You must be frowning while reading the title. Of course, Singapore is Singapore, the only island-city-country in the world. However, it is getting easier to find Japanese food and retailers here. Some may even suggest that Singapore has the Japanese syndrome. Although Singapore is considered a 'tiny’ island, we can find a glimpse of other countries here. There's Chinatown and there's also Little India. Indeed, developed cities are likely to replicate ethnic enclaves.
However, Japan is probably an exception here in Singapore. It's easy to find Japanese restaurants here and there. In fact, should the rate of F&B operators opening Japanese dining clusters remains the same, there might just come a time when Singapore has more ramen bars than Tokyo!
Here are some examples of Japanese dining clusters: Emporium Shokuhin at Marina Square, Eat at Seven at Suntec City, Japan Food Town at Wisma Atria, Itadakimasu by Parco in Tanjong Pagar, and Kuriya Japanese Market Yokocho at Tampines 1. Not to mention the seemingly countless sushi joints, izakayas, and ramen bars. It's crystal clear that Singaporeans love Japanese foods. Obviously, there are a few reasons behind Singaporeans' affinity with Japanese food.
First of all, Japanese foods' flavours have distinct and attaractive attributes. Many of which, are unique to Japan such as the taste of terriyaki chicken or tempura don. The cuisines style are also familiar to Singaporeans who eat rice and noodles on a daily basis. Many Singaporeans have a strong interest for Japanese culture hence, enhances their love for Japanese food.
The 'obsession’ for Japan doesn't stop here. Singaporeans are also easily fascinated by new Japanese products/ events. For instance, there was more than a hundred people in the queue during the opening of the 24-hour Japanese discount store, Don Don Donki, at Orchard Central at the end of last year.
With the strong local support, it is not surprising that many Japanese brands are eager to open a branch here just like the Japanese multi-label store, Lumine. Lumine opened their first ever mall outside of Japan here in Clarke Quay Central, Singapore. They have around 20 Japanese fashion label for sales. Therefore, Singaporeans can keep up with the fashion trend in Japan.
With so much going on here, we can confidently say that Japan can be found almost everywhere here in Singapore. It's like a mini Japanese food and retailers town, don't you agree?
J Passport's Merchants under Japan Food Town: