Hey, People around Niigata, You’ve Gotta Go Buy Ms Yamashita’s Kimchi

Ms.Yamashita’s Shop in 1st-6th Morning Market in Niitsu

Today I went to the Morning Market in Niitsu in order to buy Ms.Yamashita’s Kimchi. I bought just one package of Chinese Cabbage Kimchi by 800 JPY. Then she told me that people don’t come to her shop these days. She said this year has been so bad for her sales of Kimchi.

So I would like to ask you people around Niigata. I want you to go and buy her Kimchi. It is so delicious and so reasonable. Her Kimchi is available at only several places around Niitsu in Akiha-ward, Niigata city. Please check dates of morning markets in Niitsu, Gosen, and Suibara by the image below.

Date of the Morning Market in Niitsu, Gosen, and Suibara

Ms. Minami Yamashita’s Kimchi













Sticky and Stinky, Fermented Soy Beans “Natto” is a Must for Japanese Breakfast

Now the season of Okra is ending. The okras in my garden have become taller than me, but many leaves have fallen. I can get only two or three okras a day. These days I am thinking about cut those okras and remove them from the field.

Okras should not be boiled long. It should be just one minute or so, very short time.


And then I sliced the boiled okras, and chopped green onions.


Here came “Natto” that is fermented soy beans. Japanese like to eat Natto in breakfast. I don’t think it is appropriate to mention bathroom things while talking about food and meal. But let me tell you. Natto is so stinky, if you eat it in your breakfast, you will smell it in your urine in the bathroom. Not just in the morning, it continues until noon.


Mixing natto with sliced okra and chopped green onion, I pored just a little bit of Soy sauce.


This is the main dish of my breakfast of the day. Usually there is omelet, but this particular morning, pork was there, because I cooked much pork in the previous night.


Okay, this is my breakfast on September 30, 2021.

1-6 Morning Market in the Town of Niitsu, Niigata Pref., JAPAN.

This morning I wanted to go to 1-6 morning market in the town of Niitsu. It has been a while since the I last time I went there. This blog has got many viewers to the pages about Ms. Yamashita’s Kimchi. But I hadn’t bought her Kimchi for several months now.
Although I tried getting on a train at 9 a.m, I missed it. I thought I wouldn’t like to wait for the next train. So I walked to the town of Niitsu from my village. It was about two and half miles. It took 50 minutes or so.

On the way to Niitsu, I found that persimmon was now getting yellow.

1-6 means that the market is held on the date whose last digit is 1 or 6. Today is 26th of September. Most of the shops open only on morning hours (Yes, it’s “Morning Market”).

Once I bought seedlings of “Akita Butterbur” from this flower shop person. But I could not grow butterbur well. They were ruined.

This is what I bought today.

Clockwise from the top,

Pears 300 JPY

Grape 1000 JPY

Chinese Cabbage Kimchi 700 JPY

Ginger 300 JPY

Total was 2300 JPY (21USD approx.).

Morning Market in Niitsu, Niigata-shi, JAPAN

I like to go there. The morning market in Niitsu is held on the following days of a month. Niitsu is a town in Akiha-ward of Niigata city, JAPAN.

1st, 6th, 11th, 16th, 21st, and 26th days of a month, from 8:00 a.m. to noon

1st-6th day Morning Market in Niitsu, Niigata-shi, JAPAN

Of course I went to her shop to buy Kimchi.

Ms. Minami Yamashita’s Kimchi Shop

And I always go to papa’s&mom’s fruit shop near Yamashita-san’s Kimchi shop.

Fruits Shop in Niitsu Morning Market

Now it is no longer the season apple, I don’t see any good and reasonable apples in nearby supermarket. I had expected that his shop would be still selling apples.My expectation was right. His shop was selling the yellow apple “Shinano-Gold” which is a new apple with good balance of sweetness and sour taste. He was selling them with very reasonable prices because Shinano-gold apples have scratches and a little colored portions. They were usually not on the shelves in ordinary supermarkets.

Citrus fruits in Niitsu Morning Market

Flowers are being sold. If you plant those seedlings on your garden, you can enjoy the flowers from the day-1 without waiting to grow and for so long until winter comes.

