Unmissable shopping and fashion events
Minne Handmade Market
Representing over 170,000 artists, from established names to amateurs, Japan's largest handicraft market deals in everything from bags and clothing to chopsticks and sweets, and now returns for its annual mega-bash. Taking over Big Sight for two days in April, the Minne Handmade Market will see over 1,800 booths set up, so finding something you like is pretty much guaranteed. The tickets (¥1,500, ¥1,200 if bought in advance) are valid for both days and re-entry is allowed throughout.
Tokyo Nomi no Ichi Antique Market
Find everything from furniture and old books to clothes and cameras at this massive flea market, held twice annually at the Chofu Velodrome and featuring hundreds of sellers from all over the country. You can also pick up fabrics and fun knickknacks at the Nordic Market, or sit down for a cup of coffee and a tasty pastry at one of the open-air cafés. Entertainment comes in the form of live music, workshops and street performances.
Trainiart Pop-Up Shop
JR East has a heavy hand in this 'train meets art' pop-up shop, found inside Loft stores across the nation. Anyone from the most hardened toritetsu (train geeks) to your everyday commuter should find something to their liking here, with the selection including notebooks embossed with logos of the Hokutosei sleeper train, which was taken out of service in 2015, or the Hakutsuru, which ceased operations this April, plus Suica penguin goodies and masking tape with the Chuo-Sobu route map print. You'll also find some limited-edition items at the Tokyo Station Gallery and Atré Akihabara, so get on board while you can.
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.