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The Setagaya Boro-ichi is held on Dec. 15-16 and Jan. 15-16 annually.A large outdoor flea market of used and new clothing, antiques, household items, food, plants, and crafts.
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All sorts of knickknacks on sale. Some 700 stalls line the a few narrow streets near Setagaya and Kamimachi Stations on the Tokyu Setagaya Line.It can get pretty crowded when it's not raining.
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Boro-ichi started over 400 years ago in 1578 when Odawara daimyo Lord Hojo Ujimasa opened a market place in this area. It started out selling old clothing and used goods, so it came to be called "boro-ichi" (rag market). Today, vendors also sell antiques, used books, food, household items, and all kinds of knick-knacks.
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Old kimono.
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Molds
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Monchhichi
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Hanten
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Household shrines
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Household shrines, kamidana
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Maneki neko or beckoning cat
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Tools and knives
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Wristwatches
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Small cameras
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Cutting boards
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Gyotaku print (Fish print)
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Way to daikan mochi.
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Long line to buy daikan mochi, one of the famous things about the boro-ichi.
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Making daikan mochi on site.
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Three flavors of daikan mochi.
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Busy preparing and packaging the mochi.
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Mochi sellers
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Kinako (sweet soybean flour) daikan mochi
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Azuki daikan mochi.
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They really pile on the azuki.
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Near the shrine are potted flowers for sale.
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Very fragrant pieces of wood such as hinoki cypress.
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Amazake
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Taiko drums for sale
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Mochi mortars for sale.
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Pins for collectors.
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Gate to the Daikan Yashiki.
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Daikan Yashiki was the residence of the local acting administrator of Setagaya.
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Daikan Yashiki
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Setagaya Museum of History is near the Daikan Yashiki.
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Inside the Setagaya Museum of History.
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Portrait of Lord Ii Naosuke, Tokugawa shogunate's chief minister. He was the lord of Hikone Castle in Shiga (Omi) Prefecture.
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The Ii Clan possessed a major part of Setagaya after it was given to them by Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu.
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Naosuke was assassinated in Tokyo.
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Naosuke was assassinated in Tokyo.
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Setagaya Boro-ichi in the old days.
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Setagaya Boro-ichi in the old days.
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Also crowded at night.
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Kamimachi Station on the Tokyu Setagaya Line.
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