There ARE Japanese markets smack INSIDE Washington, DC. Just Google "Japanese Market" and you will see them. For one, there's Hana market at the corner of U Street and 17th street, NW; about one long block from 18th & Florida Streets, NW (Adams Morgan). It's called Hana. I just called them minutes ago, today October 19, 2011 at 10:03 a.m., and they are open and still operating after years and years at that location. I am about to go buy some Wasabi.
Hana Japanese Market
4.5 star rating
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Categories: Grocery, Japanese
2004 17th St NW
(@ corner of 17th & U Street, NW)
Washington, DC 20009
Neighborhood: U Street Corridor (Catty corner from the 3rd District Police Station)
Hours: M - Sat 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
U Street Cafe
1301 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009