November 9, 2008
Tōji Temple Flea Market
I just love flea markets! My grandmother had a strong weakness for them and always dragged me along and I guess that managed to rub off on me. I love the thought of buying old things that already have a history. Obviously I had to go when I completely by coincidence found out that Japan's oldest flea market (and one of the largest) takes place on the 21st of every month by the Tōji temple in Kyoto. Unfortunately we had to catch a train to Osaka but I did manage to squeeze in more than an hour (I think I could have spent half a day there, though). Not only could you buy old things like furniture, ceramics, clothes.. there was also food, tools, fabrics.. Highly fascinating and definitely recommendable should you ever happen to be in Kyoto on the 21st of a month.
And this is what I managed to pick up.. Of course at heavy overprice but to my defense I must say that bargaining in Japanese is not really my thing.. (All I managed to learn was the most essential.. Konichiwa (hello), arrigato (thanks), cohi kudasai (coffee, please)).. I bought a children's kimono (or I guess it actually is a yukata? - same genre, less formal) and some old photos..