The renown painter, Ito Jakuchu was born in a wholesale green-grocer in the Nishiki market.
Let’s take a look at the market from the west entrance (Takakuradori). You can see a large sign with the kanji, “錦”printed on it, with flags hanging underneath. These types of flags can be seen everywhere in the market.
This is one of the works of Ito Jakuchu (1716 to 1800). He is a famous painter who still attracts collectors from all over the world. He was born in a wholesale green-grocer in the Nishiki market. He painted daikon, lotus root, pumpkins, and other unique vegetables on his works. On the right hand side of the entrance, you’ll find Jakuchu’s birthplace.
Let’s go and see more of the market!
From the west entrance to Nisiki Tenmangu
As I walked along the street, a dumpling shop popped up in front of me. They have warabi cakes, inaka dumplings, and many other delicious items. Odango, or dumplings, are loved by many in Japan as sweets to go with tea.
I found a chopstick shop with many different chopsticks and chopstick rests. It’s fun to choose!
Next, I found a sign board that says, “The world’s spiciest spices”.
You can buy many different kinds of spices, including ichimi and shichimi. Shichimi is usually used as a seasoning for Udon and Soba. You can also make your own shichimi chilli blend at this shop.
I overheard a conversation between a customer and the shop’s owner. According to them, the Nishiki market has a certain trust in fresh seafood with it’s patrons, so people who run restaurants, including historical and expensive restaurants, come here to buy their ingredients.
I saw a picture of Jakuchu hanging in the arcade. It is so interesting to see his work!
The staff was making pickles (tsukemono) in a large barrel at a tsukemono shop. To make tsukemono, you need care for it everyday by mixing the ingredients.
⇒What is “tsukemono”?：tadaimajp.com/2016/08/tsukemono/
You can also buy many different kinds of tempura at the tempura shop!
These are seasoned octopus eggs in octopus heads. There are also soft squid bones and baby squid.
The price range is around 250 to 500 yen, so it’s affordable for a light snack.
The Tori is located at the end of the street.
Take a sip of water from The Nishiki Tenmangu!
A natural spring called, “Nishiki water” is located at Nishiki Tenmangu. Local people come here early in the morning to get water when they visit the temple.
One of the reasons why the Nishiki market has thrived, is because of the water. It was used to cool and keep food at a time before refrigerators. The water temperature is about 15℃～18℃.
Nishiki Tenmangu is also known as lucky place for academics, business, and health, so why not drop by if you’re in Kyoto?
Sakaimachi, Chukyo, Kyoto 〒604-0000