November 9, 2008

Tōji Temple Flea Market

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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.

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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..

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7 comments:

Brian said...

Mettch, I've been charmed by your blog (and its previous incarnation, Petits Plaisirs) for so long now that I finally feel compelled to drop a note. Food, fashion, architecture, photography, travel: all are dear topics made better by the wit, poise, and lovely, melancholy sense of playfulness you present them with. Well done. Keep it up.

mothersvea said...

It looks like an amazing fleamarket!

*jemima* said...

The flea market seems absolutely amazing! x

ryan manning said...

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Fruchtzwerg said...

I love your pictures and sharing with us your impressions of Japan.

Mettch said...

it really was amazing and i was kind of bummed i could not stay longer. i would had loved to buy some ceramics as well but i didnt find quite the right pieces.
@ brian, thank you so much for your kind words, they are highly appreciated!! it's always interesting to know who's reading out there -and i hope you will continue tuning in here in the future :)

onomatopoeia said...

that market looks great! I love what you picked up there, those old photographs are simply breathtaking