My husband is traveling in Tokyo this week on business, and when he's there he always picks up some random grocery items. This time I want him to really stock up for us, because we both really enjoy eating Japanese cuisine (curries, ramens, robata, that sort of thing..oh and sushi too!) and I'd love to be able to recreate some things at home, or at least get some good Japanese pantry basics that would be much cheaper there than here (or maybe not, but it's fun to know you bought them in Japan, at least).
Things I was thinking of: green tea salt, good nori, tonkatsu sauce (recently discovered and LOVE IT), curry cubes, a variety of miso pastes, that sort of thing. I also read that there's other varieties of Japanese kit-kats (bitter almond! baked corn! SOY SAUCE!) and some oreo candy bar that's supposedly very good.
Would love to hear what people would include on a list of Japanese pantry basics, and also any amazing only-in-Japan products I should be sure to have him look for.
Thanks so much!