Kevin Kent, CEO and owner of Knifewear, is currently on a business trip to Japan. He wanted to tell you about some of his experiences while he's there. Prepare yourself for a little bit of farmers’ market envy.
When I think of the great food markets of the world my mind immediately goes to Burrough Market in London, the big market in Barcelona, and Nishiki market. Salted fish, traditional pickles, nihonshu (sake), grilled fish, fresh fish, perfectly spherical melons, huge grapes, chopsticks of every description, tea, everything a Japanese kitchen might need, really.
My fave shops are the togarashi shichimi (a Japanese spice primarily made with chilis and sesame, plus other spices) joint where you can mix your own personal blend, the sake shop with tons of delicious, locally made, crazy juice, and all of the tsukemono (Japanese pickle) makers, who make the best tsukemono in the world.
I think Japanese food is one of the top cuisines of the world and the food in Kyoto is the tops in Japan. Nishiki market is proof of that.
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