Kameido Tenjin Shrine will be holding its most renown ritual—Usokae—again this year, as it has for the past two centuries. The ritual centers around a bullfinch, a type of bird associated with bringing luck. Wooden bullfinch figurines acquired last year are exchanged for new ones, which will renew blessings of luck, happiness and prosperity for the upcoming year. If you’re looking for a traditional and uniquely Japanese way to “ring out the old, ring in the new,” this is a good place to start.
Think second-hand kimonos, ceramics and other small trinkets. This is a good place to find stylish stuff and unusual souvenirs from Japan. Try to arrive early as both the market itself and the surrounding Yurakucho area with its many cafes […]
The Ark Hills antique market is much classier compared to some of Tokyo’s usual fairs. In addition to the amazing finds you can usually dig up at a flea market like jewelry and home goods, you can also find stylish […]
Step into Japan’s largest creator’s festival “Handmade in Japan Fes”. Over 3000 creators from across Japan (usually there are also creators from Taiwan and Hong Kong too, but we’ll see abou that) will have their creations on display. This year’s […]