Naturally, the store is very large, very clean, and somewhat expensive. But they do have everything, so its well worth the trip.
I'm a big fan of Japanese pickles, so I nabbed a bag each of eggplant and cucumber tsukemono. Both were very vividly colored, the cuke being a bright green and the eggplant a shocking purple. I'd had the cucumber often before (it tastes like a salty pickle, wonderful), but I'd only ever had the eggplant in a bento.
The eggplant wasn't much to look at besides the color. very dark on one side, purple on the other. Kind of wrinkly. Smelled faintly alcoholic, but not unpleasant, so I took a bite.
The flavor was exactly what it was expected to be: briny, vinegary eggplant, very nice. However the texture was kind of awful, and the skin squeaked against my teeth with every bite. I dislike sharp, screechy noises, so the sound was more horrible than the mouthfeel.
Latter, I had some more chopped up over steamed rice. No squeak, much better.