If you were to ask me to list my top favourite things to do in Japan, wandering through a depachika would be near the top of the list. Every department store in Japan has a “depachika” – “depa” is short for department, “chika” means basement. The lower floor depachika is dedicated to all things food and you know when you enter it as you notice the increase in noise level and foot traffic. Japan is a country full of convenience and its food completely reflects this need for convenience. However, they are not willing to forego quality hence the popularity of ready-made foods where busy salarymen/women can pop into their depachika always located at major train stations and easily pick up lunch/dinner. I’ve spent a few days visiting depachikas and the photos here were taken at the depachika in Takashimaya located at JR Nagoya Station. I’m getting hungry!