My Sunday Photo – Nishiki Market (Japan Flashback)

I’m finally over the never-ending cold (thanks for asking!), but I still haven’t been out and about with the camera this week. That means only one thing – another Japan flashback! I figure you lot don’t mind, my Japan photos always seem to get a lot of interest. This week’s flashback is of the amazing Nishiki Market.

Old and New

I’m not surprised my Japan photos receive a lot of attention. Japan is a fascinating place to visit. I think it is the strange blend of cutting edge technology and ancient history that makes it so interesting. In some parts of Japan it’s as if time has stood still, yet walk just a couple of blocks and it seems as if you are suddenly strolling through the future.

Nishiki Market is a celebration of tradition and history. It is a representation of the way things have been done for a long time. Sure, it has the inevitable tourist trap aspects that all places get once they become popular, but it also functions as a market. Nishiki Market has a history dating back centuries and some of its stalls have been in the same family for generations. It is a place that locals buy their supplies, and that is what makes it so fascinating.

 

Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market
Fresh seafood (note all the “sashimi ok” signs). Sea urchin and “bloody clam” could be interesting

 

Nishiki Market
Good Japanese breakfast food

 

Nishiki Market
Duck, quail, sparrow or eel? (note the picture of the sparrow for illustrative purposes)

 

Nishiki Market
This place was popular. I do love a bit of meat on a stick!

 

Nishiki Market
The market is a narrow strip that runs for five city blocks. That means that every now and then you have to be careful to not get run over as you cross a street.

 

Nishiki Market
Pickled everything!

 

Okay, I know #MySundayPhoto is only supposed to be five photos. In my defence, it is impossible to tell the story of this place in just five shots. I had about 20 more really interesting photos that I could have shared.

The Nishiki Market is a fascinating place and I highly recommend a visit if you ever find yourself in Kyoto. It is a great place for food (photos of our sashimi lunch didn’t make the cut) and a really interesting place to explore. Get there early if you don’t like crowds – the market gets busy!

 

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5 thoughts on “My Sunday Photo – Nishiki Market (Japan Flashback)

  • June 3, 2018 at 4:47 pm
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    I have been so busy organising the house move I didn’t know you had a cold! Glad to hear it’s gone. Massive fan of the B&W photo of Nishiki. You’ve captured the essence of market life.

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    • June 3, 2018 at 6:30 pm
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      My cold didn’t make it onto the BBC news? I’m surprised!
      I was whinging about it on last week’s My Sunday Photo (and possibly the one before).
      I also like the B&W ones the best!

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    • June 3, 2018 at 6:33 pm
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      Thanks Darren!

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  • June 5, 2018 at 6:29 pm
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    I’ve always thought that these Japanese markets look so fascinating. #MySundayPhoto.

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