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The 50 Things You Must Do in Asia

By Hanya Yanagihara - 2013-07-23T16:27:10Z

Photograph by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Alamy

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Dine in a Department Store Basement: Japan

Every department store in Japan—and there are many—dedicates its basement floor to a vast food hall. The Tokyu Department Store may not be as refined as, say, Mitsukoushi's, but God, it's fun: row after row of fresh fish (some of which was probably bought at Tsukiji that morning), vegetables and fruits in foam snugglies, and every manner of prepared food you can imagine (bentos, gyoza, sushi, rice balls, tempura). And that's just the Japanese side: Make sure you check out the bread and pastry section—just follow the smell of butter. Buy some snacks for later; Japanese do not walk and eat (2-24-1 Shibuya, beneath Shibuya Station).

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