Offering Up Japan’s Best

A La Carte Columns

July 16, 2017

Story By: Yu Shing Ting | Photos by: Yu Shing Ting

Aji and Saba bento ($8.50)

Step into J-Shop and it’s like you’ve landed in Japan and walked into a mini-mart stocked with Japanese stationary, magazines, gift items, beauty products and groceries — including snacks, fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and even a fish market.

The store specializes in importing Japanese products and receives shipments flown in fresh multiple times a week. There also is a kitchen and small dining area tucked away to the right of the store featuring assorted bentos, fresh sashimi, high-quality wagyu yakiniku, donburi (oyako, pork katsu, chicken katsu or natto) and more.

Pork Katsu bento ($8.50)

Get a taste of Japan at J-Shop’s eatery located inside the store. Select a pre-set bento that has been conveniently prepared for you to pickup-and-go, or custom-order your meal with your favorite Japanese foods.

And just like the many authentic Japanese products you’ll find in its neighboring market, bentos from the kitchen are prepared using 95 percent of Japan products — including the gobo (burdock root), yellow takuan, bamboo shoot, lotus root and more.


Among the popular bento choices at J-Shop are Pork Katsu ($8.50) and Aji and Saba ($8.50). Both are served with rice and ume, and two choices of vegetables/side dishes — such as nishime (boiled seasoned vegetables), kinpira (seasoned burdock root and carrot) and kiriboshi (seasoned, dried Japanese radish).


1513 Young St., Honolulu
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; closed Sunday
*Note: Restaurant will close at 3 p.m. through July 23.

Honolulu, HI 96826

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