Another local market reopens in Japan

This just in from Andrew Harvey – this is good news about the market, but still sad news about the fish dealers.

Sunday market reopens in tsunami-hit Kesennuma

Residents of Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, have enjoyed shopping at a local market that reopened on Sunday, more than one month after a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the city.

Around 30 shops, less than half the pre-disaster number, sold vegetables and dried marine products to regular customers who came to the market early in the morning.

The market had been open every Sunday for the past 37 years near Kesennuma Port, the center of the local fishing industry. But the tsunami swept it away.

The new market is about 2 kilometers from the old one.

Fish dealers from Hakodate in Hokkaido, northern Japan, came to celebrate the reopening of the market and gave away crabs to shoppers.

One shopper said residents had awaited reopening of the market as the first step toward reconstruction.

The vendors’ group says it still plans to hold the market every Sunday.

A member of the group says fish dealers are unlikely to return to the market for some time, but the group wants to cheer up local residents by resuming business.

Sunday, April 17, 2011 16:23 +0900 (JST)
Photo – from NHK World TV