that you have with rice and so on. Look at the mound of fish eggs! What!

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Mitsuwa’s meat department always seems to be neatly arranged. This is their kobe beef section with the little wine decoration on top (complete with fake meat for good measure!). I’m not exactly a meat lover, but I appreciated the thought and care that went into their packaging.

We ended the trip by taking advantage of the Kukuru takoyaki booth set up inside the store. Takoyaki is especially hard for us to come by, and this crew came straight from Doutonbori in Osaka. Their flagship store is right next to the famous Glico man. Here is a little video Roy took of the guys in action:

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We split a box and it was just as good as I remember in Osaka. The octopus was really tender and all the toppings were just amazing together. Here is a bonus video of the bonito flakes doing their little dance:

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That’s it for this adventure! Hope you enjoyed my little recap of our trip to Mitsuwa. It’s not as great as say, CostCo, but I’ll take it ヾ(ゝω・`)



No changing of place at a hundred miles an hour will make us one whit stronger, or happier, or wiser. There was always more in the world than man could see, walked they ever so slowly; they will see it no better for going fast. The really precious things are thought and sight, not pace. It does a bullet no good to go fast; and a man, if he be truly a man, no harm to go slow; for his glory is not at all in going, but in being.


We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.


We should be having these types of outings because they are meant to give us the fun. I always like to make trips out when I really want to get relief from the mental stress.


Mitsuwa Marketplace place is big and had such a variety of high quality products. Ate ramen and it was delicious. Bought snacks, meat and fish are great. There is a Royce's chocolate boutique w yummy soft chocolate. Pretty clean for so much traffic.


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