Takayama riverside market

Some quirky stuff at a riverside fair in Takayama

A riverside fair in Takayama at the fringes of the autumn festival

A riverside market in Takayama at the fringes of the autumn festival

One place that I really love exploring even local or in countries abroad are markets and fairs. You get a feel of the people’s culture, what they eat, what food and stuff they sell, what’s available locally and when we were in Takayama for the Hachiman Festival (Autuman Festival), we stumbled upon a temporary riverside fair.

It’s not really that big. A narrow stretch of road and bounded by two bridges mark this area. The stalls were also temporary, metal frames covered with plastic or cloth and local goods from fruits to vegetables, from decors to sweets, from practical things to knick-knacks. But it was interesting. There were different kinds of corn types in different colors. What looks like pumpkins in different shapes.

There were foodstuff from the usual rice based delicacies to hotdogs, fishballs and the like. Temperate flowers in pots were in bloom, paper balloons in the form of circus balls, puffer fish and beetles were being sold. Insect origamis, even those very small ones were there. Fruits in season, usually those that I can see in supermarkets back home.

The river was also a great landscape with all those ducks and large fish that one often see in movies and people feeding them or sitting by the riverside. Actually kind of surreal. You see these scenes from Japanese animes or movies or riverside scenes from European or American ones than you see it in real life.

I got fascinated.

Pumpkin? Squash? And the like.

Pumpkin? Squash? And the like.

The riverside scene is beautiful with all those ducks and large orange fish (carps?). And very clean too!

The riverside scene is beautiful with all those ducks and large orange fish (carps?). And very clean too!

One of the shopkeepers preparing this one, later a local delicacy made from rice flour

One of the shopkeepers preparing this one, later a local delicacy made from rice flour

Colorful, beautiful temperate flowers

Colorful, beautiful temperate flowers

Another stall selling vegetables and stuff

Another stall selling vegetables and stuff

Portable stalls covered with plastic and cloth for this woman who sells some foodstuff

Portable stalls covered with plastic and cloth for this woman who sells some foodstuff

Quirky products that caught my attention, clockwise from top left: decorative stuffed fish, different kinds of corn, insect origami and paper balloons resembling fish

Quirky products that caught my attention, clockwise from top left: decorative stuffed fish, different kinds of corn, insect origami and paper balloons resembling fish

Thanx to Cebu Pacific Air for this trip!

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Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

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  1. Estan Cabigas (@EstanCabigas)
    March 19, 2016 @ 22:39

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