Street Bazaar in Downtown Tokyo
One of the downsides to living near Akihabara is the last of good markets and shopping streets (商店街) that make daily shopping for household needs easy. I tend to head up to Okachimachi when I need to do that kind of shopping. But one concession is the Iwamotocho/Higashi Kanda Family Bazaar held every few months. For a few consecutive weekends, a backstreet I blocked off and local and gypsy stores can set up shop right on the street. Lots of clothes, shoes, cleaning products, used computers, etc. Basically a big flea market. Not your typical Akiba style event, you see mostly housewives looking for a bargain. Still it brings a fun family style atmosphere into a normally quiet industrial area. It’s set to run all weekend just south of the Kandagawa Izumi bridge near the Showa Dori exit of Akihabara station. Worth a stop if you are a garage sale/flea market fan.