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Shimane Prefecture: My Latest Travel Piece Exploring Japan

Matsue Castle in Shimane Prefecture. A recent trip to Shimane Prefecture on Japan's western side proved to be one of the most fascinating experiences yet. These trips are never long enough, and I'm always left wishing I had just one more day or a little more time to see just one more thing, ask one more question, hear one more story. Shimane was no exception. A remarkable little corner of Japan steeped in history and tradition, legend weaves itself through history and daily life. Read my article for the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan , and then head off to discover it for yourself.

December Farmers Markets in the Tokyo and Yokohama Regions

Atsu Suzuki from Nice Time Farming at the Nagoya Organic Farmers Market. Winter may be arriving in fits and starts, but the fields are pouring forth some of the best produce yet. Look for rice harvested this fall along with daizu (soy beans) in all colors, shapes, and flavors, as well as vibrant winter greens and the first wave of sunny citrus. Holiday shopping, it should be noted, is made easy with a visit to any of these markets. Presents or simply stocking the cupboard will be a delight! Market of the Sun Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 11th The newest of Tokyo's farmers markets at two years old, Market of the Sun (a.k.a. Taiyo Marche) , professes to be one of the largest. A short walk from Tsukiji Market and its wonderful surrounds, this market is worth a visit for its lovely selection of foodly and crafty items that rivals the goodies found at the UNU Market. 10am to 4pm Step out of Kachidoke Station at Exits A4a or A4b and look for the tents. Kic