Every department store in Japan has a grocery store in the basement. Today I visited Isetan, a very upscale department store in Tachikawa. The grocery area reminded me of Harrod’s in London, very upscale and fancy. The fruits were packaged fit for royalty, as were the prices! This pack of three apples was the equivalent of $8.
The grapes were enormous and perfect ($6 for 1 bunch)!
You select the items you want with the tongs in this bin, then you lay them on the bare tray. This is customary everywhere in Tokyo, and took some getting used to. The cashier then transfers your items to a plate or sack. The baked goods are always just out in the open, not behind glass.
I don’t think I will be shopping here for staples anytime soon, but it is very fun to look!