Mottainai Flea Market

16th Nov–17th Nov, 2019 10:00am – 4:00pm
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The Mottainai Flea Market is focused on reducing and reusing for the sake of the environment. | Photo by Dave Hill used under CC

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.

November 16th: Nakano Central Park, 10:00 – 16:00
November 17th: Kichijoji Parco, 9:30 – 14:00 and Nakano Central Park, 10:00 – 16:00
November 24th: Kichijoji Parco, 9:30 – 14:00

December 1st: Kichijoji Parco, 9:30 – 14:00
December 15th: Ikebukuro Sunshine City Hall B, 10:00 – 16:00

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