With a total length of 2.4 km, Nishigawa Canal Park is around 10-minutes walk from Okayama station. To get to it, go along Momotaro Odori road towards Okayama castle, along Nishigawa canal and its branch Edagawa channel…
Even though it’s located in the center of Okayama city, it’s an oasis of green with flowerbeds and roadside trees where fireflies can even be seen fluttering about, apparently!
Yuki Seikatsu Market Ichi (‘Organic Life Market Ichi’) is held in Nishigawa Canal Park on 8 occasions a year.
Among the 40-50 stalls that line up along the Nichigawa Canal Park, you can find, for example, organically grown Okayama vegetables and foods prepared using them as ingredients. There are also stores that sell clothes made from hemp and organic cotton, etc.
Blessed with a warm climate, Okayama, “the land of the sun”, is a treasure house of delicious ingredients.
At Yuki Seikatsu Market Ichi you can enjoy choosing among the best organic ingredients available anywhere!
This is also a mobile stone oven pizza store that offers freshly baked pizza made only with organic ingredients.
Made using plenty of cheese from Hiruzen, Okayama prefecture, this particular photo-writer & Kokohore Japan recommends the Bambino, a pizza limited to 10 portions a day!
Some stores even have non-Japanese patrons! This local grandpa seems very interested, too!
The charm of the marché is that you get to talk directly with the people running the stalls while you’re shopping. You may even get to hear about highly recommended stores and locations that are usually well-kept-secrets, among other information useful when travelling.
Why not drop by Okayama’s slightly connoisseur-level spot that can’t be found in the usual guidebooks!
Yuki Seikatsu Market Ichi (Organic Life Market Ichi)
Dates held: March thru June, September thru December, on the 3rd Sunday of the month
Homepage: http://www.ichi-jp.org/archives/portfolio-category/market (Japanese)
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Asami Asai / Katsutoshi Asai (Kokohore Japan)
Katsutoshi Asai Producer and member of the Setouchi Regional Revitalization Association. Born in Yokohama in 1974, Katsutoshi is married and has a young son. Although he started his career with an advertising agency, he went to join the Tower Records team. Katsutoshi was involved with brand management, sales campaigns, collaboration work, and live events. Through his career, he experienced being the Sales Promotion Manager, and the Manager of the Live Entertainment Department. However, in 2012, Katsuyoshi retired from Tower Records and moved to Seto city, Okayama prefecture - a place where he had no prior friends, connections or relatives. Soon after moving, he joined the Setouchi Regional Revitalization Association, and in July 2013 founded Kokohore Japan and began a number of projects to re-task old traditional buildings, invent new specialty products, and work on regional branding. Website: Kokohore Japan http://kkhr.jp/ Asami Asai Editor & Writer I mainly write about social news, music, and lifestyles. I was born and raised in Tokyo, but in 2012 I decided on a whim to move to Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture. I contribute to magazines such as Liniere, Inakagurashi no Hon, and ku:nel. I publish books for my 'interesting' friends, too, and direct and write for programs at FM Okayama. Everyday I write about people and things for both readers and listeners. Website: Kokohore Japan http://kkhr.jp/
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