To Market, To Market! In Japan


“At its best, Japanese cooking is inextricably meshed with aesthetics, with religion, with tradition and history. It is evocative of seasonal changes, or of one’s childhood, or of a storm at sea.” 

~M.F.K Fisher

 

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Octopus on a Stick

 

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Market Day

 

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Something’s Fishy

 

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
~ Elliott Erwitt

 

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Snail’s Pace

 

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So Many Balls

 

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Over the Barrels

 

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5 For 1000

 

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Eat Now

 

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Today’s Fare

 

“Even sea bream is not delicious when eaten in loneliness.”

~Japanese Proverb

 

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Carp

 

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Ready to Work

 

“I know once people get connected to real food, they never change back.”

~Alice Waters

 

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Triple Fish Eye

 

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Another Day

 

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Blow Says Hello

 

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116 comments

  1. Remind me so much of my time when I visited Japan! Market is always the best!

  2. Great photos! I was in Nishiki market just a week or two ago – love it there!

  3. Stunning photos. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to reading more of your blog. I hope you’ll visit us here @surreyKitchen.com. Happy Easter. Xxx

  4. These pictures look amazing! never been to Japan but have spent quite a lot of time in Asia, and the markets always mesmerize me. Whenever im abroad my favorite thing to do is hang out at the local markets and take stupid amount of pictures and stuff my face with..most of the time i dont even know what 🙂

  5. I really enjoyed your pictures! Thank you for sharing. If you’d like, I also have a blog about Japan and if you’re interested, please follow me!

  6. Another day. Perfect caption! My pics are no where near as good as yours! Hmm many some day 🤟

  7. We usually give the heads to our son to eat when the fish comes complete! Love the pics!

  8. Lovely photos! The market is always such a rich source of day-to-day life subject matter, no matter where you are!

  9. Lovely post. I love visiting local markets..ad they send a vibe special to them.

  10. Did you enjoy the food in Japan? I think I might lose weight if I visited there! You’ve done a wonderful photojournalistic/food photography job here! ‘So Many Balls’ reminds me of the famous scene of Lucy and Ethel in the chocolate factory … the Japanese version!

    • Hi Denise, Too funny that you thought of Lucy and Ethel– I sure did. 🙂 We loved the food in Japan – had a lot of Ramen, Sushi, Tempura- all so fresh and beautifully prepared. Happy you enjoyed this market day – it is a fun challenge to document these fascinating places when traveling. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

  11. I love how I can almost smell that ‘fish market’ smell just by looking at these photos. Great images 🙂

  12. Chinese food is exquisite! I like the diversity of flavors and textures.

  13. Hi Jane, I just accidentally stumbled upon your website trough a comment you made on another blog. And what a discovery this is!!! Love your photography! Not sure if I’m fond of all the Japanese fish though 😉 But boy, how well did you capture all this! Got you on my ‘to follow’ list 😉

  14. Wild, Jane! I love Elliot Erwitt’s quote. You always find good ones! But I’m not sure Alice Waters’ is totally appropriate to Japanese food. 😉 Maybe that’s just my cultural bias. The photographs certainly reflect a unique market experience, and you sure had fun with the titles this time! (Carp, really??)

  15. Even though I don’t eat any animals, I can appreciate your photo’s 😉

  16. A great collection of images, it’s the first one that is my favorite.

  17. Those are great, though have to say as a vegetarian I find them slightly unsettling..

  18. What wonderful, vibrant market scenes, Jane! I can’t choose one or two favorites because each is so fascinating.

  19. Great documentation of Japan’s food culture, Jane, so different from our own, so intriguing!

  20. fabulous shots…love all of the little details…& people….YUMMY!!👍

  21. I feel like I go on a journey when I look at your photos. I have never been to Japan, so this is especially exciting. I know I have said it before, but I just love your people photos.

    • Ali, What a wonderful compliment, thank you so much. Taking you on a journey is what I hope for in my photos and I’m very happy you enjoy my portraits– one of my favorite subjects when traveling. 🙂

  22. Your photos are intriguing but I agree with Linda Wyatt. I would definitely lose weight there.

  23. I think I would have starved in Japan! Interesting displays of a little bit of everything !

  24. Gorgeous photos, just wish that the whole world ate bamboo instead, I do eat some selected plenty-full fish and wish I did not….the way the Japanese, and others, kill even whales and dolphins pains me.

    • Hi Paula, Thank you. I certainly agree with you about overfishing and environmentally sustainable practices. There is no reason to kill whales and dolphins and many other creatures, for that matter. It is a worldwide issue.

  25. Ha! And I was just thinking nothing looked appealing, particularly the triple eyeless fish. I do, however, love how you captured life at the market including quote about finding the special in the ordinary.

