As much as I love strolling through flea markets, winter is a challenging season for me to do so. Everything feels more difficult in winter, takes more time, more energy, don’t you think so? Last Sunday though I was determined to get into my boots for a 30 minute train ride and 25 minute walk to the Naritasankawagoebets
There had been snowfalls in the Kanto area that week, and as you can see from the pictures, “measures” have been taken to clear the pavement of the temple and make space for the stands. The weather was cold and glum but that giant mound of snow left there with its bulldozer made for an interesting sight to say the least.
This was my first visit to the Kawagoe Antique Fair. The event is held every 28 of the month, no matter on which day of the week it falls. Since it is an antique fair and not a flea market per se I didn’t have much expectations to find anything there, but it turned out to be a good field trip.
Snow? Yea, so what? …
Interestingly, a lot of flea markets in Japan are held at temples and shrines, which I think make excellent frames for antiques and vintage stands.
One of the most popular items at this market was vintage shibori textile. If I knew how to sew I would probably buy bags full of shibori and make myself cupboard loads of shibori clothes and items of all kinds. Some of those were just breathtakingly beautiful.
This is probably a cherry tree that still bears a few autumn leaves. Hmmm…. spring isn’t around the corner just as yet is it.
Even though I wasn’t looking for anything in particular I didn’t come back empty handed. I couldn’t curb my box addiction and got myself this wonderful wooden box with koi carp, in excellent condition.
From the same vendor, pricey but well worth it I think, those very unique hand painted flower cards from the Meiji era (more than hundred years old!) are going to be turned into beautiful brooches. And those gorgeous bronze hinges as well. Very happy with my treasures!
I did need a hot coffee and maple scone after walking around in the cold for a couple of hours, but that was a treat on top of another treat, not so?
How is YOUR winter coming along, chouchous? Do you like this season or are you tucked in waiting for the warm days to come back?
Take care, and more soon!