Friday, April 13, 2012

Tokyo Farmer's Markets: April 14th and April 15th

Surely if you didn't get enough cherry blossoms last weekend then this weekend ought to more than sate the appetite for pink flowers in trees. Early birds will want to head to Kichijoji for the farmer's market as well as to save themselves a prime spot under the blossoms. Folks heading to the Nippori market should take the time to visit Yanaka for a walk through the cemetery there for some spectacular blossom viewing as well. (Pick up some of those yummy manju to munch as you gaze upward into the pink haze...hmmm, now I have an idea for the weekend!) Regardless, get out there to soak up some spring blossoms, some good food, and do your bit for the local economy!

Photo Note: Pictured here are two employees of Aizu Wakamatsu commissioned by their city government to come down and help the farmers and producers selling at the Nippori Market. Ganbatte, Tohoku! 

Ebisu Market
Sunday, April 15
11am to 5pm
A nice sized market held on the terrace just in front of Ebisu Garden Place that will always be special to me for introducing me to dried natto and tea seedpods.

Nippori Farmer's Market
Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15
10am to 5pm
Another great market in the city found with a little help from friends, this one is sure to not disappoint. My first visit was wonderful despite cold temperatures and a smattering of rain. Plus, Tohoku growers are on hand sharing their best-of-the-best, so come on out to be part of the recovery and get something good to eat.
No map, but just head out the east exit and look for the green awnings!

Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15
A gem of a market hidden away in one of Tokyo's high-end shopping districts offering seasonal favorites in a way that feels homey yet rather boutique-y.
11am to 5pm

Every Saturday and Sunday in April
A massive weekend affair that is great fun and features a variety of fruits and vegetables and prepared products from all over Japan. Plus, the curry I had during my last visit from one of the vendors was plate-licking good. (I refrained, but only just.)
10am to 4pm

Every Saturday in April
A recent first visit to this market was well worth the trip for the number of organic growers and getting to meet a Tokyo farmer from just down the tracks in Kokobunji.
10am to 2pm

Every Saturday and Sunday in April
Another nice market not far from the sumo stadium in Ryogoku it's worth casing out for the neighborhood as well as the vendors.
11am to 5pm

Yurakucho Farmer's Market
Every Saturday and Sunday in April
Another great market somewhere in size between Kichijoji and the United Nation's University Farmer's Market, it often features from a particular growing region as well as heaps of farmers and producers from nearby Chiba and Saitama, too.
11am to 5pm
Directions: Turn left out of the station and cross the courtyard toward Tokyo Kouku Keitan. Look for the fun under the overhang!

Know of a market? Give me a shout and we'll add it to the list!

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