Flea markets

The flea market, often abbreviated furima in Japanese, is a place where people can sell things they no longer need or things they have made themselves. Everything is cheap and the flea market is a popular haunt of Japanese young people. Most flea markets are held in open public spaces such as parks. Participants pay from 2,000 to 3,000 yen to set up a booth. Many flea markets are held regularly once or twice a month. The popular Meiji Park flea market always has about 600 booths and attracts more than 20,000 people. The five best-selling items are, according to the Tokyo Recycle Citizen's Group, women's clothes, children's clothes, sundries, old clothes for young people, and gift items. It is not just the shopping that makes the flea market so poplar. People also go to enjoy the give-and-take of communication between buyer and seller. The monthly Flea Market Guide gives up-to-date information on 700 flea markets sponsored by nearly 300 organizations throughout the Tokyo metropolitan and surrounding areas (including Tokyo and Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Gumma, Ibaragi, Yamanashi, and Shizuoka prefectures).




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