Over 440-year-old street flea market 

Setagaya Boro-ichi

Tokyo・Seyagaya 

 

Venerable flea market with a history over 440 years attracts 800,000 visitors.

Setagaya Boro-ichi 

Boro-ichi is held on December and 16, and on January 15 and 16 every year, drawing crowds of about 200,000 to 300,000 people per day. The “Boro” refers to old scraps of fabric which were once the main item traded at the market 
 
There were stalls selling daily goods, farming tools and goods used for celebrating the New Year, old clothes, sandals, boro, foods and so on. Nowadays, there are rows of shops with around 700 stalls selling practical items, antiques, vintage kimonos, plants, local food including freshly made rice cake, china wares etc.  
 
It is now officially recognized as one of Tokyo’s Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. 

Name

Setagaya Boro-ichi

Date

Canceled in 2020

Time

9:00~20:00

Place

Some of the Setagaya streets and in the Kamimachi area, around Setagaya station

The nearest station

Kamimachi Sta.  (Tokyu Setagaya line)

Setagaya Sta. (Tokyu Setagaya line)

※Special train service will be provided during the festival. Visit Tokyu corporation website for further information. 

Contact

☎ +81 5432 3333

Organizer

Setagaya Boro-ichi Market Preservation Association

Website

Setagaya city (Japanase)


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"Daikan-mochi" a specialty of the flea market.

Daikan-mochi is a freshly-made rice cake. Many visitors enjoy eating this delicious and popular specialty and sometimes you have to wait in line to get it for hours. You can choose from 3 flavors, Karami (grated white radish with soy-sauce, Karami means spicy), Sweet red bean paste, or Sweetened soybean flour.

 

Administrator’s March

The administrator patrolled to take control and for the safety of the town once each market since 1795. Nowadays, this partorl is held every 5 years as “Administrators March” to commemorate how the Boro-ichi started and to celebrate the anniversary of the given Intangible cultural asset.

The last march was carried out on Jan 15 th, 2018 and the next is scheduled on Dec 15 th, 2022.

 

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Boro-ichi Flyer-1

 

Boro-ichi flyer-02

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