Sat, Oct
23

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.

October 23: Nakano Central Park
October 24: Nakano Central Park and Parco, Kichijoji
October 31: Koganei Park and Parco, Kichijoji

November 3: Gotanda TOC
November 7: Parco, Kichijoji
November 14: Parco, Kichijoji
November 20-21: Nakano Central Park and November 21 at Parco, Kichijoji
November 28: Parco, Kichijoji

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many events have been canceled. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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