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Every time I travel to Seattle, I stop at this great store. I love the atmosphere as well as the products!!!

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Wonderful Store 7/26/2009

Every time I travel to Seattle, I stop at this great store. I love the atmosphere as well as the products!!! more

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The cleanest, most efficient Asian supermarket in town 11/3/2007

I hate to be a voice of dissent, but let me say it anyway: Uwajimaya is certainly not bad, and it's really a mainstay for many people, Asians, Asian-Americans, Caucasians, etc., and a big part of the International District, with its modern, pan-Asian flavor. And the fish market is excellent, probably the best in the city. The vegetable and fruit section is very good, as well, with far more variety than almost anywhere and the quality usually at least better-than-average. The food court, I guess, brings a lot of tourists as well as regulars, not much different from Westlake Mall (maybe a little more authentic). But from the beginning, I felt it was pushing out the smaller Asian groceries (at least at this end of the ID) and providing a QFC kind of experience to Asian grocery shopping. And the prices were, considering the volume of business, not inexpensive compared to the Chinese and Vietnamese groceries. a 15 cent reduction in price on something $2-$4 is peanuts. I bought a top-notchy Japanese Tiger brand electric rice cooker (which, along with Zojurushi, are far superior to the Chinese or Taiwanese brands, which don't do brown rice) for $170 on sale--which was still more expensive than what you pay online (including S+H). And the return policy on such things was essentially "once you've used it, you can't return it." I also purchase my Japanese rubber acupressure sandals, which I wouldn't have been able to find elsewhere, here. For a real Japanese culinary or grocery experience, I am afraid this is still not that close (I've been to Tokyo). Efficient, clean (especially as compared to most Asian groceries)...and very crowded, which is another reason I find it not the most relaxed grocery shopping experience. On the other hand, I'll have to admit that the Chinese/Vietnamese markets up on 12th & Jackson (Viet-Wah, etc.) are REALLY chaotic by comparison. But generally the staff, especially the cashiers, are pretty polite, which is more of an ingrained Japanese cultural/societal thing (the Chinese, by contrast, are "nice" to those they are connected to in some way--"guanxi"). And I don't really need a whole (long) aisle full of various kinds of hot chili sauce and soy sauce. Sometimes less is more. (Trader Joe's provides an example of where pre-selection and scaled down selection is actually a good thing). Living in Asia years ago, I actually enjoyed going to smaller specialty stores rather than the gigantic Western-style supermarkets which were becoming the rage (and indeed still are and have become the norm, even in China today). There is a certain charmless, sterile impersonal quality to these supermarkets (think especially of Fred Meyer). Thought the era of the shopping mall was over. For such a gigantic grocery enterprise, one would think they would have planned better restrooms, too. Some of the Western groceries--seemingly randomly selected--are second-rate, things that I would never buy at a QFC, etc. Don't know why their buyers do such a poor job there. Quality, not quantity, please... more

"Village" is right! 9/20/2006

If you lived in one of the apartments above Uwajimaya Village Seattle, you would never need to venture away from home again! The large flagship market boasts a WaMu branch, a nice Shiseido shop (for the unfamiliar, Shiseido is a brand of upscale cosmetics geared towards the Oriental complexion), a beauty salon, an optician, a Kinokuniya bookstore (largely Japanese, but a good selection of books in English, too), a gift and housewares shop (everything from cards to rice cookers to fine artisan pottery), and a food court with a good selection of cuisines, in addition to their own deli. The grocery itself is primarily Japanese and was founded back in 1928 by Fujimatsu Moriguchi, who named his Tacoma-based enterprise "Uwajima-ya" (Uwajima store) after his hometown. He and his family were interred during WWII, but afterwards relocated to Seattle, where they proceeded to open a retail store. Uwajimaya has been there ever since. Uwajimaya offers Japanese and other Asian staples and delicacies, extremely fresh (read: sashimi-quality) fish, a wonderful selection of produce, cuts of meat popular in Oriental cuisine (including sukiyaki beef and pork), a good selection of Asian (again, primarily but not exclusively Japanese) wines and beers, a large selection of frozen foods, teas, snacks, noodles...basically everything one needs to cook nearly any Oriental cuisine at home. There's even a small selection of Western-style foods. The gift and housewares section is separate from the grocery, and is a wonderful place to find gifts for a loved one, yourself, or your home (when was the last time you bought your house a present? ;-) ). There are Japanese knives, woks, bamboo steamers, rice cookers, dishes ranging from teeny condiment bowls to huge platters, cards with lovely calligraphed kanjis, Sanrio for the little ones...I think they even have fabric and patterns there (they used to, at any rate). Kinokuniya is a wonderful place to browse for cookbooks, manga, and books about Oriental history, lifestyle, culture, and architecture--even if you don't speak the language, there is a large selection of books in English. I don't know offhand if there are books in languages other than Japanese and English, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if they did. We love to shop here, even though it's a long drive for us. We look at all the pretties, plan wonderful Asian meals and shop for them, browse the books, and then get lunch at one of the many stalls in the food court. Food Court offerings include: Aloha Plates (Hawaiian BBQ), Noodle Zen, Saigon Bistro, Shilla Korean BBQ, Thai Place, Yummy House Bakery (and oh, it is!)--even a Herfy's for the thoroughly unexperimental! more

