Our staff with helpful, friendly advice can help you make a simple Japanese dish or a full course meal.
Please feel free to shop or simply browse through our store to experience a little part of Japan right here in Lethbridge.
We carry a wide array of ceramic dishware, tea sets, sake sets as well as fans, dolls and chopstick sets.
We also have many novelty items like key chains, cell phone charms, and origami paper. Come in and browse our extensive line of Japanese themed giftware.
The NutriMill Family of grain mills offers everyone a fast easy and affordable way to mill your own grain and legumes into fresh nutritious flour. Pre-ground flour often pales in nutrition with essential oils removed to protect from rancidity and then often has artificial additives and preservatives inserted to imitate desired manufacturers characteristics.
Nakagama Bosch Kitchen Center
The Bosch kitchen machine can replace many of the appliances in your kitchen. The available added attachments can make it your mixer, blender, food processor, meat grinder and much more.
View more at Nakagama’s Bosch Online Store
Shopping from Calgary?
Nakagamas offers, by pre-order, our complete line of products with drop-off delivery to the Calgary Nikkei Centre!
Drop Off Dates
With the kind permission of the CJCA (Calgary Japanese Community Association), Nakagams has been bringing up a selection of products to the CJCA center on the last Wednesday of certain months from 11am to 3pm. All friends and customers are welcome to drop by.
December 4, 2019
April 2020 (Sakura Tea)
July 4,2020 (Stampede Breakfast)
August 2020 (Omatsuri Festival)
December 2, 2020
Membership is free and we start every new account with a signing bonus of 2500 points. Points earned are kept in the account forever unless there is no activity in the account for one year; then the account reverts to zero.
We will absolutely not call you or give this information to any other party for any reason whatsoever. (In the event, you do not wish us to use your phone number, the assigned 10 digit number is used but you will then need to have the card so it can be scanned to award points.) Effective Dec. 1, 2015, with each regular grocery purchase, the clerk will scan your membership card and points will be added to your account. You will earn 750 points for every $10 purchase or portion thereof.
As points accumulate, you earn higher levels of rank as designated by the color of belt on your card. Everyone starts with a white belt and can move up in rank to eventually be at the highest rank of black belt where the reward is greatest.
At each level, gift certificates are awarded to use as cash dollars for future purchases. Phone numbers are used only for the purpose of awarding points to your account.
- White belt upon sign-up starting with a 2500 point starting bonus.
- 25000 points earns a $5.00 certificate and a yellow belt.
- 50000 points earns a $5.00 certificate and an orange belt.
- 75000 points earns a $10.00 certificate and a green belt.
- 100,000 points earns a $10.00 certificate and a blue belt.
- 125,000 points earns a $10.00 certificate and a brown belt.
- 150,000 points earns a $10.00 certificate and a black belt.
Every 25,000 points earned from this point on receives a $10.00 certificate.
The crane is a symbol of longevity and fidelity to the Japanese people. The bird lives for many years and Japanese legend says it can live for 1000 years. The crane also only has one mate during its’ lifetime.
Giving birthday, wedding and anniversay gifts with the symbol of the crane on them is particularly appropriate to the Japanese.
This robust character is a symbol of good luck, good fortune, and strength. The Daruma’s physical presence is strong, and in most cases, the doll is difficult to knock over due to it’s rotund figure. As a result, it is said that the Daruma will never fall to defeat or failure and will always bounce back to stand upright again.
Merchants and shopkeepers will often paint one eye of the Daruma with hope for a prosperous business. When success does come their way, they will paint in the second eye.
People starting a new project, a new career, or new lifestyle, will also follow this practice with hopes for success in their venture.
The Kokeshi Ningyo dolls are the most popular of all Japanese folkcraft. They come in all sizes and shapes, and their specific forms, facial features and painted patterns identify the region where they are made. The art is passed from master to apprentice, and while the basic carving of their distinctive shapes is done by the apprentice, each is hand-painted by the master.
The origin of Kokeshi is thought by some scholars to invoke the protection of the gods. It is said that in very olden days during years of famine, girl children often had to be sold as indentured servants for the family’s survival. Girl children were not considered as important as boy children who had the responsibility of carrying on the family name and heritage, while girl children were inevitably “given away” in marriage. Thus the Kokeshi Ningyo is almost always a girl; a memorial to the child lost through hardship or perhaps even through marriage. Today they are considered collectors’ items.
History of Nakagama’s
Ryutaro Nakagama started the business on 1st Avenue in 1947 serving mostly Japanese-Canadian citizens living in the surrounding area. Over time however, we have been privileged to serve an ever growing customer base and now serve many customers from different ethnicities, backgrounds, tastes and lifestyles.
Come in to Nakagama’s and experience a little part of Japan right here in Lethbridge.Ken Nakagama
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- Monday: 9 AM - 5:30 PM
- Tuesday: 9 AM - 5:30 PM
- Wednesday: 9 AM - 5:30 PM
- Thursday: 9 AM - 5:30 PM
- Friday: 9 AM - 5:30 PM
- Saturday: 9 AM - 5:30 PM
- Sunday & Holidays: closed