Here are some of the things we saw for sale this weekend.
On the old Castle Road in Hikone, we saw daikon:
We also saw kombu (a kind of seaweed):
It seems like whenever I have a mysterious food in my bento, and I ask a Japanese person what it is, they say, "it's a kind of seaweed." And here I am telling you that same thing. I also heard a story about kombu from my friend V, whose wife wife H. works in a kindergarten. One of the little girls there brings a piece of kombu every day for her snack. I think this might be why Japanese girls are so skinny.
And knives, sold by this interesting guy. See the pile of money to his left? See the partial cabbages to his right? See the pile of wood chips he's whacked off of sticks?
And more. But we didn't take pictures of the rest.