In Kyoto, there are two flea marckets held once a month. One is in Toji, and held on 21st every month. The local people call this market "Ko-bo san", "Ko-bo" is another name of the monk, Kukai, who started "Shingon" sect of Buddhism. He studied in China and is said that he was one of the three most famous caligraphers in Heian era. He was a monk of Toji temple. That's why local people call the market Kobo-san.
In the precict, various things are sold including antiques, second hand kimono, kimono fabric, pottery, bonsai, and whetstones. Just dropping in here and walking in the precinct will be fun as well as enjoying the conversation of the sellers.
On the other hand, the other flea market is held in Kitano Tenmangu shrine on 25th every month. It is called "Tenjin-san" As well as Kobo-san, you can enjoy everything from food to antiques.
If you are in Kyoto on 21st or 25th, why don't you visit there to see a tip of Japanese local culture?
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