Thursday, June 23, 2011

Japan Day 6: Toaji Market


Tuesday morning, despite the high temperatures that suddenly rose after days of rain, we headed over to the famous Toaji Market, which happens on the 21st of every month. Toaji is probably the biggest flea market that happens in Kyoto, yet despite what you would think, the prices are ridiculously high. It is famously known for the antique vendors yet the prices are not like back home. Something that would cost back home $1, here it would be about $20.


Nonetheless I was extremely lucky to find a second-hand kimono for $10 with an amazing pink obi for $20. As prices usually start about $100 for the cheapest kimono, this was an extremely good deal although the kimono is quite old and has a few not very visible little stains. A Gaijin  girl picking a kimono drew quite a flock of Japanese women visiting the market who made sure to give me their honest opinion on the best kimono for me.


We finished the day with the cheapest and yummiest sushi I have ever ate: $1 for a plate of 2 pieces.


15 comments:

briannelee said...

Oooo, pretty kimono!

Trivia said...

so different and clean. nice market :D this is inspiring *

Veronica Biliboc said...

Waw, Mina, that kimono it`s so sweet and fits you so well. I`m really happy for you! I remember how much I wanted a cheong-sam (a chinese dress). You describe very good all that you are doing, it`s a pleaure to read about your trip :) Kisses!

sacramento said...

I adore your kimono, ahhhhhhhhhhhh.Thank you for the present of your wonderful pics, my friend.
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A Fine Balance said...

a kimono for 10??!!! score!

FASHION ICE said...

that kimono is so pretty!!

Ana said...

you look sooo cute!

gillybeancandyjar said...

Hahahah that's awesome the Japanese women flocked over to you to help you out! It looks beautiful on you

Jess P said...

You look so cute! Love that color on you :)

Anaivilo said...

That is so great! I loe kimonos, and indeed it was a great bargain:D

Cee said...

What a beautiful kimino and obi! In the photos you can't even guess that it's used, never mind that there are any marks on it. I can't think of a better souvenir to bring back from Japan- and the price was great, too!
xox,
Cee

FashionFreak/Mihaela said...

Hahha :D Cool!

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Alice in vintageland said...

I was hoping you would find a bargain kimono and I love it: the print and color are great. You look beautiful and the photos with everybody surronding you are both funny and amazing. Kisses:)

colorsdiary said...

I love the colors on the kimono u chose

LORENA said...

aw the little deer!!

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