Japanese outdoor markets

Vendors stalls

 Japanese outdoor markets

 

It’s fun to visit markets when I travel to new places and visiting a local farmers market in the early morning hours is always an interesting adventure in discovering new foods and seasonal specialties from the area. While visiting the city of Takayama in Gifu province one morning, I wanted to check out the local farmers market close to the main river and see the fall harvest crops for sale in the region and any other snack items that I might want to bring with me on my daily excursions.

 

 

Japanese outdoor markets

 

 

 

 

Japanese outdoor markets

Various foods available

 

Most of the vendors were just getting started setting up their stalls so they didn’t bother when I started to take photographs while they were setting up. I like the fact that most of the vendors were not shy, some smiled and even encouraged me to come by and sample some of their fruits or other delicacies.

 

 

 

Japanese outdoor markets

Eggplant for sale

 

 

 

 

Japanese outdoor markets

Apples for sale

 

Not surprising were the typical fall weather crops that are prevalent during this timeframe including apples, pears and squashes. Surprisingly, there were a few things being offered that I could not recognize and are grown mostly in Japan for a local market. This included the fruit below which I have no idea if it was a fruit or a vegetable, in any case it was very exotic looking and beautiful to photograph.

 

Japanese outdoor markets

 

 

 

There were a few vendors that sell a variety of pickled radishes and other delicacies. It makes sense with the short growing season here that pickling is one of the best ways to store perishable items for longer term usage.

 

Japanese outdoor markets

Japanese pickles

 

 

 

 

Japanese outdoor markets

Fall flowers and turnips.

 

 

I love taking photographs of the farmers if they would let me, most Japanese people are okay with this but some of the seniors were a little shy so I didn’t take them, but a few here were okay about having their photos taken since the market is in the tourist district and I’m sure they are used to visitors always coming to visit the markets to sample and take photographs.

 

 

 

Japanese outdoor markets

Apples for sale

 

 

 

 

Japanese outdoor markets

Extra large apples to go

 

Apples seem to be the main offering at this market and the apples were huge Fuji like apples which I sampled and they were delicious!

 

 

Japanese outdoor markets

Lunch time interrupted

 

 

 

 

Japanese outdoor markets

Handmade crafts for sale

It was fun discovering what is for sale during the fall harvest season here. I loved the expressions and wonderful smiles I received when I was allowed to take some photographs of the vendors at the market. Not to mention trying out some of the seasonal offerings and other specialties of the region which is always a great way of exploring the foods of a particular region.

 

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