japanese grocery stores
Are there any Japanese grocery stores in the Boston area besides Porter Square's Kotobukiyo, Union Square's Korean/Japanese Reliable, the one in central square (forgot the name), and Narutomi on Newbury St. (found it on the net, is it still there)?
If you're in the western suburbs, China International Merchandise on Cambridge Street in Burlington is an easy-to-park outpost of those crowded Chinatown grocery stores that serve 15 nationalities. You'll find chappati flour, chili-fried seitan, turmeric roots - the works. The bananas are cheap, they stock the sprinkle-on chocolate for your morning toast (for the Dutch Indonesian folks, of course), and they take credit cards.
It's not easy to spot- it's in a strip mall about half a mile before you hit Building 19 - but it's worth it.
Super 88. It's a pan-Asian supermarket, with plenty of Japanese products. There's one on the edges of Chinatown (Trement St., I think, just before (or after, depends which way you're driving) it passes over the Mass Pike. There's also a much larger branch in the South Bay Shopping Center off of 93 on the Dorchester/Roxbury/South End border.