May 5, 2013

Kei Tora Ichi (Light-Truck Market) on May 5, 2013/軽トラ市、2013年5月5日

Today, I visited the Kei Tora Ichi (Light-Truck Market), held on Tsumugi Dori here in the Shiozawa area of Minami Uonuma city.
I dropped by Bokushi Dori,
and Suzuki Bokushi Kinenkan (Memorial Hall).
I reached Tsumugi Dori, which leads to JR Shiozawa Station.
When you turn around, you will see the Kei Tora Ichi.
I immediately found a gem:
This amount of kogomi (fiddleheads) for only 200 yen! After I got home, I measured them, and they were about 430 g.
この量のこごみがたったの200円!家に帰ってから測ると、430 g程度ありました。
Representative Director (center) of Aoki Shoten, with two sons:
An acquaintance of mine. I bought one pack of four Hanjuku Cheese.

I left the market, and headed for the supermarket, where I bought chimaki and sasa dango.
Map of the Kei Tora Ichi on Tumugi Dori:
Hanjuku Cheese:
A favorite of my family's, especially my son's.

Ishizaka's Maitake:
500 g for 500 yen. I don't think you can get it this cheap elsewhere.
500 yenで500 g。他ではこんなに安く買えないと思います。 
Very firm and solid. Superior to wild maitake, in my opinion, because you don't have to rinse it with water (and lose much flavor) before use.

Chimaki (left) and sasa dango (right):
The people of Niigata have them for Tango no Sekku (Boys' Festival), which falls on today, May 5.
(I was born and bred in Tokyo, and I used to have kashiwa mochi (mochi wrapped in an oak leaf) when I was a child.

Finally, I bought this seeding at the market.
Koshiabura. I asked the clerk some questions, and he told me it would take TEN YEARS to get (young buds) from it and that it would grow 10 to 20 meters tall. A kind of intimidating answers, but I decided to buy one.


Sissi said...

Good luck with koshiabura! I hope it will grow much quicker than the person said.
I still wonder how kogomi tastes...

Fräulein Trude said...

It takes the こしあぶら some years to produce flower buds? Time flies more or less. The most interesting trees need lots of years but a gardener by heart thinks in long terms (good luck). I have a problem with my Kiwi plant. It takes 5-9 years to grow some fruits / blossom. I planted the Kiwi 8 years ago and it only blossomed once (3 years ago) and the fruits were not that good at all - I am a little vexed. Maybe the Kiwi and me will never become friends (laugh).

Hiroyuki said...

Sissi: Thanks! But I really don't want it to grow 10-20 meters tall...
Some say kogomi tastes like asparagus, but I don't think so. As I said before, kogomi is not bitter and is one of few sansai in Japan that do not require akunuki (harshness removal).

Kiki: If you pick young buds, then it won't grow any more. I don't know whether this is true.

I have no ideal what the problem is with your kiwi plant. The soil, the weather, or both?