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Buckwheat Flour (blé noir) outside of France?

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I'm not sure whether this is more appropriate for the France forum or the Japan one, so I'll post in both.

I am currently living in Japan with my boyfriend who previously lived in Nantes. I want to make him galettes for our anniversary, but I don't know where I can find French ingredients. I live a couple hours away from Tokyo so it would be fairly easy for me to go there to purchase it.

Does anyone know of any stores that might carry it? Or barring that, any websites that you can recommend that ship to Japan?

I would think that given how big soba (buckwheat noodles) in Japan are, that it wouldn't be too hard to find the flour, but so far, I've had no luck...

Thanks!

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  1. I know Tokyu Hands in the Kansai area carries buckwheat flour, so I'm sure the one in the Tokyo area does, as well.

    Also try baking stores, large grocery stores, and foreign food stores (Seijo Ishii definitely carries it).

    http://www.tomizawa.co.jp/ has both an online store and "real" stores around the Kanto area. You can do a search for their stores here http://www.tomizawa.co.jp/shopguide/ .

    1. Maybe ask at Carrefour?

      http://www.carrefour.co.jp/

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      1. re: Robb S

        Buckwheat flour is pretty common in Tokyo. Do you have a handmade soba shop near you? Ask the soba guy if he will sell you some. I did an article on soba crepes and my local soba guy gave me about 400gm for free. Tokyu Hands in Shibuya is a sure bet, but a couple of hours seems a long way to go. Finally if you can't find soba flour, why not make regular wheat flour crepes, they are not so different from gallettes de sarrasin anyway.

        1. re: steamer

          Everyone thanks for the suggestions! I'll definitely check out those shops and sites.

          Steamer: I do make regular crepes, but since my boyfriend lived in Nantes, galettes have a special place in his heart, and I wanted to make him some authentic ones.

          1. re: lapetitechou

            What a good girlfriend you are. :-)

            1. re: lapetitechou

              You can find it pretty much at any grocery store.
              or order online.
              http://www.sobako.co.jp/

              You can even order freshly-ground sobako from Shinshu--this mill offers 9 varieties.
              http://www.takayamaseihun.co.jp/home-...

              There are many more online stores that carry it.

        2. Odd, I was looking at this web page today...

          http://www.japanvisitor.com/index.php...