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Oedo Antique Market

The Oedo Antique Market is held the first and third Sunday each month in the courtyard of the Tokyo International Forum.  The event started in 2003 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Edo Shogunate and has grown to include more than 250 licensed antique dealers in the ensuing years.

What will you find at the Oedo Antique Market?  The selection varies but you will likely find a selection of Japanese artwork, possibly some ukiyo-e (woodblock) prints and maybe some old Japanese signs that you could take home and display as a great souvenir from your trip. 

There are sure to be a selection of vintage kimonos and obi for you to peruse along with jewelry, Japanese ceramics, dolls and figurines.  You may also find the display of antique house wares intriguing and may even be tempted to pick up a Japanese screen to take home with you. 

The Oedo Antique Market market offers a glimpse into the way the Japanese lived and the things that they value from the Edo period, through the Meiji period, to the present day. Images from recent markets show that this is a fairly laid back event that can be enjoyed by antique lovers looking of their next treasure or the simply those who want to browse the history of Japan through the items on display. 

Event Details

Upcoming Dates:  September 7 & 21, October 5 & 19, and November 2 & 16
Hours:  9AM – 4PM
Location:  Courtyard of Tokyo International Forum (access map) with easy access from a number of train stations including Tokyo Station and Yurakucho Station.

The Oedo Antique Market is an outdoor event that may be canceled due to heavy rain.  Please check the Oedo Antique Market website for updates if the weather is questionable.

Image Credit: Flickr, japanese dolls