Friday, October 26, 2012

Tokyo Farmers Markets: October 27th and 28th

The charming women of Ibaraki at the Nippori Farmers Market.
Oh, the angle of the light these days is just heavenly for me, as are the cooler temperatures. Autumn, too, brings some of the loveliest color contrasts to be found in Japan: kaki's (persimmon's) blaze orange against the brilliant blue sky; dark brown chestnuts against the gold of their porcupine-like pods; zekura's (pomegranate's) bright red against the deep green of their leaves, and the bright green of the seedlings of my winter vegetables as they emerge from the soil. And that's even before they get displayed on market tables to tempt and tantalize. I'm hungry already.
Saturday, October 27th and Sunday, October 28th
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 October
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 October
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 October
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 October
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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