Toji Market
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See a Temple, Buy an Antique (or Three)
The early bird definitely catches the worm in Kyoto if it knows when to head to Toji Temple. Here, the Kōbō-san flea market is held in honor of the Buddhist priest Kobo Daishi on the 21st of every month, marking the date of the priest's death. The candied sun-dried tomatoes and okonomiyaki (noodle pancakes) I devoured were well-worth the 5 o'clock alarm. The six antique kimonos I tried on were, too. Try to take your time so you don't miss anything. I almost didn't see the pottery items repaired in the kintsugi method. Kintsugi uses gold as glue and considers tears in objects, not as imperfections, but instead as part of the objects' stories.
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