Mottainai Flea Market

25th Jan–26th Jan, 2020 9:00am – 3:00pm
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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.

January 25th 2020: Shinjuku Chuo Park, 09:00-15:00
January 26th 2020: Kiba park, 09:00 – 15:00.
February 23rd 2020: Koganei Park, 09:00-15:00
March 8th 2020: Toshimaen, 10:00-16:00
March 29th 2020: Kiba Park, 08:00-15:00

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