I have a diverse taste in food; I eat almost anything. One of the reasons of my visit to Japan is to have a taste of it. Haha! It's not that I love Japanese food (it's kinda expensive at where I live) but I think that their food reveals alot about their culture. Somehow I got to taste their weirdness with their food. Kidding!
Nishiki Market offers a variety of traditional foods of Kyoto - dishes range from pickled vegetables, candies, fresh veggies and seafoods, and seasoned specialties. There are also a number of restaurants and souvenir shops; I bought my woodblock prints here.
What I like about some of the food stalls is that they offer free samples. If you're hungry and doesn't have any spare yen, try all their samples. I only tried those that I think are acceptable to my taste buds. Don't forget to say "Arigatou gozaimasu".
|Fish produce. I didn't try this one, looks weird.|
|Small octopus with a quail egg.|
|Sweets. Nicely wrapped.|
|Plastic foods. Looks real eh?|
|I don't know how do they call this but it's delicious.|
|Fresh from the sea. :D|
|Fresh from the farm,|
I admire how clean the stores are and how the foods are wonderfully arranged and presented. This tells a lot about Japanese: they value their traditions, they have a high standard on cleanliness and their foods are carefully prepared.
How to get there:
It's a 5-10 minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station, just along the Shijo Street.
Just in case you're interested, I bought my woodblock prints at Daishodo store. It is along the Teramachi Shopping arcade. They have antique books, art books and woodblock prints - price ranges from 500 - 500,000 yen. :)
There was no other customer when I entered the shop and the store keeper didn't even bother to get up from his desk and continue to sit quietly doing his own thing. I wandered around slowly, admiring the art works displayed where some are dated a long time ago. I have to say, the artworks are amazing.