Four kinds of natto from Sendai, three types of mochi from Nagano Prefecture, and a huge variety of mushrooms including shitakes already started on a log, were but a few of the great edibles on offer. Running a close second as a personal favorite to the mochi from Nagano was the little salad garden in a bag that was so cute it was difficult to resist the urge to add it to my own garden already underway. Add to this woven straw baskets and bags, and metalware made from recycled materials, along with hot coffees, tasty lunches, and a bevy of other treats for a perfect weekend trip.
One of a number of markets that are springing up around Tokyo and all of Japan as part of a government sponsored program, Marche Japon, the UN University Market has steadily grown since its inception a little over a year ago. and is part of the UN effort to educate people about food security and healthy eating. Vendors were nearly overwhelmed with happy inquisitive customers all looking for something tasty to eat or a pretty bouquet. Another great stop on the seasonal food tour, this market will be well worth visiting again to see what's new on offer!
Planning to go?
Every Saturday and Sunday
10am - 4pm
*Be careful! Not all vendors come both days.