Osechi: Shopping for Osechi Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market

This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series O-shogatsu Ryori

Japanese New Year’s Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa

Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場
At Kichisen, they start shopping for ingredients for osechi in July. Most all shopping is done at the Kyoto Central Wholesale Market. After ordering seafood, Kichisen master Tanigawa heads over to the vegetable section to purchase the finest Kyo-yasai, or Kyoto vegetables for his Japanese New Year’s Osechi. On the way back to Kichisen, we stop in at a favorite ramen shop for breakfast and I get a lesson on how to eat ramen properly.

Master Chef’s Daily Routine
We continue our visit to the Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen owner and master chef, Yoshimi Tanigawa. Part 1 is about morning prayers and selecting fish for osechi.

Kichisen Osechi: Searching the Kyoto Vegetable Section
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場

Kichisen Osechi: Kyoto Vegetable Section
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場

Kichisen Osechi: Tanigawa Chats with Vegetable Vendor
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場
In many shops, the kerosene stove is a popular destination for both staff and customers.

Kichisen Osechi:
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場

Kichisen Osechi: Kuwai
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場

Kichisen Osechi: Maru Daikon and Kintoki Ninjin Carrot
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場

Kichisen Osechi: Saya Ingen
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場

Kichisen Osechi: Ingen Mame
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場

Kichisen Osechi: Mini Daikon
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場

Kichisen Osechi:
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場

Kichisen Osechi: Rape Blossoms, Nanohana
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場

Kichisen Osechi: Red Turnip, Aka Kabura
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場

Kichisen Osechi: Turnip, Kabura
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場

Kichisen Osechi: Osechi Kyo-yasai, Ebi Imo
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場
The nine boxes in the center ar filled with ebi-imo, literally ‘shrimp potato’.

Kichisen Osechi: @Young Bamboo Shoot, Waka Takenoko
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場
Kichisen uses fresh, ‘winter bamboo shoots’ from Kyoto — we had never heard of these before.

Kichisen Osechi: Kyoto Fruit Section
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場

Kichisen Osechi: Dried Persimmons, Hoshigaki
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場
Dried persimmon are used in a New Year’s decoration called Kagami Mochi.

Kichisen Osechi: Kumquat, Kinkan
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場
Candied kumquat are an important feature of osechi.

Kichisen Osechi: Japanese Citrus, Yuzu
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場
Kichisen’s osechi has candied yuzu peel in it, which we had never heard of.

Ramen Breakfast
We stopped in at a ramen shop near Kyoto Station for breakfast and there I realized that I had been eating ramen ‘the wrong way’ all these years. I always mix everything up before I start eating, but Tanigawa told me that the best way to enjoy the variety of ingredients is from the middle of the bowl, pull up the noodles with whatever ingredients happen to be on top. Interesting.

Kichisen Osechi: Ramen Breakfast
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場

Kichisen Osechi: Ramen Breakfast
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場
I asked if it was alright to take his photo eating ramen, thinking that it might be scandalous.

Kichisen Osechi: Ramen Breakfast
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場

Back at Kichisen

Upon hearing the car horn while we passed by on the other side of the street, the students rush out and assemble to unload and clean the vehicle.

Kichisen Osechi: Unloading
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場

Kichisen Osechi: Unloading
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場

Kichisen Osechi: Unloading
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場
If you look down into the basement garage you can see the master’s punching bag and red Ferrari.

Kichisen Osechi: Unloading and Accounting
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場

Kichisen Osechi: Unloading and Accounting
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場

Kichisen Osechi: Unloading and Accounting
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場

Kichisen Osechi: Unloading and Accounting – Kumquats
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場
These will go into osechi, they were ordered from southern Japan. The kumquats having the green leaves still attached is essential for osechi.

Kichisen Osechi: Unloading – Kyoto Ice
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場

Kichisen Osechi: Unloading – Live Eels
Japanese New Year's Osechi Ryori: Shopping for Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market with Kichisen Owner Yoshimi Tanigawa 京都吉泉・谷河吉巳 おせち料理 京都市中央卸売市場
These eels will be cooked for Tanigawa’s aging dogs.

4 Responses to “Osechi: Shopping for Osechi Vegetables at Kyoto Wholesale Food Market”

  1. Mora says:

    Thanks for this wonderful on-going story about Tanigawa’s osechi. It is fascinating to see behind the scenes with each step. Loved the tidbit about the aging dogs getting cooked eels. If you can, would you explain about the Kyoto ice. It is perfect in the photograph. How does Tanigawa use it?

    Keep up the great work. There is always something new for me to learn with each posting.

    Happy New Year to all of you at Kyoto Foodie!

  2. Peko-P says:

    Hello Mora, thanks so much for the encouragement! About the ice, wait a few more days please. We have a really great photo of Kichisen’s Crab Amid the Snow dish that says it all! Peko-P

  3. Gavin says:

    Thanks again for this series! I was just wondering what “Kuwai” is? I tried to look it up but I have never seen this type of food before.

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