In the larger Department Stores the basements are filled with vendors selling all sorts of food. It just goes on and on and on. There aren't places to sit, it's just a take-out sort of thing. It's amazing. I don't know how the Japanese stay so tiny when they have display cases filled with these desserts! And then there is the wrapping of the goods you purchase. That in and of itself is often special. But look at these desserts! These cases are everywhere. There are a lot of Japanese vendors, but you will also find a great deal of international foods. Some of them offer samples - my Dad was all over that, no matter what it looked like. My mom and I wondered if it might be a faux pas to eat and walk with our gelato in hand. If it was and people were talking about us, we would never know anyway. Those Americans! You never see anyone walking and eating - anywhere. These places are a sight to see and salivate over. Yum.