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I love the Waj! 5/14/2006

So, so fun. Where else can you stick your hand in a tank and squeeze a geoduck? So what if your hand stinks afterwards? And also this is a great place to find weird gifts. You can find a present for anyone....provided they're a little quirky. more

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Uwajimaya 5/7/2006

I love to shop here - they have such a fun variety of interesting Asian "stuff" here, a lot of which I have no clue what it is! (But that's ok!) I like to check out the fish tanks and wander through the produce section and of course - the tea selelction is quite extensive. The prices are very low and the quality is high - a win for everyone! more

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Uwajimaya is an Asian "QFC", only better. 5/7/2006

There is a huge assortment of interesting Asian junk foods, many of them either starchy and gooey or ludicrously sweetened and flavored. At the risk of sounding prejudiced, I will say that one feature that impresses is the fact that so many Asians shop here, because I assume that they know what a store like this should have. But as a vegetarian I do not like to see the live sea creatures awaiting execution in their fish-Auschwitz (gives me the creeps!) seafood section! Some of the smaller stores in the International District have some items for a little less money, but nobody in the area bets their selection. more

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Uwajimaya 5/6/2006

I love this place! Located in the International District of Seattle - Time slips by when I'm in here. Whenever I am in need of Asian cuisine, this is where I go. The produce section is phenomenal, offering a variety of both 'traditional' and 'novel' items. Everything looks so fresh and is pleasantly displayed. The meat department has an interesting assortment of prepackaged various animal parts (feet, tripe, ears, etc). This, plus the standard cuts. They all look fresh. The variety of green tea available in the grocery section is mind boggling. Plus, the associates are knowledgeable about what is recommended, how they differ, and why one is better than the next. In addition to the grocery store, there is a gift store, a food court, deli, and a baked good section. The variety is simply fantastic and a must see experience. The fish tanks in the seafood section are fun to see. Live tilapia, geoducks, etc. Not too often one sees that stuff happening. Plus, the pricing is reasonable. I have found the service very competent, friendly, and knowledgeable." more

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Uwajimaya 4/22/2006

I love going to this place! It's very addicting! It has the best variety of unique fresh produce I've seen. Plus, it's the best selection of green teas around. The grocery section is great, and keep me away from the bakery section. Too good. :) The fish tanks in the seafood department are just too cool to check out. Prices are good. Atmosphere is inspiring. more

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Uwajimaya is your stop Asian shop 4/11/2006

Uwajimaya is located in Chinatown you cant miss it, its located across from Vulcan ventures and near the Immigration building. Although the Uwajimaya in Seattle is the flagship store, they also have one located in Bellevue WA and Beaverton OR. Uwajimaya is a nice place to shop with great ambience to set the mood. Their product selection is pretty diverse from Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, American etc. On the price side, they are fairly above average but in some aspects you are paying for quality and not overdated/expired products like the rest of the local chinatown stores. There customer service can be a bit better but at least the speak english. As far as location its quite nice you can walk around to the Uwajimaya Village and eat at different ethnic cuisines and theres a japanese bookstore. Uwajimaya offers 2 hour free parking with validation and they sometimes hold some pretty cool events.... check here http://www.uwajimaya.com more

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A good place to go Grocery shooping --- Asian food 4/8/2006

Uwajimaya, as far as I know, is a Japanese grocery store. Located in the international district, it has its own big parking lot. You need to spend certian money in the store to validate for free parking. The store is well organized and fruits and vegetables are fresh. Besides grocery, they also have a bookstore that carries Japanese comic books. more

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Uwajimaya 3/31/2006

Go to uajimaya. There is simply no better place to eat high quality, inexpensive food. It doesn't quite provide the restaurant experience, but the food is awesome and you can of course hit the market if needed. more

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Great Product Department 3/30/2006

Uwajimaya's produce department is first class, they consistently have some of the lowest prices for fruit and vegetables! more

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uwajimaya rocks 3/18/2006

uwajimaya is the place to go for all things asian -- and especially green teas. more

