Wednesday, August 1, 2012

farmers market

These past couple weeks have been brutally hot here in Japan. Someone in Russia please send some cool winds my way! Many residential buildings, including our building, are not air conditioned in this area. AC really isn't required but for about a month every summer - it is unbearable. Everyone on the streets is walking with personal fans. I caved and bought mine at the drugstore. It is just too hot! Still waiting on our things and working with limited technology. Hopefully only another week or two to go. Until then I wanted to share this pretty garden at my local organic farmers market.

 I loved the verbena and lavender. They were in the process of replacing the center tree while we were there so you'll just have to visualize it entirely green...


This is not like any American market! They have a beautiful restaurant where the chef prepares whatever has come into market that day. But my absolute favorites are greenhouses of fresh strawberries, bananas, papayas and mangoes.They had the prettiest sitting area in the banana greenhouse.





And I'm a sucker for their petting zoo. The local children were so interested in feeding the goats, lambs, bunnies and this mini horse. And in case you are wondering, that's what it looks like when you drop an entire head of cabbage into a pen full of rabbits - whoops...


4 comments :

Parnassus said...

That looks like my idea of Japan, everything so clean and orderly, and cute animals close at hand.

However, although I don't know much about the care of horses, or what the entire area looked like, the horse you show seems uncomfortably confined to me.

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

I am enjoying all your posts on Japan, Ann. I think Japanese gardens and floral pieces are very artistic and beautiful. I am not familiar with the nurseries, though....thought they would all be quite small.

the poor sophisticate said...

You can take our cold weather! love your posts of Japan!
-Molly

Ann said...

Hi P., absolutely the pony has more room. Illogically horses never go into the nice green paddock, they just want to stand in the dirt by the barn... :)

Thanks Loi and Molly, I'm so glad I can share it with you. Also, I forgot to note the adorable bench with the trunk base in one of the photos. I love it, very natural aesthetic. Surprisingly, Loi, the nursery here is quite huge! the strawberry greenhouse goes on and on and on. I thought there wouldn't be much agriculture but I was very wrong! I had only been to Tokyo and Kyoto before moving here, but much of Japan is rural really.