After my family trip to the Hudson River Valley, we stopped at the Japanese Mall in Edgewater, NJ on the way home. We used to go to the Japanese Mall a lot when I was younger and would always have dinner at the beautiful Japanese steakhouse overlooking the Hudson. Unfortunately, the steakhouse is out of business, but the mall is still worth a visit.
When we arrived at the mall, our first stop was the supermarket, where we were overwhelmed by the large variety of Japanese products.
There were also some products with funny packaging and terms that didn’t translate so well.
We bought some sashimi to have for dinner later and then visited the food court for a snack. There were lots of Japanese restaurants and one misplaced Italian restaurant. I was excited to see that the Japanese restaurants had plastic food displays, which I first learned is popular in Japan from the Sesame Street special, “Big Bird Goes to Japan” (now, THAT was quality children’s programming!).
I bought an iced green tea latte, which I had never had before. I wouldn’t get it again, but it was interesting to try.
Before leaving we stopped to admire the beautifully packaged jellied treats at the bakery. Some of the packaging was more appealing than the pastries, but I would be curious to try one on our next trip.
I had a really fun time at the Japanese mall and I would love to go back to the food court for a meal. It looked like a few of the store fronts were empty, but I did see a Shiseido make up store and a bookstore. There was also a sign for a free shuttle from NYC, although it says on the website that the shuttle is $3 dollars. Either way, it’s a good deal and a great mini-trip from NYC for Japanese culture immersion.