Japanse antique fair
9 February 2019
Today on the program a visit to an antique fair in Tokyo. There are hardly any antique shops in Tokyo, but every now and then there are fairs where traders from the wider area display their antiques. In the fifth storey of a boring tower building it appears that the complete floor has been rented and furnished with stalls. On arriving there was already a line of interested people waiting on the opening. It is fascinating to see how different the selection is than in Europe: a lot of ceramics and porcelain, but then typical in the local taste and furthermore crafts. In the area of the Japanese pipe, the kiseru, there is everything for sale, also for the advanced collector that we are. We left the place with some fine purchases but learned a lot as well.