In terms of shopping for Japanese food, I actually landed in an area as close to "paradise" outside of Tokyo as one can get. It turns out that there are quite a few Asian markets within driving range of my current apartment and I can buy more things than I ever dreamed of. That is not to say that I can get anything I want or that I can score some of my favorites from Japan, but I can get far, far more than I anticipated.
That being said, the only type of bean cakes that I can get here are the sort which are the most shelf-stable. I can't get anything really fresh and many of the specialty items that I loved can't be had. I still miss those lovely, really fresh and delightful bean cakes.