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.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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.

 

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There were some flower shops in the market.

 

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I like this old person’s fruit shop.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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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I am sorry but this post is written exclusively in Japanese.

冬休みで一時帰国し、新潟へ戻ってきた。お昼は自宅で済ませることが多く、写真に撮れるような外食は今週は2回のみ。木曜日に新津の駅前の多良富久さんでラーメンを食べた。

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モヤシラーメンにチャーシューをトッピング。チャーシューを2枚同行者にあげたが、逆に、写真に撮る目的で同行者のナルトをもらって載せた。以前のポストに、この多良富久さんへ来れば、トッピングとして山下南さんのキムチを食べられますと書いたのだが、もうキムチのトッピングはやめたとのことだった。山下さんのキムチはたいてい白菜四分の一で大きいが、お客さんに出す分は少ないので、無駄にしてしまうことが多く、お店としては提供できなくなったとのこと。新津の人がもっと朝市に行って、山下さんのキムチをたくさん買ってくれると良いのだが。

 

本日土曜日は新津の某所で回転寿司。

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100円寿司は あまり好きではない。

 

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最初にマグロ

 

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次にハマチ

 

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巻物も食べたくなったので、ねぎトロ巻き。

 

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エビ3種。

 

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しめさば。

 

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最後に1個だけのイクラの軍艦。本物のイクラなのか、コピー食品のイクラなのかは分からない。以上でお会計は715円。これを言ってしまっては申し訳ないが、安いだけで、おいしくない。100円寿司は結局、後悔する。去年ボランティアで日本語を教えていた青年は、100円寿司で一生懸命バイトしていたので、あまり悪くも言えないだろう。多くの人がそれぞれの場所で努力している。100円で寿司が食べられることにもっと感謝すべきだ・・・しかし、うーん。

一学期の疲労がなかなか取れなくて、朝起きるのが辛い。2年生の会話の授業の教案作りをしているのだが、ぜんぜん進まない。この休みの間に可能な限り多くの教案・教材作りをして2学期に備えておかないと、学期の途中で破滅的なことになりそうだ。にもかかわらず、作業がちっとも進まないので焦っている。

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I took a walk in the afternoon.

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Walking through the bridge, crossing the river, and getting behind of the bank, I thought I could find something there.

 

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I could see the mountains that have more than 1000-meter height. They should be completely white in this time of the year. But this winter is too warm for them to be white.

 

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I saw some white creatures on the dried paddy fields. There was also a lady who was taking photos of those white birds by her smartphone. I talked to her on the way. She told me that they were swans.

 

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They might have been talking about when to get back Siberia because it was warm as if the spring had already come.

 

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Mountains of 2000-meter height looked white.

 

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Green vegetables on the ground.

 

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I crossed the river again to go back to the town where I stay.

 

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Walking on a river bank was not so bad.

 

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Getting dark, so it was time to go home.

Weekly Logs: Jan.13-19, 2020

I meant that my weekly logs were to be a record how I worked as a Japanese teacher. However, I haven’t worked much last week. So the following is not a work log but just a dairy of the week.

 

Monday:

I wanted to work for preparing the conversation class of the second semester. But I didn’t have time to do so. I packed my suite case to back to Japan and cleaned my room a little bit. I went to outside of university for lunch. After the lunch I went to supermarket to buy some spices. Those spices were souvenirs to my sister because they were very much cheaper than spices sold in Japan.

 

Tuesday:

I left my residence by taxi at 8:30 in the morning. My flight was one-stop in the major city and then went to Narita. The lunch in the domestic flight was not so good, so I didn’t show the photo of it in the post “Lunches in this Week”. Landing on Narita airport was delayed a little; at 9:30 p.m. Keisei trains were also delayed. Then I got on a JR train and I walked 30 minutes from railway station to my apartment. It was 1 a.m. when I got there.

