May 19, 2009

Blooming Artichokes

The Aoyama Flower Market shop adjacent to Shibuya station sells artichoke flowers. The flowers are unexpectedly beautiful, like giant thistles, but the surprise of seeing one may be lost on Japanese people. I can count on one finger the times I've seen artichokes being sold in a supermarket, and I've yet to see them served in restaurants.

The photo is too blurry to make out, but I'm trying to figure out whether it costs 9,450 yen ($98 US dollars) for a single stalk or for the whole bucket.

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