American Drug Store in Yudanaka
Why “American”? I don’t know, don’t ask me…
But one thing in Japan is for sure in Japan.
That is: “American” influence has been huge since the end of WW2
American Drug Wa Doko Desuka? アメリカン ドラッグ は どこですか？ = Where is the American Drug?
It’s just a matter of replacing “American Drug” with wherever you want to go to when you want to ask the direction.
Where that is
Here we go. Here’s the google map for you.
Why “Drug Store”?
I can’t really tell you exactly why, but in Japan, drug stores (or pharmacies in Down Under sense) sell not only drugs but also groceries.
But in this case, groceries as a sort of all the packaged stuff like snacks, instant noodles and even alcohol! If you are lucky, you may even find stuff like eggs, milk or cheese on the shelves.
On the other hand I hardly see fresh stuff like vegetables in those places.
I believe it’s to do with the licensing of this type of business in Japan, but I’m not 100% familiar with that side of Japan to be honest, although I grew up here…
All I can say is “This is the way it is in Japan”. And It’s widely known here these places are cheaper than those “convenience stores” such as “Seven Eleven” or “Lawson” commonly found throughout this country.
So in this “American Drug” store in Yudanaka
You’ll find stuff like:
- Grooming items such as tooth paste, brush, razors and so on
- Instant noodles
- Coffe and Tea
- Alcohol such as Beer, Whisky, Sake, Shouchu and Wine
So, you know where to go to if you are staying in Yudanaka for a few days and you have some needs.
Make sure to be nice to the shop staff there!
See you next time!