Murasaki imo sweet potatoes are such a beautiful colour I didn't think they needed much talking up. But just in case I'm short on polyphenol intake from wine and chocolate it's handy to know I can antioxidize with anthocyanins if I make purple potato potage with these.
This market stall has an aversion to any common or garden vegetables...
They have string aubergines but not string beans ... .... and are the white 'silk' aubergines really called Caspar after the ghost?
Most people, including me usually, escape the heat and head to anywhere less humid in August but then you miss some of the best summer festivals. For the 3 days of our bonbori festival, lanterns painted by schoolkids are hung along the street.
This year, the World Cup and Michael Jackson inspired a few..
...but most kids stuck to their usual favourite summer themes, like chasing stag beetles up trees ...
... chomping into watermelon
...and going to the beach with friends to watch fireworks
I'm guessing Koutarou's Papa didn't mind being depicted as bog-eyed in blue but I wonder how Mama felt about being immortalised as a cross between a crab and a squashed tomato.
There's always an homage to kakigori shaved ice - this one with a line of ants on the long march to a slice of watermelon. So summer.