It was a long time ago when I last visited a flea market here in Japan. At that market, I had found a nice collection of souvenirs. There weren't many souvenirs to be had this time, however.
The flea market was held next to Yoyogi Park, in the large plaza near the NHK building. If you've been there, you probably know where I'm talking about. I believe they hold markets there about once a month. There were tons of clothes here; there's no parking but families bring suitcases or boxes and set up on tarps. There was a good selection of fairly fashionable clothing at really good prices. I found a Ben Folds concert t-shirt (from his Asian tour a couple years ago) in nearly-new condition for just 200 yen (about $2.25).
My only luck on the baseball front was a woman with a small collection of Lions memorabilia. Most of what she was selling was a little more than I was willing to pay. I picked up an otherwise plain frame that was designed to hold a postcard-sized card, one of those plastic noisemaker souvenirs, and a handful of cards.
So, in the tradition of everyone else, I'm going to start grading my purchases:
- Ben Folds T-Shirt, 200 yen: A+. It's size medium (US) which is kind of small for me but if I lose enough weight I can wear it, and until then it's cool just owning it.
- Lions memorabilia and cards, 800 yen: B-: in retrospect I probably paid too much for what I got, but on the other hand I have some nice souvenirs and those two awesome victory cards.
- Kyoto card set, 100 yen: B: I enjoy non-sport issues and while these aren't trading cards they're a nice addition to my collection.
There's a big flea market on Sunday that I'm planning on attending. Right now the forecast calls for a cold sunny day. I'm not sure what I'll find, but I think this market will have lots of clothing and not so many knickknacks and collectibles.