  26. Great places for shooting, those Asian markets. Fine series! 🙂

  27. Amzing shots of food and food prep in Japan, Jane. Looks like lots of effort goes into making good food over there. I think those balls may be octopus/takayoki balls…and I absolutely love those 😊

    • Hi Mabel, Thank you so much. The care and attention to detail and presentation in Japanese cuisine is impressive. Thanks for identifying the balls- I wasn’t sure. I had skewers in Japan but I’m sorry I didn’t try these! 🙂 Appreciate you stopping by.

  28. Wonderful collection Jane – so vibrant and evocative. Is this in the fish market in Tokyo or in Nishiki?
    Alison

    • HI Alison, These were made at Nishiki. It was so crowded, I was surprised I could get any. Sadly, the famous market in Tokyo was closed and being relocated when we were there. Happy you enjoyed these – much appreciated coming from your experienced eye. Thanks so much. 🙂

  29. This is a culture on which I have not yet admitted. Something strange, far away, unapproachable. Thanks for the trip there.

  30. An excellent series. I must admit that my internal prejudices of fish markets make it difficult to select a favorite. Maybe I should find a shrink and address this. Nah! And I eat a lot of fish.

  31. What a trip that must have been! But most of all I liked the part of your quote: “everything to do with the way you see them”! So very true…
    Another pleasurable post!

    • Thanks so much, Gunta. Every part of the trip was a visual delight. That quote hits home for me, too. I think of photography as documenting a time and place and helping the viewer to see the special moments in the everyday. 🙂

  32. Real food! Love all the colour and variety here, what a feast for the eyes. Having said that, the snail photo is probably my favourite.
    Thanks, Jane!

    • Hi PC, Thank you! Yes, real food and very different from what we experience in our markets. Very exciting to see how it is presented. Happy you like the snail photo– definitely my fave. I really appreciate you sharing your thoughts. 🙂

  33. So, what did you sample??? 🙂

    I’d go for the tempura, sushi (if they had), maybe try octopus on a stick, take home a nice piece of ahi tuna for later. The blowfish, my mom would say, “Take a pass on that. You need a chef that knows how to prepare it.” She’d likely take a pass on the carp too. But, she’d linger over the fresh fish, and take something home.

    • Hi David, We had great food experiences. I didn’t buy from the markets but we had wonderful meals in restaurants. Sushi, tempura, ramen, baked goods, skewers, Kobe…. all fresh and beautifully prepared. Sounds like you would be very happy in Japan! 🙂

  34. Loved it Jane. I get to go to a Japanese market weekly and this tugged at me.

  35. It’s a fascinating world, Jane, but I think I might go hungry. 😦 😦

    • Hi Jo- I think you would find many delicious foods…the amazing thing is how thoughtful and beautiful the presentation of food is. Even children’s lunchboxes are works of art. Thanks so much for strolling with me. 🙂 🙂

  36. Being a true southerner, I’ll stick to my pimento cheese sandwich and fried bologna! However, you made it very photogenic 🙂

  37. wonderful people at work and food photos – 🙂
    and the little shields the ladies are wearing (below the chin) in the one photo is super smart and more food prep should be done by covering the nose and mouth – but esp. the nose!

    the 4th photo down is the show stopper photo for me – such a nice portrait and the mono and lines – tasty good shot.

    “I know once people get connected to real food, they never change back.”

    so true, so true

  38. Blimey Jane I think some of your images should come with a warning 😬😳🤢. Seriously though great images, do the vendors mind you photographing them? they don’t look as if they are posing.

    • Thanks, Brian! Why, are you afraid? 🤣 Glad you enjoyed the images– I am as respectful as possible with street shots and if they catch me and say no, I don’t pursue. I’m usually pretty stealthy and it doesn’t come up very often.

  39. Fantastic scene at the market. My daughter wants to visit Japan. I will have to show her your photos. Very cool.

    • Thanks so much, TMax. I hope you make the trip with your daughter, it’s a fascinating country to visit. I did a number of posts on Japan in November if you scroll down my feed. I appreciate your interest in my work. From your website, it looks like you are a photography teacher- that’s great! 🙂

  40. Well normally your wonderful captures would have me salivating Jane but I must admit the difference in the Japanese palate and mine became very apparent to me with this one! You’ve captured the spirit and flavor of the foods beautifully

  41. I want to catch the next flight over!

    Sent from my iPad

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  42. Something very fishy about this collection 🙂 Wonderful mix of color and b/w!

  43. How many of these dozens of foods did you try?

  44. Reblogging to my sister site Timeless Wisdoms

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