Tokyo International Forum
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Belly of the Beast
Textile Tales
Belly of the Beast
The Tokyo International Forum is a stunning architectural masterpiece of glass and steel truss designed as a multipurpose convention and event space by Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly. It was completed in 1996 on the site of the former Tokyo Metropolitan Government offices. With the exception of the conference rooms, the structure is open daily to the public and is an excellent representation of modern Tokyo architecture.
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Textile Tales
Tokyo abounds with flea markets both big and small, which sell everything from used clothing to Japanese and Western handicrafts. While there certainly is a lot of junk on offer (just don’t forget the old adage, “one’s man’s trash is another man’s treasure”!), it is very possible to find unique items and valuable antiques at bargain prices. Some vendors are independent operators just getting rid of some unwanted belongings while others are professional dealers who represent their brick-and-mortar establishments. In either case, it is possible to haggle with sellers (something unheard of anywhere else in Japan), so put your best negotiating face on and go for it! The flea market at the Tokyo International Forum in Yurakucho (pictured here, also known as the Oedo Flea Market) is a large, relatively upscale affair with around 250 stalls that primarily sell Japanese antiques. You can find very high quality kimonos, Japanese woodblock prints, and even suits of samurai armor. Of course, even if you’re not interested in buying anything, the market makes for some great window-shopping. Open 10am-4pm on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month.
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