Kanazawa’s Omicho Market
Visiting Omicho Market was definitely one of the highlights of Kanazawa. The market is a warren of narrow covered alleys lined with up to 200 stores. Judy and I love markets generally, and this is a good one. We went there every day during our time there.
There are lots of entrances to Omicho, this one opens out to one of the back streets.
I’ve never seen signs encouraging polite behavior at an American shopping mall. In our experience, Japanese people tend to very courteous with or without signs.
You can find all kinds of stuff at Omicho Market, but there is a special emphasis on seafood, most of it coming out of the nearby Sea of Japan.
Since the fish is fresh and the area is kept very clean, I found the fish smell rather pleasant.
Most of the seafood is carefully packaged, but some is displayed in baskets of various sizes.
There are lots of big crabs for sale.
Sometimes you feel like octopus, but you don’t want a whole octopus, know what I mean? Well, Omicho Market has you covered with Octopus By The Arm (TM).
Omicho Market also has restaurants and stalls selling cooked food, and this was our favorite. More specifically, it had the best fried oysters that Judy or I had ever tasted, juicy and sweet. The number of times we visited this counter must be kept classified due to national security concerns.
There were also stalls selling freshly shucked raw oysters, something we had never eaten before. I think those are sea urchins toward the front.
And it turns out we won’t be trying raw oysters again any time soon.
There’s more than just seafood at Omichi Market. Among other things, there were stalls selling fresh fruit, which tends to be pretty expensive in Japan. Judy loved the sweet, giant grapes. I was crazy about the fresh green and purple figs, which are kind of hard to find in Chicago (we do have “fresh” figs but usually they are not really fresh). Whenever we were at Omichi, we would buy some fruit to take back to our hotel.
The mushrooms displays were also quite interesting, though we didn’t buy any.
Markets are usually more fun than museums, and they may be more informative about everyday life in the country you are visiting.
That’s all for now.