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Uwajimaya 3/18/2006

Located in the International District of Seattle - Time slips by when I'm in here. Whenever I'm in need of Asian cuisine, this is where I go. The produce section is phenomenal, offering a variety of both 'traditional' and 'novel' items. Everything looks so fresh and is pleasantly displayed. The meat department has an interesting assortment of prepackaged various animal parts (feet, tripe, ears, etc). This, plus the standard cuts. They all look fresh. The variety of green tea available in the grocery section is mind boggling. Plus, the associates are knowledgeable about what's recommended and why. In addition to the grocery store, there is a gift store, a food court, deli, and a baked good section. The variety is fantastic. Plus, the pricing is reasonable. I have found the service very competent, friendly, and knowledgeable. The atmosphere is very clean, well maintained, easy to maneuver in. There is usually paid parking, from what I saw. It's also walking distance from the Coleman Ferry Dock. :) I love this place! more

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Uwajimaya is Amazing 3/18/2006

Don't know how else to put it. If you enjoy preparing and eating Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian, or other Asian cuisine then there is no better place to shop (anywhere on the West Coast arguably) than Uwajimaya in Seattle's International District. My bet is that they'll have the green tea you're looking for there. Good luck! more

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An experience to remember. 3/10/2006

You haven't explored Seattle until you have entered this store. ITS AMAZING!!!! I actually went here for a field trip in one of my science classes during college. IT is filled with a ton of interesting items from Asian countries. My personal favorite are the dried fish that you can eat like chips. If you simply walk around this store you will find the most interesting food items. Its also a great place to find fresh sea food and Asian cookware. more

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Lunch and Grocery at Uwajimaya 3/9/2006

Working at the south end of downtown has it's advantages. One is Uwajimaya. They have a great price on ginger, a staple in my house. They aren't always the cheapest price on Vietnamese/Chinese/Thai sauces and the like, but I can always find what I'm looking for. Their fish mongers are extremely friendly, and the fish is always fresh. Alas, they do sell Chilean Sea Bass (that endangered, delectable white buttery fish), but at around $12/pound, I'm not tempted. Then, there is the food court with choices of Uwas' own caffeteria line, and mini restaurants -- Hawaiian, Korean, Japanese, Thai (my fav). more

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Little bit of pricey, but clean, friendly and has lots of goodies 12/25/2005

I love shopping in Uwajimaya. Like I mentioned above, it might be a little bit pricey compared to other supermarkets, but it has bigger selections of hard-to-find goodies and asian food. You can buy fresh bakery, sushi, rolls, korean dishes, bubble tea and more in the food court. In winter, don't miss fresh roasted chestnuts in the front door. You will get one hour free parking for spending $5 in the store and two hours for $10. more

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Broad range of Asian groceries 12/21/2005

The Uwajimaya in the International District is amazing. They have an excellent produce section and countless aisles of packaged foods from a huge range of Asian countries. Their focus is on Japanese foods, but their products cover so many other regions that they are a great one-stop shop. If you have time, walking around and stopping in at the many small groceries in the I-D will also yield a bounty and give you an even broader selection of Asian groceries. Whenever I cook Thai food, which is more often than I cook most other types of cuisine, I, without fail, go to Uwajimaya and stock up. It's easy because they pretty much carry everything I need. Usually, it's to refresh my supply of kaffir lime leaves and galangal. If they are ever out of stuff, it's because they are always insanely busy and items sell out quickly over the weekend. I would suggest calling and finding out about shipment dates if you have something specific you want. I could spend hours at Uwajimaya, smelling produce, poring over the fresh seafood (making your own sushi is SOOO much cheaper than going out for it), and examining the interesting breads/pastries, desserts, and drinks. When I am really hungry, I go to the food court, which also demonstrates a nice variety of Asian cuisines. If I'm not in a hurry, I stop to look at ceramics and appliances, and then I go to the adjoining Kinokuniya and look at books, stationery, and t-shirts. more

Great! Great! Great! 12/17/2005

I love Uwajimaya. It is THE best Asian-themed grocery/gift/restaurant emporium in the world. Honestly. Skip the Great Wall Mall in Renton and go to the International District and LIVE the Uwajimaya experience. Huge grocery store with veggie, fruit, meat, seafood, and dried-goods section. GREAT selection of neat-o Asian drinks (leechee juice? Basil-seed juice?). This just has to be seen to understood. Great place to take visitors. So many neat foods here. The fun lies in buying something that you’re completely unfamiliar with and taking it home and beings surprised at how good it is, or how absolutely… different it is. Many things are not represented properly on the front of the container. Expect shrimp and fish flavouring in places you least expect it. Many things that claim to have cheese in them have no cheese I’m familiar with. Very great. Very highly recommended. Get free parking with $5 purchase. more
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