Friday, July 27, 2012

Tokyo Farmers Markets: July 28 and July 29


Hiroto Matsufuji at the July Earth Day Market!
Summer has officially arrived in Japan, and here in Tokyo it's really hot. I'm already day-dreaming about our upcoming trip to Hokkaido  and the resulting cooler temperatures. Meanwhile, I'll savor the heat-loving vegetables here in the middle of the country, distract myself by meeting some cool farmer-types, and do more than a little eating. See you out there!

Gyre Market
Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29
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 July
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 July
A first visit to this market was well worth the trek 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 July
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
Map

Yurakucho Farmer's Market
Every Saturday and Sunday in July
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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