Japanese grocery in NoVa?
Are there any?
I used to make regular pilgrimages to Daruma before it closed, and I know places like Hinata and Maruichi have taken its place, but was hoping to find something closer. There a lots of Asian groceries in my area (Falls Church), but the few that I've checked out seem a bit scattershot, in terms of Japanese food.
Also, can anyone recommend a replacement for "Hime" brand dashi-no-moto? It's the one that had real bonito flakes and kombu in what were essentially over-sized teabags. Much more flavorful than the hon-dashi "crystals" that seem to be available now.
There used to be a Japanese-only grocer in Mclean, but it closed. The closest thing to what you're looking for is Hana at 2004 17th St NW in DC.
Hana might be your best bet. their selection is tiny, but they keep japanese produce and maybe fresh specialty items. In the least, the really friendly and helpful woman who runs it can point you in the right direction.
here's a map of area asian markets, if you want to try hunting..