沖縄のニュースを全て英語でお伝えいたします。Okinawa News in English
Haisai Okinawa 英語ブログ - Okinawa Style Friendly, Makishi Market2009/08/19
In the center of Naha, Okinawa one of the most interesting markets in all Japan can be found. Makishi Market is one of the top tourist destinations for anyone visiting Naha and I would say for good reason.
When you enter from Kokusai Street the market fits into just about every stereotype from all the old Kung-fu, Samurai, or what ever Asian type movies you watched growing up. Yes there are dead things hanging from the roof and parts of animals that most people in the West through in the garbage being sold from meat counters. The best part is the unbelievable amount of colorful fish lying around in front of many of the vendors.
The hundreds of shop keepers working their individual stalls through out the market are also some of the friendliest people around. Unlike Tsukiji market in Tokyo where they complain about too many tourists the business owners at Makishi Market welcome visitors with open arms and a smile. Walking through the different meat lined aisles you will hear lots of broken English, Okinawan, and Japanese coming from the vendors telling you how delicious their products are.
When I last visited there I decided to try a variety of fish from one of the best salesmen I have ever met, he made me laugh so hard I had no choice but to buy something from him. We ended up getting a couple different fish, one blue and one red, but don’t ask me their names as I have no idea. We also picked up some live shell fish and a live lobster all for 5,000 yen.
The best part was the 5,000 yen included one of the restaurants upstairs from the market cooking and serving the melody of super fresh sea food to us. This system is one of the very unique features of the Makishi Market that I have never heard about anywhere else in Japan. Some of the fish was cooked and some was served as sashimi (raw thinly sliced fish). I typically like sushi and sashimi but I had a bit of a hard time eating some of the more tropical fish raw as they had a bit of a stronger taste than fish like salmon and tuna that come from colder waters. All and all it was a worth while experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone while in Okinawa.
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