Today, chouchous, I’m taking you to the Tokyo Nomi No Ichi Antique Fair, a huge bi-annual event in the capital. This year, for the first time, it was held at the Ooi Keibajo Race Course which, coincidentally, is also home to my favorite flea market. Although I tend to prefer flea markets to antique fairs, the Nomi No Ichi with its hundreds of exhibitors seemed like a must go for the retro lover that I am.
500yen (less than 5$) entrance fee payed, official passport obtained. All systems go!
I knew I shouldn’t expect to dig through dirty old junk (which I loooove) at this antique festival, so I was prepared for well curated stands and… well curated prices as well. But that’s alright, just looking at beautiful old things makes me happy and can also be very inspiring.
Those beautiful vintage graphics alone could easily make my day.
I love that they had a kids’ books vintage section, and this little guy seemed to have appreciated that too. In this picture you can see several people holding the event’s folding fan – or actually non folding – handed out for free at the entrance, like at any Japanese summer festival worthy of the name.
Look at these antique rubber stamp beauties! I know some people who would spend a looooaaad of time in front of this stand. Rightly so.
There were several workshops scattered around the fair, which I thought was a very good idea. Brass Ring Workshop sounds like something right up Bijou Caillou’s alley, doesn’t it? At the end I decided that I wouldn’t understand enough of the language to fully enjoy the workshop. Next time!
The joys of filing….
Frames à go-go. This somehow reminds me of the Paris bookstands along the Seine. Maybe a similar display?
The fair had a few small sections of vintage clothing. On the pricey side, and in my opinion not as interesting as what one can find at the flea market.
La Poste postman bags straight from la France! I really coveted one of those but 8700 yen (80$) was way over my budget. Way, way…
A trunk full of stuffed animals. I only realize now when looking at the picture that there were plenty of monkeys! I should have gotten one of those, so cute.
There were plenty of opportunities for snack-time at the fair. Organic, handmade pastries and refreshments were available and, dare I say, extremely popular with ladies. Just looking around me, I could tell that the vast majority of attendants were women in their 30s, and families.
And that’s MY snack! Please don’t judge me, hahaa…. it tasted much better than it looks! Keema Arabiata Spaghetti. Japanese creativity knows no borders..
Japanese antiques were of course well represented, but some stands specialized in foreign goods, like this British dealer. French was also very popular. Oh, and I almost forgot the Swedish meatball stand!
I honestly can’t remember why I took this picture. The mini cookie moulds?
Part of the fair was held indoors, and this was a very popular section showcasing Japanese Tenugui textile. For more about Tenugui, this blog post sums it up rather nicely: Tenugui, a cloth without limits.
I have a soft spot for vintage lace, which I am using to make jewelry, but again, a little too pricey to buy, just great to look at!
Ha, I actually own a similar wooden board, acquired in a second-hand shop in Basel, Switzerland. Mine might be older though, and made of dark wood. A real beauty, perfect on top of my jewelry making table for easy access of bits and pieces.
Those boxing gloves will make a collector very happy!
Another workshop, for flower arrangement this time.
Ahah, here is where all the guys are flocking! Squeezing myself in I found several interesting metal pieces for jewelry making purpose at this popular stand.
‘Dieu mon devoir et plus rien sur la terre‘ (God my duty and nothing else on this earth). This French school desk must be around hundred years old according to the calligraphy style. What a treasure! I didn’t expect to find such a piece at the Nomi No Ichi but it was indeed a well curated market.
This koinobori paper carp was my “coup de coeur” of this antique fair. Thousand yen (less than 10$) was a fair price and I would have taken it home but hubby texted back no space sensei. I know he was right, so I wasn’t too sad to leave it behind. Well, only a little bit.
Well, I had a very pleasant morning at the fair. Since it was a summer festival at the same time the atmosphere was much less stuck up than at an orthodox antique fair. A successful fusion between antique and flea, so to speak. Already looking forward to next edition!
I hope you enjoyed this tour, à bientôt chouchous!