Yuko went out shopping today. Here are some of the things she bought:
Some of the items are familiar (spaghetti, Australian beef), some are recognisable (“Winny” cocktail sausages, udon noodles, tempura), and some are more mysterious (konnyaku).
As a newcomer to Japan, the challenge of grocery shopping is not just language. At the supermarket, you are confronted with shelves of items in unfamiliar packaging that, even if someone told you what they were called, you would have no idea what to do with them or how to use them in preparing a meal.
Note on the word of the day:
買う kau is a verb meaning to buy, and もの -mono is a suffix meaning “things”. Together they make the word 買いもの kaimono—shopping.