Japan, Travel

390 Metres

You don’t necessarily think of Japan as a place with a particularly abundant market culture. Of course there are the big operational fish markets but I mean like London’s historic food markets, Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar or Malaysia’s big night markets packed with hawker stalls and so on. Japan does of course have incredible fresh food and a real variety of delicate and distinctive flavours; flavours that we miss terribly while we’re in London.

For over 700 hundred years, Kyoto’s Nishiki Koji, a covered street lined with specialist food shops and stalls, has been a bustling centre for fresh local ingredients and delicious cuisine. Atsuko especially couldn’t wait to wander the street and try some of the foods. It was a place that, despite extreme cold, had a warm sense of community and I enjoyed watching the people as much as I loved exploring produce, seafood and pickles. We particularly loved the supremely narrow egg shop and were fascinated by a man slicing eels that he had pinned to his board.

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8 thoughts on “390 Metres

    • Oh yes, you’re right and that contrast is one of the things I love the most about Japan actually. They do have the high-tech gadgets but basically life is very traditional and the culture remains quite pure throughout most parts of the country, unchanged by the modern world.

      • Selvinas says:

        Yeah really want to go there sometime soon. Perhaps this year or the next 🙂
        Always get so jealous of all the bloggers visiting Japan!

    • We too love going to markets, so it was fun to find this one. For some reason I’m not a fan of supermarkets but Atsuko particularly shares your passion; she used to wander the aisles for ages when we first moved to London…! : )

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