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Dec 3, 2008 09:50 AM

DC/MD/VA Source for Japanese New Year foods (Osechi)?

Does anyone know where I can find this stuff locally? Preserved treats, cakes, sweets, packed in laquered boxes. I have a few boxes to spare, so I really just need the foodstuffs. I've called a few Asian markets (Chinese, Korean) but they don't carry it (it's pretty exclusive to Japan), and ordering it from overseas is pretty expensive.

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  1. Call Maruichi Grocery in Rockville and see if they have what you are looking for. That is where I buy all my Tonkatsu Sauce!

    1047 Rockville Pike
    Rockville, MD 20852
    (301) 545-0101

    1. You could perhaps try the Embassy and The Japanese Cultural Institute for advice.
      There is a very small Japanese store in the shopping center at Arlington Road and Bradley Blvd,CVS corner in the building to the rear.
      I have found all three to be a resource when I've needed help.

      1. Try Daruma in Bethesda.

        6931 Arlington Rd
        Bethesda, MD 20814
        (301) 654-8832

        6931 Arlington Rd E, Bethesda, MD

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        1. re: DCDeb

          I went to Daruma on the 31st and they still had a good selection--it was yummy!

          1. re: foodslut

            This is of course too late for 2009, but Naniwa in McLean may also carry osechi ryori.

            If you can't find what you want locally, the nearest large Japanese grocery store is in New Jersey - - I know many Japanese people who make a special trip from the DC area to there to buy things that can't be found here. From their Web site, it appears as if they do deliver.

        2. Freshworld has an aisle dedicated to Japanese snack food. They might be good to try out. I'll try to see if I see these there next time I go.

            1. re: monkeyrotica

              I have been fascinated by these for a while now - Has anyone tried them from Sushi Taro? I like the idea of snacking for several days on numerous delicacies but was hoping to find someone that has actually tried one!