Three covered shopping arcades snake out from Kokusai-dori, filled with shops specializing less in trinkets and more in tasty treats. Sample deep-fried doughnuts, leaf-wrapped mochi, and tropical fruit drinks on your way to the expansive market that awaits you at the first big intersection on Ichiba Chuo Street. Passing between outdoor fruit stalls into an unassuming doorway leads you to a carnival of delightful and grotesque butcher counters, fishmongers, and pickle sellers. Pig faces stare ghoulishly down from racks displaying every other part of the animal (including some you likely never thought anyone could eat). Multicolor shellfish, neon eels, and giant crustaceans are so shockingly exotic they seem like they were pinched from Churaumi Aquarium.
Naha, Okinawa, Japan