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#OsakaLocalMarket – #Kuromon Ichiba Market #黒門市場

Osaka 黒門市場 Kuromon Ichiba Market

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This is one of the oldest fresh food markets in Osaka and still running.

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History goes back at least 170 years. Local Japanese comes here not just for fresh fish but 刺身 Sashimi-grade fish and meat.

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This tofu and soy bean products shop 黒門ふる里の香り KM OKLife Mag 1399 - 05 Tofu Shop - 800 pxis in their 3rd generation running and still going strong!

Apart from fish, meat and vegetables this market sells household items catering to a one-stop-shopping for housewives

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Mr. Takamasa Haraguchi from 39有田 – THREE RIVERS㈱ Company demonstrating a unique Japanese invention “Cera Filter

Most shops have kept to their tradition but with the increase of in-bound foreign tourism黒門市場 is fast turning into a mini street food venue. More and more shop are not just selling fresh seafood anymore but putting up tables and chairs, creating eating space for on-the-spot grilled seafood.

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Be informed year end especially December 31 is the most jam pack time! Local Japanese celebrate New Year on 1st January and would head to 黒門市場 to get their seasonal products. Plus the peak tourist season, everybody is squeezed shoulder-to-shoulder.

David Z

City Life, Explore and Discover, Food, People, Photography

Visual Communications

Japan tourism ministry had tried ways and means to attract more tourists with hope and expectations to cash in on the tourist dollars many other nations are competing for.

But there have been long standing issues with free WIFI and language.

Japan is one of the few or last monolingual nation.

Majority of the 127 million residents don’t speak English!

A lot of the young people know English but they may not speak it!

Somebody did come up with ingenious ways to communicate.

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David Z