The Toshimaen amusement park isn’t very far from Wakoshi, a little more than half an hour train ride only. Overlooking proximity and ease of access, I had never visited. Maybe because I knew that Toshimaen is very popular for its swimming pools in summer and I’m not a big fan of crowded swims to say the least. But give me a flea market and I’ll hop on the first train!
This was a very beautiful winter Sunday morning, sunny with the air so crisp your eyes couldn’t help welling up with cold. Which of course doesn’t bother kids in the least. I’ve always wondered how kids can be so immune to extreme discomfort with the only thought of a ride on the merry-go-round to keep them going, and I envy them!
It wouldn’t be an amusement park without a little bit of bling, right? And a topping of cute Japanese graphics won’t harm either.
No big rush in front of Super Pretzel (yet), but this is 10am and the market itself has already found its crowd.
I love the idea of an amusement park hosting a flea market, the rides and attractions make for such a great background, don’t you think? Who wouldn’t enjoy shopping while strolling in a forrest of giant puffy mushrooms?
The flea market itself was only so-so-alright-interesting for me. I knew that the Mottainai flea markets come with a lot of “new junk”. Mountains of clothes (rarely vintage and mostly for kids and babies, like the school uniforms on the photo below), DVDs, iPhone cases, toys, umbrellas, bags. Nothing like the glorious old decaying junk one can find a the Tokyo City Flea Market, always number one in my heart.
A little hungry after all these rides on the Flying Pirates? I can hear a Cute Liberty Bell ringing, it must be the fairies at the food court.
How wonderful to catch glimpses of a nearby spring! This apricot in full bloom tells us that cherry blossoms are only a few weeks away in Tokyo. I can’t wait!
Just when I thought I would come back empty handed from this flea market I came across a cardboard box full of old Japanese coins, looking gorgeous and not too pricey (100yen – 1 dollar each). The seller told me they are 1500 years old. Google told me they might be from the Edo period (~1600-ish). Real? Fake? Truly antique? I don’t care, they look great and they inspired me to a couple of new jewelry pieces for you, which is exactly what I was looking for! Flea markets never disappoint!
À bientôt mes chouchous…
… and don’t forget to check out the Bijou Caillou Store, interesting new items are popping up every now and then!