August Seasonal Japanese Vegetables


August is when the gardens are overflowing. Look for these vegetables when dining out. Edamame at beer gardens, vegetables in bento at depachika, and in the supermarket. One of my favorite shops at depachika for inspiration on Japanese vegetables is RF1. It is located in most depachika and is a deli with a wide variety of dishes that incorporate a cornucopia of vegetables.

Edamame 枝豆

Tomato トマト

Nasu 茄子 eggplant

Shin shouga 新しょうが new ginger

Papurika パプリカ bell pepper

Pi-man ピーマン Japanese green bell pepper

Tougarashi 唐辛子 green pepper

Zucchini ズッキニ

Chingensai ちんげん菜 bok choy

Kyuuri きゅうり cucumber

Saya ingen さやいんげん green beans

Tougan 冬瓜 winter squash

Kinshi uri 金糸瓜 spaghetti squash

Nigauri にがうり bitter melon

Okra オクラ

Tsuru murasaki つるむらさき Malabar spinach

Zuiki ズイキ taro stems

Myoga みょうが

Tomorokoshi ともろこし corn

Ninniku にんにく garlic

Takahara Kyabettsu 高原キャベッツ Takahara cabbage

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Elyse says:

    I love these posts on seasonal vegetables, but can only seem to find Jan, Feb and August. Are there any others? They really are just what I have been looking for. Thank you!

    1. Thanks for your kind words. We save some things for our book, Food Sake Tokyo. Do you have a copy? It’s available around the world on Amazon. Or, if you ever come to Tokyo we offer tours of the local markets and could create a sheet for when you are in town. Cheers, Yukari

      1. Elyse says:

        Thanks Yukari. Actually, I live in Tokyo – which is why I am interested in eating seasonally in Japan. I shall look for the book. Kind regards. Elyse

  2. Arigato Elyse. Kinokuniya at Takashimaya Times Square in Shinjuku is supposed to keep the book in stock, or on Amazon. The book is updated on our blog. Hope our paths cross at some point. Cheers, Yukari

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