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いらっしゃいませ (welcome)

When the Dobashi market closed its doors it was as if Japantown had lost a friend. Though there are a few gift shops that carry Kimonos, manga, anime, origami paper, martial arts gear, and ceramics, and there are some good Asian Pacific restaurants, Japantown was missing the feel of community that a good market can bring. Then one afternoon I saw a notice on the door indicating that a new market would open, but didn’t mention the what and when. Today was finally the Grand Opening of the Nijiya Market and I did need a few things so I thought I would stop by.


Japantown is located near downtown San José in the Jackson and Taylor neighborhood between 1st and 7th Streets. I imagined that there would be a crowd, but I was surprised when I saw the line on Jackson Street stretching from the market to the end of the block. At the door customers were being allowed in only a few at a time. It didn’t look as though I would be bringing home any Daikon (Radishes), or anything else from the Nijiya Market on this day.

A band called “System 9” was playing with great energy, and I always come away from Japantown with a good feeling, so not all was lost. The Nijiya Market will be high on my to do list.

Mako, the manager was able to stop just long enough for a photo.

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