An Exploration of Japanese Snack Fare.
In the multicultural city of Vancouver, you will find Daruma, a unique purveyor of Japanese snack foods. Behind our brand is a group of young entrepreneurs who are passionate about Japanese cuisine and eager to offer ready-to-eat products and flavors at reasonable prices for local residents to enjoy.
Daruma’s story traces back several years to our founder, a famous food blogger named Yuki. For Yuki, sharing her passion for food from all corners of the world has always been a priority—and this of course includes the cuisine of Japan, long considered one of the world’s food capitals. During her time in Japan, Yuki fell in love with the Japanese culinary tradition, including its array of colorfully packaged and flavorfully rich snack foods. But once she returned to Vancouver, she discovered that it was difficult to access the full breadth of authentic Japanese snack foods at local retailers. Yuki resolved to change this, enlisting a group of like-minded friends to build relationships with suppliers in the Japanese snack industry. Together, they endeavored to fully understand the nature and preparation of each product, ensuring that it could be delivered to local consumers without compromising its taste and quality.
Our name comes from traditional red Japanese “Daruma dolls” modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism, which symbolize bravery and determination. We chose this name to reflect the drive and perseverance that we bring every day to deliver authentic and previously inaccessible Japanese snacks to the Vancouver market.
In our earliest days, Daruma faced many challenges, but we always firmly believed that as long as we maintain our commitment to world-class product quality and customer service, our customers will reward us with their business and loyalty. We have strived to communicate ceaselessly with our customers in order to better understand their tastes and preferences, and to iteratively improve and expand our product offerings.
Daruma’s hope is to convey the beauty and singularity of Japanese culture. In doing so, we provide not only a broad range of classic Japanese snacks, including cookies, candies, and more—we also work to emulate the spirit of Japanese convenience stores by offering long business hours for the convenience of our customers.
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