Japan is renowned for its seafood, particularly fresh seafood, and seafood markets are common throughout the country. Returning from a New Year’s trip cut short by bad weather, I discovered a seafood market on a coastal highway in Toba City, Mie Prefecture. As in almost any market, I noticed many compositions of color and pattern. One was this display of packages of sazae (horned turban shell) shellfish.
Also memorable, like many such markets, was a corner shop that served seafood cuisine. Although lacking many of the basic amenities you would expect of most restaurants, the dishes offered were wonderfully delicious.

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