A brief walk through the five-block Nishiki Market in Kyoto, Japan, is a life-changing experience. Amid the knives and noodle shops is a seemingly endless array of vibrant vegetables, ones that have blessed very few American palettes. You could eat a different mushroom every day for a decade without repetition — and the number of pickled mysteries on display could take a lifetime to decipher. If you lack the time or money for a trip overseas, the Japanese American National Museum is here to help with a Japanese-veggie-focused tour right here in our own backyard. Edible Adventures in Little Tokyo, a “vegetarian walking tour,” will focus on the tumultuous history of Japanese produce farmers and the role their products played in Little Tokyo's homes and restaurants. After the four-hour tour, you'll surely be wondering why you don't put konnyaku jelly on everything. Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave., Little Tokyo; Sat., Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; $45 members, $55 nonmembers; resv. required. (213) 625-0414, janm.org.

Sat., Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 2013

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