 

Wednesday:

I got up at 10 a.m. and went outside just before noon. I bought a new business notebook of 2020, ate lunch in an Italian restaurant, and got on a train to go to Tokyo. I borrowed a rental Wifi rooter in the central Tokyo. When I got to the rental shop, it was almost the end of business hours. So When I got back to the apartment, it already got dark.

 

Thursday:

Comparing money and time, I decided to save money and to use my time. I mean I didn’t use Shinkansen (Bullet train/High speed railway) to come to Niigata. I got up at 4:20 a.m. and got on a local train at 6:10. I arrived at small rural town in Niigata at 2 p.m.

 

Friday and Saturday:

I had been in my parents’ house in both days to take a rest. I tried to work for the preparation of conversation class, but I couldn’t do it well.

 

Sunday:

I went to Niigata by local train. I bought three books in the big book store at south of JR Niigata station. The photo below is the view at Bandai side of the Niigata station. The big book store is on the opposit side; Minamiguchi side of Niigata station.

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Even in the record-warm winter, the sky is dark in Niigata.

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訪問者ゼロの寂しいブログ。本年第3週目のお昼ご飯。

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学外にあるハラルフードの食堂がけっこう気に入った。前回はご飯の上にピーマンがのったのを食べたが、今度は炒めた麺に具材がのっているのを食べた。

 

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麺リフト。

 

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そのハラルフードの食堂で、今度は牛肉水餃子を食べてみた。女性の店員に、店の中に貼ってあるメニューの写真を指さして、これをくれと頼んだ。

 

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タレに浸けて。

 

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一口喰った後の断面。近距離の撮影が得意なはずのオリンパスカメラだが、大事な所にピントが合っていない。勘定のとき、注文した女性と違って、男性が出て来た。私は食べたものが「水餃子」であると告げた。男性が12元と言ったので、12元払って店を出た。しかし考えてみると、学食の水餃子は普通の中身のものと、牛肉水餃子では値段がかなり違う。もちろん後者が高い。こちらは肉がとても高いのだ。牛肉水餃子を喰っていながら、支払いの時、安い「水餃子」を喰ったことにして、お金を正しく払っていないのであれば、申し訳ない気がした。しばらく歩いた後、やっぱり気になって店に戻り、「牛肉水餃子」が12元なのかと尋ねた。そしたら12元で良かったそうである。私としては、低く払っていれば申し訳ないと思ったのだが、お店の人には理解されないだろう。高く払ったんだったら返せ、みたいなずうずうしい人間に思われたにちがいない。

 

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日本に戻って最初のお昼は、イタリアンにしたいと思っていた。そのため、トマトソースがベースのパスタを食べた。かなりおいしかった。

 

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帰国後2日目のお昼ご飯は、長岡駅の改札内、待合室の隣のそば屋にて。かき揚げそばに生卵をトッピング。実はお昼に良いところがないかと思って、いったん改札を出て、駅前とか駅ビルとか、レストランを探したけれど、いまいち食べたい気持ちになるお店がなかった。そういうときは、たいてい、この駅そばを食べることになる。

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I left Kanto Plain in the early morning today. Getting on a train, I headed north.

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Terrain was becoming mountainous as the train moved north towards the end of Kanto Plain.

 

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The platform was thinly covered with snow.  As the train went north, snow depth increased.

 

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Having got through some long tunnels, the train was running in southern part of Niigata prefecture. This winter is warm, so there is not much snow on the ground and mountains.

 

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My hometown is on the lower land of Niigata Plain. Thanks to the low altitude and the record-warm winter, there is no snow on the ground. This is just a rural town under the dark cloud of winter.

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I am back in Japan.

 

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I went to Tokyo today.

 

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I thought  I was the only 5tupid who was taking photographs of Tokyo Station building. But it was surprising; many people were there to take photos of this old station building.

 

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JR Tokyo station is very big, but this Tokyo station of Tokyo Metro is a kind of small subway station. I went to Tokyo to pick up a rental WIFI rooter. Since my flight yesterday was so late in the night that I couldn’t get the rooter in the Narita airport.

 

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When I came back from Tokyo to the nearest station, it had already got dark.