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Tokyo Short Trip vol.07 Tokyo Short Trip vol.07

Eat your way through NerimaEat your way through Nerima

It's not something you might think about everyday, but, of Tokyo's 23 wards, Nerima has the most farmland. The numerous fields and greenhouses nestled amongst the vast metropolitan landscape is a rare find anywhere in the world. So, unbeknownst to many, Nerima is Tokyo's heartland and, because what is happening there, will continue to figure as an important enclave of urban growers for years to come.

Toretatemura ShakujiiToretatemura Shakujii

A wide variety of fresh produce and cut flowers at a cheerful farmers market just a short ways from the green-rich landscape of Shakujii Park A wide variety of fresh produce and cut flowers at a cheerful farmers market just a short ways from the green-rich landscape of Shakujii Park A wide variety of fresh produce and cut flowers at a cheerful farmers market just a short ways from the green-rich landscape of Shakujii Park

Arriving every morning bright and early, veggies don't come any fresher than this! This must-see farmers market gathers produce from across Nerima, the horn of plenty that has proudly satiated the palates of Tokyo for ages. And, because many growers ship here, there is a wide variety of vegetables to choose from, including Nerima's signature cabbage that you can get in season not once but twice a year -- in June and November! You should also check out the great souvenirs made from what grows locally! For starters, there are some flavorful dressings blended with "Edo Tokyo Vegetables" like Nerima daikon and Shimura early daikon, that go perfect with salads or meats! And, for you beer connoisseurs, there is Kaneko Golden Beer, brewed from the first hops grown in Japan specifically for brewing. Because the beer is crafted to ferment in the bottle like champaign, the refreshing hoppy flavor tastes like fruit that has been aged 3 - 5 years just a few months after bottling.

Toretatemura Shakujii
Tel03-3995-3132
Address5-11-7 Shakujiimachi, Nerima Ward, Tokyo
Business hours9:00-16:30
HolidayPublic holidays
AccessAbout 5 minutes by bus from Shakujii-koen Station
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BoncourageBoncourage

For a healthy body and mind, a bistro run by a vegetable sommelier with a penchant for seasonal produce For a healthy body and mind, a bistro run by a vegetable sommelier with a penchant for seasonal produce For a healthy body and mind, a bistro run by a vegetable sommelier with a penchant for seasonal produce

This is your go-to restaurant if you are looking to try the Vegetables of the earth grown in Nerima. With their contracted growers located just a 5-minute drive away, the veggies they have are so amazingly fresh and tasty that they even serve varieties that normally are not eaten raw. Everything looks shiny, crisp and colorful, and, believe it or not, they get over 100 kinds of vegetables a year! The added treat, of course, is that you can try a diversity of produce and dishes as their menu is seasonal, daily and prepared so that what was delivered today tastes its best. This is one bistro where you can taste the passionate efforts of the growers behind the kitchen.

Boncourage
Tel03-6915-8822
Address1-6-18 Nerima, Nerima-ku, Tokyo
ComfortⅢ2F
Business hours11:30-14:30(LO13:30)/
17:00-23:00(LO22:00)
HolidayNone
Access1 minute on foot from Nerima Station
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Nishikai farm
Contracted grower for Bon Courage

Passionate about the variety of vegetables they grow, the Nishikai family has been farming the land in Nerima for generations. But, they pride themselves on outdoor cultivation. They even grow tomatoes under the sun when the weather is right. In order to pass the urban farming legacy of Nerima to the next generation, Nishikai farm stages events, sells at farmers markets and proactively promotes their business.
Sanmata liquor storeSanmata liquor store

The fruity fragrance of fresh strawberries in The fruity fragrance of fresh strawberries in The fruity fragrance of fresh strawberries in "Ichigo Ichi-e", a low-malt beer brewed by a neighborhood liquor store from strawberries grown in Nerima

When strawberries are in season, Sekiguchi Ichigo Farm in Oizumi, Nerima is crowded with people. Their strawberries are so sought-after that, for days in a row, the early morning pickings sell out before noon. One destination for the prized strawberries they harvest is a low-malt beer known as "Ichigo Ichi-e", a clever play off the phonetically identical expression for "once in a lifetime" but using the kanji for strawberry, pronounced ichigo. Brewed annually from fresh strawberries picked that year, the first batch is released in February and sold while supplies last, so it is available for a limited time only. You probably figure that it tastes sweet, but it has a hoppy bouquet and richness that beer-lovers will find pleasing and finishes off by permeating your olfactory sensors with a fragrance true to Tochiotome strawberries. Nothing tastes quite like it.

