Food Market In Nippori, Tokyo
This weekend, you can meet some 20-30 food sellers from all over Japan at the Nippori Marche, a French-style market at the east side of the Nippori station on the Yamanote line. There will be live taiko performance and all kinds of fun. You can get fresh veggies from Hokkaido to Okinawa (and Tanegashima).
Support these people if you live in Tokyo! Just one more reason to get to talk to people who actually work the soil, do the harvesting, and enjoy selling their goods. Do visit for the booths from Niigata, Nagano, Fukushima, and Chiba.
Tokyo needs more of these kinds of events.
Stay tuned to their activities: Nippori Yume Donya
People in the big city must learn how to connect, man-to-man, woman-to-woman, with the people who know how to grow food. The people in the rural areas also need to learn how to market their wares. Nippori Marche is one such event, held monthly, that makes me feel hopeful about how Tokyo and Japan will manage as we are heading towards dire straits.
I like how Nippori Marche has become a way for people in Tokyo to support the farmers and everyone in the Tohoku area. But it is more than that. As we learn how to appreciate what we eat, we also learn to appreciate the people who bring the food to our table, to our plate, to our cup. We are all connected. Without that, we are nothing.