The first thing you should shoot is whatever film/developer combo you use in 35mm. It's really the only way to get a baseline comparison, so you can see what the format change does for you, without introducing other variables.
Plus one more...
Having done that it would not be a ruinous exercise to simply buy a roll of everything you can find that is current and not yet withdrawn from the market, use them, consider the results and then choose for yourself.
An often overlooked consideration is how the film is to work with. Some films make glorious negatives but are unbelievably awkward to get flat on the negative carrier, or a nightmare to coax into the developing tank spiral...
Wonder if Yodobashi ships out? (will have to look up the translated details on the desktop)
Yodobashi may not, but Japan Exposures does. However, their mark-up is a bit more than what you can get at Yodobashi.
This thread actually reminded me that I have some Fuji chemicals to try out. In Japan they are cheaper than Kodak or Ilford chemicals (as is the paper), but I'm a girl of habit, so for the most part have stuck to what I know, unless I can't get it here (for example, Photoflo is impossible to get, but Fuji's equivalent is Driwel, which works exactly the same). You may notice in the photos below another brand called Chugai: it's cheap and everywhere, even the small little mom and pop shops that still sell some film. I like the Fujibro paper, it's what I usually use for the postcard exchanges and to make contact/work prints. It's a fast paper and dries nice and flat. Here are a couple of old threads that I started about its lithability: Link1Link2
Fujifilm (and other products at Kyoto Yodobashi Camera: not nearly as good as Osaka or Tokyo, but better than most cities)
Quick snaps of part of my own stash:
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