Sanmata liquor store
Tel03-3922-5013
Address1-33-11 Higashi Oizumi, Nerima-ku, Tokyo
Business hours10:00-20:00
(Sundays and public holidays 11: 00-19: 00)
HolidayIrregular Holidays
Access3 minutes on foot from Oizumi-gakuen Station
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Onkashi-Tsukasa KimurayaOnkashi-Tsukasa Kimuraya

Japanese confectioner founded 120 years ago
Perfect souvenirs: Local specialties and sweets made from Nerima's signature radishes Japanese confectioner founded 120 years ago
Perfect souvenirs: Local specialties and sweets made from Nerima's signature radishes Japanese confectioner founded 120 years ago Perfect souvenirs: Local specialties and sweets made from Nerima's signature radishes

Things aren't always what they seem to be! That's how I would describe the metamorphosis of Nerima's signature radish into an adorable confectionary. Carefully molded to look like a real radish, this sweet grates the prized root into the chewy white rice dough stuffed with bean jam, and uses the actual leaves to replicate the green stem. It comes with a few takuwan cookies that look like pickled versions of the radish and is playfully packaged in a traditional lunchbox with rounded ends. Another interesting treat made with locally grown radish is their bean-jam-filled monaka wafers. You sandwich the bean jam between the wafer halves, so it tastes, smells and chews like it was freshly made! And, the contrast between the crispy fragrant wafers and the thick jam with whole beans is an epicurean delight.

Onkashi-Tsukasa Kimuraya
Tel03-3999-8671
Address2-18-13 Fujimidai, Nerima-ku, Tokyo
Business hours9:00-19:00
HolidayTuesdays
Access5 minutes on foot from Fujimidai Station
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Here’s another Tokyo short trip
Eat your way through Nerima

I just visited Nerima City where urban farming is connecting people with agriculture.

I invite you to explore the bright side of farming by trying the foods and sweets made from locally grown produce in Nerima.

Previous issues

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    vol.15 Connect to the making of your food like never before!

  • vol.14 The freshest and tastiest vegetables in town!

    vol.14 The freshest and tastiest vegetables in town!

  • vol.13 Exploring Tachikawa City

    vol.13 Exploring Tachikawa City

  • vol.12 FISHING IN TOKYO BAY

    vol.12 FISHING IN TOKYO BAY

  • vol.11 Discovering Tokyo-Grown Produce on a Girl’s Day-Off

    vol.11 Discovering Tokyo-Grown Produce on a Girl’s Day-Off

  • vol.10 Toyosu, the Seas Off Tokyo and Food in Japan

    vol.10 Toyosu, the Seas Off Tokyo and Food in Japan

  • vol.9 Encounter with the "Japan" in Tokyo

    vol.9 Encounter with the "Japan" in Tokyo

  • vol.7 Nerima

    vol.7 Nerima

  • vol.8 Walking around the Kiba - Shinkiba area

    vol.8 Walking around the Kiba - Shinkiba area

  • vol.6 Fuchu & Chofu

    vol.6 Fuchu & Chofu

  • vol.5 Journey around the goldfish town

    vol.5 Journey around the goldfish town

  • vol.4 Izu Island / Miyakejima

    vol.4 Izu Island / Miyakejima

  • vol.3 Izu Islands / Hachijojima

    vol.3 Izu Islands / Hachijojima

  • vol.2 Okutama

    vol.2 Okutama

  • vol.1 Tokyo’s ingredients eat around tour

    vol.1 Tokyo’s ingredients eat around tour

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