Unmissable shopping and fashion events
Tokyo Nomi no Ichi Antique Market: Summer
Held twice annually in western Tokyo, this massive flea market is now gearing up for its first edition on the city's east side. Also the first Tokyo Nomi no Ichi to be held in summer, it'll take place at the Oi Racecourse (aka Tokyo City Keiba) and will feature hundreds of sellers from all over the country. You can look forward to finding everything from furniture and old books to clothes and cameras, while the Tenugui-ichi is where to pick up a traditional handkerchief and the Nordic Market will be selling fabrics and fun knickknacks. Additional entertainment comes in the form of open-air cafés, live music and fun workshops.
Pikachu McFlurry Campaign
To coincide with the release of the latest Pokémon movie, Pokémon the Movie 20: I Choose You!, McDonald's franchises around the country have decided to release... a Pikachu-themed McFlurry. That's right: you can now get a chocolate-and-banana flavoured McFlurry (¥290) in an uber-kawaii cup plastered with Pikachu's face in different moods. The exact end date of the campaign hasn't been released yet (it might be early August), but trying to catch 'em all sooner rather than later is probably your best bet.
Nogi Shrine Antique Flea Market
The popular crafts market at Nogizaka's Nogi Shrine was revived as the Antique Flea Market in 2014, with the relatively small-scale but always fun and interesting fair now taking place on the fourth Sunday of every month. Held on the shrine's sando road, the market features sellers of everything from secondhand clothing to furniture and cooking utensils, while tasty snacks are of course also available. Note that the event will be cancelled in case of rain.
Shoinjinja-dori Flea Market
Held on the first Sunday of every month at Setagaya's homely Shoinjinja-dori shopping arcade, this market may be small but always features a nice range of sellers, dealing in everything from clothes and books to quirky decorative items and antique knickknacks. The clientele is tilted heavily towards families with small children, who also frequent the little cafés and food stalls lining the street. When visiting, make sure to check out Shoin Shrine, found at the north end of the arcade. Note that the market will not be held in case of rain.