Three cups of rice beautifully packaged. (Photo: Sherilyn Siy)

Akomeya at Tokyu Plaza Shibuya

Happiness in a bowl of freshly cooked rice

Three cups of rice beautifully packaged. (Photo: Sherilyn Siy)
Sherilyn Siy   - 2 min read

Happiness can take many forms. For Mma Ramotswe, detective of the well-known No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (by Alexander McCall Smith), happiness is looking up at Botswana's blue skies, so wide and endless. Contemplating Botswana's skies never fails to humble her and put things in perspective.

For those in Japan, happiness could very well be that moment you open up the lid of a rice cooker. You are greeted by a steam that carries a faintly sweet comforting scent, a scent Japanese undoubtedly associate with home. As the steam clears, you see shiny white beads of sticky fluffy rice, rice that is the faithful background of meals and time of harmony together with loved ones around the table.

Akomeya is a lifestyle store all about the happiness found in a bowl of freshly cooked rice. At its heart is the word "kome" for rice. Here you will find gorgeous block shaped, vacuumed sealed packages of rice (3 cups) grown and harvested from various locations in Japan. The varieties differ in stickiness, tancity, fragrance, chewiness, elasticity and sweetness -- qualities that can suit a variety of purposes. For instance, stickier varieties are best for making bento rice balls.

Going beyond rice as we know it, the shop carries other food products for cooking dishes to accompany rice. Akomeya is particularly proud of their dashi and seasonings, made with the highest quality ingredients. And then there's the cookware -- tools and instruments that are convenient and sophisticated make it easier to prepare home-cooked meals. Carefully prepared food deserves to be served in dinnerware that's charming and graceful.

Akomeya also carries beauty products containing rice components.

If you cannot wait to go home to try Akomeya's offerings, the in-store restaurant serves freshly cooked rice and features menus that use seasonal ingredients and flavors.

Getting there

Akomeya is located on the second floor of the Tokyu Plaza Shibuya. It is a two minute walk from the West Exit of the JR Shibuya Station.

Sherilyn Siy

Sherilyn Siy @sherilyn.siy

For Sherilyn Siy, Asia is home. Born in Hong Kong, Sherilyn spent time in the Philippines, China, and now lives in Japan. She speaks English, Filipino, Chinese (or putonghua), and Hokkien, her family's local dialect. Running is one of her favorite ways to explore Japan. She proudly finished the 2...