Oi Racecourse Flea Market is a mismatch of stalls and sellers that is a surprisingly exciting insight into a different side of Tokyo. Rows of traders sit under the metal grates of the racecourse car park and each has something weirdly specific on sale, like antlers, or a wild patchwork of junk and treasures.

I first went to the flea market in search of a secondhand radio. I thought it would help with my Japanese and I wasn’t keen on forking out a lot of money for a brand new one. As I walked from Tachiaigawa Station in Shinagawa Ward, the sight of people walking toward me with cardboard boxes and old Ikea bags stuffed full of their flea market finds confirmed it: I had got off at the right stop.

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