Setagaya Boroichi: The Grand Pooh-bah Of All Flea Markets
I’d heard about the Boroichi Flea Market for ages, but never made it to one until today. Yikes, it filled every street and alleyway for BLOCKS! In classic flea market style, there was loads of crap studded liberally with actual finds, but I think I can pretty much guarantee that somewhere within this maze you can satisfy your burning desire for…
Not to mention retro toys, politically incorrect fur things, little plants that will certainly die when you forget to water them, gas masks, homemade pickles, antique pruning saws, helium-filled beetles, obi cords, lucky cat teacups, gooey rice cakes on a stick, wooden abacuses, cheap puffy jackets, drinking gourds, and much, much more.
The Setagaya Boroichi Market is every January 15-16 (so there’s still time for you to go tomorrow, if you’re reading this promptly!) and if you miss it this time, they have another one December 15-16, just in time for holiday shopping. Admission is free, and it’s open from 9:00 – 21:00. If you’d like to go the next time you’re in Japan, a map is on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.
Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, now out for the first time in paperback.