Setagaya Boroichi, the most legendary flea market in Tokyo

The Setagaya Boroichi is the grand old lady of Tokyo flea markets. It’s so ancient and so revered, in fact, it holds Intangible Cultural Treasure status! On December 15-16 and again on January 15-16, it fills every street and alleyway for BLOCKS In classic style, there is loads of crap studded liberally with actual finds. This fleaContinue reading “Setagaya Boroichi, the most legendary flea market in Tokyo”

Tokyo’s best-kept shopping secrets: The Shimojima gift, paper & packaging emporium

I used to drag everyone who came to visit me to Ito-ya, the legendary 9-floor stationery shop in Ginza. But when they renovated and got rid of 90% of their merchandise, turning it into an over-designed boutique selling expensive stuff nobody needs, I had to fill the aching hole in my heart with a newContinue reading “Tokyo’s best-kept shopping secrets: The Shimojima gift, paper & packaging emporium”

Gachapon hunt! Where to find the best capsule toy vending machines in Tokyo

If you aren’t dashing from the plane to feed all your hundred yen coins into gachapon vending machines, you should be! And if you have to ask  why… You can only get them in Japan, and every series is a limited edition. Once they’re sold out, they’re gone forever. But the best part is, they onlyContinue reading “Gachapon hunt! Where to find the best capsule toy vending machines in Tokyo”