A leisurely morning errand walk to the supermarket in Japan consisted of walking over a bridge with clean water, past bicyclists, past walking tourists, past shopkeepers sweeping around their entrances, past some city workers, and past some office workers. Although it felt peaceful like a Disney movie, I kept thinking "Why aren't all cities like this?" You forget that you are in a foreign city and just realize that you're in a Great city. Japan and many other countries have that realization affect on many people!
The supermarkets in Asia are a great morning experience. They are pretty empty when they first open. You see a few elderly women and Millennial tourists here and there. It all depends on the location. The veggies and fruits are all fresh and wrapped up in plastic. It's interesting to note the veggies that are on display. It's not overwhelming. It's just a display of "Hey eat this for health" type of display. You don't have to look for signs that say organic. Even if they were there, I didn't notice because I'm not fluent in Japanese. You can't help but want to pick up the carrots that are all wrapped up for some Vit A and/or some oranges (very fresh organic taste), etc.
Although you may run into a little language barrier as you seek out some Grapeseed Oil, the store assistants come together to help you out. Holding up a packet of fresh grapes with the olive oil helped a bit. lol Who knew they would have a large Costco Kirkland product in the supermarket in Japan? The three of us had a little giggle over me going for that one over the small one. I'mma be here for awhile. lol
In Korea it's quite normal to see large items like fruits, etc in bulk. I feel it's due to the family oriented society and/or households. Japan is more single or couple friendly in their packaging. It's good for the daily shopper or the shopper who shops every 4 days. Carts and shopping baskets are small for that reason...unless a Japanese family lives in the burbs and shops at the Costcos in Japan.
Checkout is also very simple as they slide everything down for you to take along in your reusable shopping bag (recommend for every country). Koreans have boxes that you can tape up for your bulk purchases. It can be more of a self bag and/or self checkout situation vs. convenience stores. That's another difference that you'll notice between the two shopping experiences (supermarket vs convenience store). It's all good though.
You can head to the drugstore that's often next door or close by to get all your errands covered in a short amount of time. Now that's where you may feel overwhelmed...sooo many beauty products. lol I just stocked up on more "The Collagen" drinks to finish out the month's experiment by Halloween.