More Food Markets In March

Joan over at the terrific Popcorn Homestead blog has a great list of farmers markets in Tokyo this month. Head over to her blog and learn more. Here are a few examples (Joan has visited them all so jump over to her blog to read her impressions and get the addresses):

Ebisu Market
Sunday, March 18
11am to 5pm

Gyre Market
Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11
Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25

Kichijoji Market
Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18
10am to 5pm

Roppongi Market
Every Saturday in March
10am to 2pm

The farmers market concept is taking off all over Japan. One initiative is the (J) where you can find locations and events outside of the nation's capital!

I also want to mention my favourite, Nippori Marche, at the plaza on the east side of the station. The next event is March 17-18 (10am to 5pm). Food from farmers in Tanegashima, Niigata, Aizu Wakamatsu (Fukushima), and Chiba. A troupe of kids from Kawasaki will perform taiko drumming around noon on both days.

Also at Nippori Marche, there will be an opportunity to bring your own vegetables, foods and soil, if you want to get stuff checked for radiation. The measurement takes about 10 minutes and you need to bring 600 cc (a little more than half a liter) of each item. A sophisticated machine will be available to measure the levels of Cesium 134 and 137 isotopes.

Nippori Marche (J)
Food Market In Nippori, Tokyo (E)

Top image shows veggies from Aizu Wakamatsu for sale at the Nippori farmers market!


Karly said…
Hi Martin,

I was not sure how to contact you, but I wanted to ask if you would be interested in writing a letter to the government of Osaka asking them to stop their plan to burn contaminated rubble from Tohoku. I read your article, "Food Safety: Addressing Radiation in Japan's Northeast after 3.11" and feel that your perspective and experience as a writer could help in convincing them to stop. This decision is expected to have a big impact on the decisions of other prefectures, so your letter would be really useful. Please email me at karlyburch[at] or visit Thank you so much for your help!

Martin J Frid said…
Thanks Karly, my email address is under the "About" section to the right (Click on "View my complete profile"). Best of luck with your campaign. Have you had an opportunity to go up and visit the Tohoku area?
Tom O said…
I know its probably a bit much to do this a day trip from Japan but this is just five minutes from where I am, every sunday between 10am>3pm. The 'road' its on leads into a park area so its just natural (literally!) to take a stroll to and thru the park and leisurely check out the stalls.

In Brighton, esp in summer, there would be a large French market on the seafront and they would come over from Normandy with relevant local produce. Its still around but of course I haven't been to Brighton for a while now.
Martin J Frid said…
Thanks, s'il vous plait, I would love to visit that market with farmers from Normandy!

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