Sep 26
~
Sep 27

Mottainai Flea Market

10:00am – 4:00pm
Free

As the name suggests, this little market is all about reducing waste and wastefulness—the perfect antidote to Tokyo’s shop-till-you-drop culture. It’s a good place to pick up snazzy secondhand clothes for cheap-cheap, as well as DVDs, CDs (remember those?), books and other odds and ends.

Mostly private sellers lay out there wares on a tarp for inspection, and bargaining is definitely part of the game. Depending whether they have sold enough or have just had enough of selling, things usually wrap up earlier than the announced 4pm closing time. Most of the venues have restaurants and bars around for a well-deserved break after shopping.

The market moves around Tokyo, sometimes even over the same weekend. Check the location below. The time is usually 10am-4pm, give or take an hour or two.

September 26-27: Nakano Central Park
October 11: Kichijoji Parco
October 17-18: Nakano Central Park
November 1: Kichijoji Parco
November 22: Kichijoji Parco

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    Nov 8

    Halloween Night in the Forest

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    5:00pm – 8:30pm
    ¥450 (on the door)
  • Oct 3
    ~
    Oct 4

    M Festival

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    ~
    Oct 10

    20,169 Step Up Challenge

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  • Oct 1
    ~
    Oct 31

    Kawasaki Halloween Parade 2020

    Online

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    ~
    Sep 27

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    ~
    Sep 27

    Fiesta Mexicana

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    ~
    Sep 27

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