We once heard Mitsuwa Marketplace, located less than four miles from Schaumburg's IKEA, described as a Japanese Wal-Mart. If we're talking size, we agree but Mitsuwa is so much cooler. The marketplace is filled with aisle upon aisle of Japanese groceries, beauty products, cookware, and toys. If that isn't enough, there's also a bakery (Pastry House Hippo!) and a Nippon-focused food court.
Sanseido Bookstore, another feature of this great Japanese store, is where we spotted Elle Deco and other home-based magazines. Even though we don't have any grasp of Kanji, we were so tempted to pick up a copy of Best Flower Arrangement.