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Mottainai Flea Market, Japan

Mottaini Flea Market is all about protecting the environment and recycling of products for sake of the environment. As one of the name suggests the little market is all about reducing the waste and wastefulness with one of the perfect antidote to the Tokyo culture of shop till you drop. It can be said that it is not like any chain store or based in malls but the moving market which helps to buy the goods of daily use whether it is any kinds of clothes or the DVD’s and CD’s along with books and other odd items.

It constitutes of mostly private sellers where one could go for the inspection of wares sold by various sellers along with bargaining of goods which is all about giving old items to get new. The things which are saleable and in good shape are bought and in return the consumer can buy the goods of his own wishes. One could also visit to some of the eateries which sell the food particles and other such foods which give the local flavour. It is one of the moving market which moves from one station to another and sometimes over the same weekend within the stipulated time frame between 10 A.M to 4 P.M.

There is also a Mottaini Festival which showcases merchandise along with items, events and activities that promotes the organizations with the vision of 3R and R which is all about reducing along with reuse of goods along with recycling and giving respect to the old items which has served us for long. The concept of celebrating the festival started in 2012 and it is held annually since then for the purpose of promoting a well sustained recycling oriented society. The festival activities which is all about putting the spirit of moving market alive as it is not seen these days in most of the Asia could be said that it helps to remind the culture of the craftsmanship which is all about the assorted stalls selling books, clothes and toys made of action figures such as Ninja Turtle, Doremon and various others.

The best of the days to visit the market is either Sundays or Saturdays with the 3 minute walk to Akihabra station. The hours of operation for the market is 10:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. with free admission and on other days it is found at Akihabara UDX and the kids store in Ikebukuro Station West Park.

Open Hours:- 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Location:- Ikebukuro, Tokyo

Distances from Ikebukuro Town:-

Tokyo City : 12.1 KM

Yokohama City : 44.6 KM

Osaka City : 507.0 KM

Nagoya City : 355.0 KM

Sapporo City : 1103.2 KM


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