Sunday, 3 April 2011

Antique Market

Yesterday was a beautifully balmy day where the sun was shining, the air was warm and there was no need to wear a jacket. The blossom along the Meguro river, near where we live, was starting to bloom and everyone was out enjoying the gorgeous day. Today however, we woke up to grey skies and freezing weather! Very confusing.

I decided to head up to the International Forum to forage around a monthly outdoor antique fair that is held there. The International Forum is a spectacular building that looks like a humungous, space-age ship that has decided to dock in the centre of Tokyo. There was a lovely juxtaposition of this awesome new, glass building, surrounded by little stalls selling ancient artefacts from the past of Japan as well as some European finds. This is so typical of Tokyo where old is constantly butting up against the new. Many of the stalls were beautifully presented, some in the typical simple Japanese aesthetic, others in a melange of colour and mish mash. The atmosphere was calm and relaxed and it was a lovely (albeit freezing) way to spend a few hours in Tokyo.

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