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- Boro-ichi history
- Foreign tourists are also very welcome at Boro-ichi!
- Don’t forget to get a pack of Daikan-mochi!
- Boroichi’s schedule
Boro-ichi is designated as a Tokyo Metropolitan intangible folk cultural property.
The history of Boro-ichi at Setagaya’s root is Raku-ichi, and was acknowledged as a free trade market by the lord of Odawara castle in 1578. It is said that its purpose was to increase the economy of the area.
Raku-ichi began to disappear over time, however it continued to exist as a market for famers and villagers. After that, some people started to sell cheap clothing for farmers called Boro, and traditional Japanese sandals(草鞋) at the market(市). This is why people call the market, Boro-ichi.
Boro-ichi is held on the 15th & 16th of December and the 15th & 16th of January every year. Nowadays, over 700 shops sell antiques, commodity goods, toys, old books, clothing, as well as many other items. About 800,000 visitors come to this market.
Foreign tourists are also very welcome at Boro-ichi!
There are many foreign visitors at the market! This family said, “We have never seen such a big market! This market is so much fun!”
This woman bought a lot of Japanese cloth and a Kimono belt. She enjoyed shopping and said, “I’m going to make an original shawl with them! This Japanese cloth is so beautiful!”
Don’t forget to get a pack of Daikan-mochi!
Daikan-mochi, (700 yen/pack), is a local specialty that you can only get at this market! It’s rice cake and you can choose from Red bean paste(餡子), Soybean flour(黄な粉), and
Radish paste(からみ). There is a dine-in area close to the stalls where you will find free hot tea. Local people believe Daikan-mochi is lucky, it is so popular that you’ll probably have to wait in line to get it. Don’t miss it!
The Next market will be open on Sun, 15th & Mon, 16th of January.
Boro-ichi is always crowded, so I recommend that you go on Monday morning. If you bring your kids, be careful not to lose them. Please try to decide on a meeting point for your family in advance, and dress warm.
Boro-ichi is open 4 days a year. Let’s find a limited time only bargain.
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