The Biggest Dagashi Market in Japan

Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to introduce the biggest Dagashi market in Japan this time.

The Biggest Dagashi Market in Japan (Setouchi City, Okayama)

Dagashi (だがし or 駄菓子) is kids snacks like Umaibo which is sold for 10 yen for each piece. Kids used to buy those snacks at dagashi stores in the old days. However, time has changed and there are less and less of those stores and I see very few nowadays which makes this Dagashi market very special. Ichiba means market, by the way.

Let’s go investigate!

It’s about a 10-minute drive from the nearest station (JR Osafune Station). It looks like a warehouse though as you step through the entrance door, tons of snacks are piled up and waiting for you. Many products remind me of my childhood.

 

There also are regular snacks at low prices, so as you see many grownups in the store.

 

This section is sort of retro theme. Small snack stores that I mentioned would be like this. Perhaps this classy type would’ve been one or two decades before my generation though…feels very retro.

 

OK, we shall check out. Counting method is also nostalgic (counting all little snacks by hands!).

 

Catches of the day. You may recognize the candy on top (left) from Graveyard of the Fireflies by Ghibli.

 

Many product offer another one for free if I ‘win'(あたり). However, I hardly ever won a thing (はずれ). I did win once and kept it in my wallet for emergency. Heh heh. (I can’t recall if I had a chance to used it). I wouldn’t say Dagashi gives you any health benefits but this place is more like enjoying nostalgia for grownups. Though I am glad that kids seemed to have the same enthusiasm in here as well. It feels kinda like treasure hunt. It’d be always fun to think what to get within our budget for field trips (or after school).

 

OK, let’s call it a day.

 

Information

Name Dagashi Ichiba (日本一のだがし売り場)
Access 1373-5 Osafunechō Higashisue, Setouchi-shi, Okayama
Business Hours Monday to Saturday: 10:00 – 17:00
Sunday: 9:00 – 17:00
Closed: December 30 – January 3
Contact 0869-26-6580
Website www.ohmachi-site.co.jp

 

Lastly

How do you find it? This place would be nice for getting souvenirs especially for foreign friends, don’t you think? Please take a visit while in Okayama (Setouchi City) and share your thoughts.

See you around!

Chopstick Etiquette You Must Know in Japan

Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to introduce chopstick etiquette you must know in Japan. Just like every country has manners/etiquette, Japan does have one called Kirai-bashi (嫌い箸). To avoid unnecessary trouble you may want to check this out during your stay in Japan.

Chopstick Etiquette You Must Know in Japan [Extreme Caution]

Hashi-watashi (箸渡し) / Futari-bashi (二人箸)

Passing food chopsticks to chopsticks involves a Japanese culture where people pick up and pass bones by long chopsticks after burning bodies at funeral.

 

Tatebashi (たて箸)

Sticking chopsticks onto rice is supposedly for dead people. I remember I saw it my childhood-favorite movie Gyounshi! Well, yeah, they are dead, so it makes sense.

 

Sashi-bashi (指し箸)

Pointing something/someone out by chopsticks is considered rude. (the same reading as 刺し箸)

 

Sora-bashi (そら箸)

Picking and returning food would not comfort people (wouldn’t it?), so you should be aware of that.

 

Neburi-bashi (ねぶり箸)

Licking your chopsticks would not look good anyway.

 

Chopstick Etiquette You Must Know in Japan [Minor Caution]

Nigiri-bashi (にぎり箸)

You should hold chopsticks properly. Some people grab like this (though I used to…).

 

Kaki-bashi (かき箸)

It means scratching your body with chopsticks (if you dare).

 

Sashi-bashi (刺し箸)

We tend to be lazy and stick though food but it isn’t supposed to be a good manner.

 

Kakikomi-bashi (かきこみ箸)

Gather food in a bowl and transfer it to your mouth directly (by chopsticks) wouldn’t look so beautiful. To tell the truth, you may see this in daily life.

 

Kami-bashi (かみ箸)

Biting a tip of chopsticks looks rather childish.

 

Saguri-bashi (探り箸)

Dig and look for your favorite food. You may look like you are playing with food. Anyway that’s gross for others.

 

Yose-bashi (寄せ箸)

Pulling plates closer by chopsticks.

 

Namida-bashi (なみだ箸)

Don’t let sauce/soup drip from your chopsticks.

 

Kasane-bashi (重ね箸)

Continue picking the same dish. If a dish is to share, you shouldn’t do that.

 

Watasi-bashi (わたし箸)

Placing / leaving chopsticks on a plate/bowl means you are done. Not mean but you should place them onto a chopstick stand when you are still eating.

 

Chigai-bashi (違い箸)

Be aware that you are not using wrong (combination of) chopsticks.

 

Mayoi-bashi (迷い箸)

Hovering one’s chopsticks back and forth over dishes. You should move your chopsticks after making up your mind what to pick.

 

Utsuri-bashi (移り箸)

Stopping to pick a dish, and go for a different dish. Unlikely Sora-bashi you would not touch food but it still doesn’t look great for others.

 

Tataki-bashi (たたき箸)

Hitting rice bowls/plates by chopsticks by pirates would not be welcomed at many restaurants.

 

Lastly

How do you find it? Most of the time it shouldn’t matter because not that all Japanese know these and follow but some religious rules would be sensitive for some people. So just keep a few things in your mind while in Japan.

Hope it helps.

See you around!