Flea market apps transforming Japan's thrift culture

National Jul 24, 2018

Flea market apps transforming Japan's thrift culture

by Alex Martin

When strapped for cash before his next paycheck, Ryo Takezawa would trudge over to the nearest Bookoff, the nation's largest chain of secondhand bookstores, to sell his novels and CDs. But the buyback rates were meager: The 37-year-old temporary worker was lucky if he was ...

Throwback time for fashion leads to innovation

Style & Design Nov 26, 2017

Throwback time for fashion leads to innovation

by Samuel Thomas

As regular followers of Japanese fashion can attest, the industry can be seen as somewhat flirtatious, dallying with new debutantes, another sister brand, another collaboration, another short-term "limited shop" or another retail concept that makes the news but doesn't really change the game. It is ...

Festival flea markets are a treat

Events / Events In Tokyo Jun 28, 2013

Festival flea markets are a treat

by Natasha Vik

The Japanese have a knack for putting hard-to-describe feelings into words. A good example is the word "mottainai," used when expressing regret over wasting a resource or opportunity. It's an expression that's getting good use recently, as society makes a push to be more ...