June 18, 2017

Nishiki Market

Nishikikōji-dōri Takakura, Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100

From Inside Kyoto: Running between Teramachi-dōri (寺町通) and Shinmachi-dōri (新町通), one block north of Shijō-dōri (四条通), Nishiki Market (錦市場, nishiki ichiba) is Kyōto's largest traditional food market. While modern food shops and souvenir shops are starting to move in, there are still enough traditional shops to give you a glimpse of what a traditional shopping street (商店街, shōtengai) must have looked like. You'll find all the major ingredients of traditional Kyōto cuisine (京料理, kyō-ryōri) on display here: Japanese pickles (漬物, tsukemono), fresh bean curds (豆腐, tōfu), Kyōto vegetables (京野菜, kyō-yasai), Japanese sweets (和菓子, wagashi), tea, and fresh fish and shellfish. Some shops sell takeaway food like chicken skewers (焼き鳥, yakitori) or fresh raw fish (刺身, sashimi), and a few sit down restaurants can be found amid the shops. Those with sharp eyes or the ability to read Japanese might pick out whale meat for sale at a few of the stalls.

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