Places selling beautiful yukatas, kimonos and traditional wares
This might be one of my favorite things about Japanese malls. It's like you get a little culture and history lesson when you visit! This store had a range of gorgeous summery yukatas - there are other stores that sell kimonos and traditional wares. Another store at this mall sells nothing but Japanese grown green tea - so as you can see, you can use a Japanese mall as a great one stop shop for souvenirs if you have one close to where you're staying.
Bakeries with the cutest bread ever
Now, most countries are going to have a bakery of some description in their shopping malls - but I would venture to say that no mall would have breads as cute as Japanese malls do. My local mall makes these adorable panda breads filled with custard (so, so good!) and these turtle looking melon pan! You can't help but smile when you see them, if you ask me.
Vending Machines that sell more than just drinks
Japan is known for its amazing array of vending machines - selling all manner of interesting things. In most other shopping malls I've traveled to around the world, you might be lucky to find a vending machine that sells bottled water and some soft drinks - but in Japan you'll find way more than that. This mall I passed by today had an ice cream vending machine, one that sold cigarettes, and a ton of smaller ones selling a range of adorable toys, key rings, and other kawaii knick knacks (try saying that three times quickly!)
Entire stores dedicated to socks
Different food court options
Yes, Japan still does have your western food court options in a lot of places (think McDonalds, KFC, Burger King - although you might see some different menu items than what you're used to there, too!)
In saying that, you're more likely to experience things like soba, udon, tempura, ramen, takoyaki, and other Japanese cuisine options. It's not like that is a bad thing though, since Japanese food is amazing - and there's something to suit just about anyone's tastebuds!