Monday, November 22, 2010


In Hakodate we stayed in a hotel across the street from the morning fishmarket. At the local tourist information bureau adjacent to the JR Hakodate Station we (I) had asked if there were a hotel near the market. I wake up early (5-6AM) and the idea of walking across the street to a local morning market seemed more fun than reading in bed until 8AM. However I overslept until 6AM and when I looked out my hotel window I saw the market was already open.

Two pick-up trucks were already in place at 6 AM.

And at 6:10 AM there were people shopping. I quickly dressed and headed out.

People shopping and if you look in the background you can see the lower area of Mount Hakodate. We'd taken photos from the top the night before.

A local TV station was filming. Thank goodness it was fish not foreigners they were featuring this morning. I didn't look my best...

Stalls outside the market. Two of the men spoke to me in good English. And it was only 6:30 in the morning. I knew I should have put on some make-up.

Inside the market.

Vegetables were also for sale in the market. Is this the granny from My Neighbor Totoro?

What a variety.....all for sale.

Close up.

Fish and samples of condiments to go with them.

Close up.

Great marketing.....cooked crab legs with (fake) maple leaves.

Outside the back of the fishmarket. Look on the left hand side of the photo.......the restaurant where we had breakfast...

to be continued......


YTSL said...

Hi sbk --

Ooooo, yes, please re "to be continued"! :)

As for what you've already put up: interesting that you found people at the fish market who could speak excellent English. These were vendors, right? If so, why do you think they could speak excellent English? Are there (lots of) foreign traders and/or tourists there?

sbk said...

Hi ytsl,

Glad you liked this post. Will put up more soon.

To be honest the younger man's English was better than the older man's. Both started a conversation with me, "Where are you from?" I was so surprised I didn't think to ask where they learned American English and then they had customers to attend to. Maybe good English is a more fitting description.