Do you have a keen eye for antiques?
If so, save the date for the Setagaya Boroichi Fair on the 15th and 16th of January, where you can find a wide variety of antiques, arts and crafts, interior decorations, fashion items, books, plants and more!
Caption: Old chisels and intricate artwork found at the fair.
The fair originally started as a flea market for the farmers around 1570s, where they exchanged used farming clothes. As most of them were old and raggedy – colloquially called “boro boro” – people started calling it a Boroichi, the name we still use today even though the items on sale are more presentable.
During its peak, there were around two thousand stalls lining up right next to each other, providing not only everyday items but also food and entertainment. Today, about 700 stalls display their treasures, some centuries old, others unknown.
Caption: Streets are packed with people trying to find one of a kind items.
You don’t have to be the expert of antiques to enjoy this fair. Just stroll down the street and see what people have in store. A plethora of random items will give you a glimpse into Japanese history and nostalgia.
Caption: Plants and Bonsai are popular items sold at the Boroichi fair.
Caption: How about a Manekineko for a souvenir?
Caption: Freshly made sweets and snacks, perfect for snacking on as you shop!
Though the fair is held in a quiet suburb of Setagaya ward, it attracts approximately 200,000 visitors every year. The number alone is a enough testament for a visit, right? If you are fed up with the latest and greatest of what Japan has to offer, visit Boroichi for a change. You might find it very refreshing.
To get to the fair, hop on a cute tram called the Setagaya line and get off at Kamimachi Station. I suggest getting there early so you can have a better look at the treasures from the past and perhaps keep some for yourself. Enjoy!
Date: Jan. 15th & 16th
Hours: 9am to 8pm
Access: Setagaya Line Kamimachi Station