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Tokyo’s Flea Market Fun

May 08, 2017
Tokyo Nomi no Ichi Antique Market

You don’t know a city until you’ve experienced its flea markets. From El Rastro in Madrid to Portobello Market in London, the Izmailovsky Market in Moscow and Clignancourt in Paris, these are your go-to spots to source soulful antiques, local retro fashion, and quirky vintage pieces.


At Tokyo Nomi no Ichi Antique Market you can rummage for everything from furny and old books and magazines to vintage clothing at this massive flea market, featuring hundreds of vendors from all over Japan. It’s held just twice yearly at Chofu’s Velodrome, the Tokyo Oval Keiokaku, an arena originally built in 1942 and usually host to keirin and other cycling races. Its spring edition is on the weekend of 13 to 14 May 2017, with a small entry fee (¥500, but children aged 12 and under get in free).


Covetable and curious items include cameras, pattern-pretty ceramic tableware, glass bottles, kitchen kit, cutlery, metal chairs, baskets, Japanese porcelain bowls, and old-fashioned toys. There are also live music acts, workshops, performances, a Nordic Market (selling fabrics and knickknacks) and open-air cafes, dispensing much-needed coffee and cupcakes to help you refuel after all that sharp-elbowed shopping. Wrap up warm and bring generous tote bags in case you want to lug away a shop mannequin, old-school scooter, clock or shoe last. Then again, you could always pick up a heritage suitcase or trunk at the fair…


13-14 May, 2017.


Tokyo Nomi no Ichi Antique Market / 4-31-1 Tamagawa / Chofu-shi / 9.30am-6pm Sat, 9am-5pm Sun /


Photos © Lerner Vadim /