Wajima Morning Market
Rise early to catch hundreds of hawkers peddling ripe produce and caught-that-morning seafood. Spilling into Wajima’s pedestrianised side streets, Wajima Morning Market has been a thriving local hub for what’s believed to be more than 1,000 years. It’s said to have first started fruition in the Heian period (794–1185), when people would gather around the local shrine on festival days and barter for seafood and vegetables. Nowadays, the negotiations for dried cuttlefish, fish sauce and fermented foods ring out from morning until noon. Soak up the atmosphere and haggle with the octogenarian stall keepers. Our order? A piping-hot Ika no shiokara-pan, golden pastry globe filled with salted squid and mashed potato.