Friday, December 21, 2012

Tokyo Farmers Markets: December 22nd and 23rd

Gouda Masaki with his cool mochi from Aomori-ken at the December Ebisu Farmers Market.
He's joined by students and staff of NOPPO, a company that connects university students and farmers.
(I'll be interviewing them early in 2013. Stay tuned!)

As the holidays near the markets are getting a bit scarce, but don't let that deter you from heading out the door to find some of the best gifts ever. Vendors are ramping up their scrumptious offerings in preparation for New Year's celebrations, Christmas gift giving, and parties. (I take any opportunity available to buy and eat, personally, so thankfully we like hiking and biking.) It's worth going to any of these markets for this particularly festive moment.

Nippori Farmer's Market
Sunday, December 22nd, 23rd, and 24th
10am to 5pm
A great long-weekend extravaganza at this wonderful little market where Tohoku farmers sport their best, there's live entertainment, and heaps of fun despite inclement weather. I haven't asked, of course, but I suspect the Emperor would dig celebrating his birthday here, too. No map, but just head out the east exit and look for the green awnings!

Every Saturday and Sunday until December 23rd
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 except for December 29th
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 until December 23rd
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 until December 23rd
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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