The next place I went, on my second day in Japan was to the Toji flea market at Tenryuji Temple.
My camera battery died, so I am grateful for the photographers at Flikr who allow use of their photos.
Don’t you love the search for a bargain?
It’s a joy to me to quickly scan the offerings, looking for ‘gold’. I was not prepared for the size of this market. It was huge. First off, I found a stand with fabrics. Fabric, stationery and art all turn me on.
Much of the fabric offered, is similar to what is available in the US. So, I headed for used kimonos and Japanese fabrics. It’s a good place for that and used kimonos are duty free.
I loved looking at Japanese pottery and antique items.
I wish I saw these little lanterns. My husband collects them for the garden.
Having to transport purchases home rules out getting any heavy items. At many business establishments, they will ship your purchases to either the airport or back to the states; but they don’t ship here from the flea market.
It is a good place to get tea. When I went to France, it seemed to me that even the cheapest red wine tasted great. My experience has been that green tea in Japan all tastes excellent to me. I bring home lots of loose tea. At one stand, I asked if they had any decaffeinated tea, (for evening drinking). No one at the stand spoke English. One man with twinkling eyes, pointed to a green package and popped his eyes open, extra wide. Then he pointed to an orange colored bag and folded his hands under his cheek and closed his eyes as if asleep.
I laughed and took one of each package.
I found an old wooden abacus, but the seller was asleep. I told myself IF it cost 500 yen or less and IF the item was still there when I was leaving I would buy it.
Here it is. It came home with me. I like these for the grandchildren.
There are many food vendors too. I bought some chicken on a stick.
It was fun to try on some clothes. I found a knitted shawl I liked. Most Japanese clothes are small for me.
Last trip to Japan, I wanted a wooden covered circular box that they have in the ryokans. It holds everything you need to make your tea except the hot water. The rooms have a water heater of some type or they give you a vacuum pot of hot water.
I was so happy to find this one.
What is your favorite bargain that you’ve found?
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