Flower Seedlings in Niitsu Morning Market

Fishes are also being sold. I thinks one portion of squids is too much. Only a big family will be able to buy.

Fishes and Squids in Niitsu Morning Market

This small shop is selling vegetables and white collar flowers.

White Collar Flowers is being Sold with Vegetable

When it comes to Flowers, I asked this lady to make a flower bundle. Just before I left home, I was asked by my mom to buy the flowers to offer my dad.

Flower Shop in Niitsu Morning Market

So these are what I bought yesterday in the Niitsu Morning Market.

Chinese cabbage kimchi: 700-yen

Radish Kimchi: 500-yen

Shinano-Gold apple: 500-yen

Tribute Flowers: 1000-yen

Butterbur (Green Stems in the photo): 200-yen

2,900 JPY purchase in Niitsu Morning Market on June 6, 2020

An old lady told me how to cook the butterbur. I cooked as she told me, but I spent an hour to peel off them. I boiled them by soy sauce with small chips of ginger and red pepper.

Butterbur boiled wit Soy Sauce

Thanks for reading to the end.





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新津市場:1,6,11,16,21,26日 朝8時から12時まで

五泉市場:2,7,12,17,22,27日 朝8時から12時まで

水原市場:4,8,14,18,24,28日 朝8時から12時まで

ふるさと村:6月~10月まで毎週日曜日 朝6時から7時30分

直売所: 新鮮組(花夢里にいつ)0250-21-6633






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I got on a local train in the morning.



I could see a little bit of snow on the rice fields. The coldest weather hit Japan yesterday.



There was an objet at the west entrance of JR Niitsu station.



A person gave me a pack of Sushi as a souvenir. The sushi was “Engawa” that was muscle at the base of fin of flatfishes.



Dipping into soy sauce, I ate the first piece of Engawa Sushi.



A close-up photo. Of course this is raw fish. Do you want to eat it? I like it.

Morning Market in Niitsu, Akiha-ward, Niigata, JAPAN

Morning market is held on the 1st and 6th date of every month in Niitsu. Niitsu is a town that is located southern Niigata. JR local trains in every 20 minutes take you from Niigata to Niitsu. It takes about 20 minutes. Since it is called “morning market”, so better to get there by 11 a.m.


If you walk to the market from Niitsu JR station, this is the entrance of the market.



I always buy Kimchi at Ms.Minami Yamashita’s shop. She is shy so she hid herself behind the board.



Inside her cooler box. You can see there are Radish Kimchi and Cucumber Kimchi.



A man was selling seafood. He was talkative very much. He said he didn’t take photographs but liked reviewing other’s photographing. Sliced salmons were on his shelf.



There were some flower shops in the market.



I like this old person’s fruit shop.



Western pear “Le Lectier” were being sold with very much reasonable prices. The old person said to me that they were reasonable because it was the end of the season. “Le Lectier” is Niigata’s speciality.



This is all that I bought in the market;

7- Fuji apples = 500 JPY

2 packs of Yellow Kiwi = 500 JPY

1 – Chinese Cabbage Kimchi = 500 JPY

1 – Radish Kimchi = 500 JPY

Green vegetable = 100 JPY

So it costed 2,100 JPY in total. If I apply foreign currency rate of  1 USD = 109 JPY, it would be 19 dollar 27 cent. Expensive or reasonable? It depends on you. I have no complaint about the prices because I enjoyed talking with buyer. That is the beauty of morning market.



I got back home, cut Chinese Cabbage Kimchi into small pieces, and then put it into a small grass container.



Actually, yellow kiwi was not so yellow. It was yellow green. I wanted to change color of this photo so that it could look yellow. But I couldn’t make it, although I tried to adjust colors by an imaging software.


Morning market in Niitsu is small. Please do not expect a large market. It is just a tiny small market using a space of parking lot by the JR railway line. Some towns in Niigata area hold this kind of morning markets. Dates are different town by town. In Niitsu, 1st and 6th. In some town, it is 2nd and 7th, or 4th and 9th. I am not sure you would be interested in the market, but please check the date before you visit some of them.

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