In Kyoto, the Kobo-san market fair is held on the 21st of each month on the grounds of the To-ji temple and pagoda. This temple was established in 794 by imperial decree to protect the city.
Many of the temple buildings were destroyed by fire during the 15th century but has been rebuilt in the 1600's.
The temple flea markets are gigantic... booth after booth of antiques, textiles, collectibles, scrolls, pottery and books.
The Tenjin-san Market is held on the 25th of each month on the grounds of the Kitano Tenman-Gu shrine. The shrine was established in 947 and rebuilt in 1607.
Above are a few flea market finds for my home.
Above are flea market finds for my greenhouse, waiting for spring.
Some finds for the garden and greenhouse. That piece of bamboo is called Turtleback bamboo.
I found some tea cups with dots, and a small basket with cloth top with tea cup and tea tools, used as a bag to travel with.
Above are some wooden stamps, old envelopes, some old brushes, and a wonderful hand carved wooden bowl.
Above are some of the old kimono fabrics I found, with some threads and yarn, an old pilgrimage belt with old seals, and some Otafuku faces for my collection. Otafuku dolls and faces are of a mythic figure in Japanese folklore. She turns up on textiles, pottery, dishes, folkart, painting and sculpture. She is every woman, generous, the essence of goodwill.
Here are some of the indigo Boro fabrics I found with string and yarn.
I found some old scrolls, old books, and brushes.
Here is a small sample of the old envelopes and papers I found.
I came home with some old Japanese maps, rice papers, and a wonderful packet of old stamps.
I found some wonderful scarves, necklaces and hand carved wooden buttons and cloth buttons.
Do you see the hand carved wooden rabbit pin?
And you wait. You wait for the one thing
that will change your life,
make it more than it is---
something wonderful, exceptional,
stone awakening, depths opening to you.
--- Rainer Maria Rilke, Remembering