Tara Kamiya


As the weather gets cooler, I begin my hunt for cold weather staples. Here are some links to 5 breakfast cereals that you can order online with a shipping cost of about ¥406.

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You can purchase Cheerios or Honey Nut Cheerios here. Kids love them and they make good snacks for on the go. On a lazy Saturday morning, there is nothing like shaking a few of these in the bowl with some nice milk of choice.


Some people know this as Cream of Wheat. Even if you have a brand that you love from home, this is excellent. The quality of Bob’s Red Mill does not disappoint. You can purchase Whole Wheat Farina here.

When you first arrive in Japan the last thing on your mind is, “Where can I get a good burger?” The food here is amazing and with so many fresh food options, who would be on the hunt for S.A.D.(Standard American Diet) of crap with a side of crap. Not me, or so I thought. After a few months for some, for me a few years you start to crave a taste of home. I also had no idea that it would be so tough to find out where to get Western Food in Japan.

Heart to Heart Cereal

Organic options are not a problem, I have found an amazing selection! These taste great! They are a little tougher than Cheerios so be sure to soak them a bit before giving them to toddlers or if you have delicate dental work. Purchase Heart to Heart Cereal here.


My favorite and yours! I had to offer a suggestion for oatmeal. Rolled oats are best for health, but through the link you can also search for instant and flavored options. Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats can be purchased here.

I use the term Western food very loosely, what I really mean is non-Japanese food. Even though the offerings here are spectacular, you were not raised on it. I grew up eating food from basic American culture as well as food from African-American culture. Being so far away from home there is nothing like mom’s chicken soup when you feel sick. Nothing like some hot biscuits and cider when it starts to get cool outside. We all have our thing.  I did not expect, nor do I wish to see wall to wall breakfast cereals here. Sometimes you just have a hankering for a taste of home. I have found a few resources, so I am sharing the links here.


This last suggestion is a cultural classic. I grew up eating these. My Russian and Italian friends know about these too. We won’t get into a debate over sugar, salt or cheese on these, but you can try them yourself at home. Excellent taste and quality. Purchase Polenta Corn Grits here.

Have a great fall season and be well!

Tara Kamiya

2 thoughts on “5 Breakfast Cereals for Expats

  1. I found your blog today; it is very nice. I didn’t realize New Yorkers like grits; although, they may be different than those sold in Louisiana. You have a lovely family. Yes, you are fortunate that your hubby’s family is opened minded as your family is.
    Continued good luck.

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