On the northern tip of Chikuma City is the historical Inariyama neighborhoood. Dozens of classic earthen-walled storehouses line the narrow streets, giving a sense of what the area was like during its heydays as a transportation and distribution hub during the late Edo era. Tucked away in nooks and crannies of those storehouses are a wealth of antique pottery, furniture, cookingware and a myriad of other objects. Once a year, the storehouses are ‘opened’ and the antiques put up for sale. This year will be the 2nd annual such Inariyama Antiques Sale, to be held as per the following:
Inariyama Antiques Sale
Sunday 17-November, 2013
From 8am to 2pm
Inariyama’s Aramachi street, in front of okonimiyaki restaurant “Silky”.
Flier for the Inariyama Antiques Sale, depcting some of the items you can expect to find
Antiques tend to be popular in the West, and it always amazes me there aren’t more antique shops here in Japan, especially with all the skillfully crafted furniture and other objects here. So Inariyama’s Antiques Sale is sure to be a great opportunity to pick up some classic Japanese artifacts!
On the 17th, I dragged one of our sons to Inariyama for the antiques sale. I was looking forward to seeing what kind of treasures would come out of the nooks and crannies of Inariyama’s old storehouses, and I wasn’t disappointed.
At the 2013 Inariyama Antiques Sale, with local civic leader Takamura-san
Pictured are a couple of the items I picked up. Any guess what that item with the hook is? It’s a portable scale called a “hakari”. Traveling salesmen used to sell some objects by weight and used this kind of scale to measure, not kilograms, but “kan”. (1 kan = 3.75kg). Apparently ‘kan’ were used along side kilograms from the Meiji era until 1959 until being phased out and totally replaced by the metric system in 1966.
A bit of history for only 500 yen!
And the Japanese umbrella in the background was also 500 yen.
After discovering these great treasures, I am already looking forward to next year’s antiques sale at Inariyama!