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Wajima Morning Market

ladies at Wajima market with heaps of seaweed

The morning market in Wajima, a small city in the middle of the Noto Peninsula, Ishikawa, reminded me of colorful markets I visited so many years ago in Las Paz. Ladies at Wajima asa-ichi do not wear tall hats nor do they braid their hair. Besides the rather gray and quiet market does not have so many varieties and sizes of potatoes, but what the tiny coastal morning market in Noto offers is so many kinds of seafood, both fresh and preserved–plus wrinkled old ladies in heavy quilted work trousers and head scarves.

ladies at Wajima market

Ladies at the market

ladies at wajima market

Wajima asa-ichi official site in Japanese
Hours: 8:00 am to noon
Open every day except for 10th and 25th of the month

Wajima is one hour from Wakura Onsen or two hours from Kanazawa by bus. In addition to the market, Wajima is famous for lacquerware.


5 Responses to “Wajima Morning Market”

  1. Now, I can see making a trip with one purpose of it being visiting Omicho Market in Kanazawa, but…

    Posted by billywest | April 9, 2009, 10:59 am
  2. Omicho Market is fun, but watch out when you are going to be there. (no weekend and before 5) Wajima is so far, but good little place to see interesting foods.

    Posted by Et-chan | April 10, 2009, 8:21 am


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