Buying antiques in Tokyo is more than a hobby for some people. Whether it’s the thrill of the find or even just browsing, then you will have something to look forward to this week.

With a whole weekend devoted to antiques in the Nihombashi area, starting today (April 27, until April 29), the scene for treasure hunters is now even more special. At the Nihombashi / Kyobashi Art and Antiques Festival, the search for the perfect item will be made easier by guides and events that have popped up to help even the beginners find something for them. The area’s dealers in classical art and craft, nihon-ga paintings, modern paintings, sculpture and wood block prints have made it popular with bargain hunters and moneyed experts alike, so there has never been a better time to get stuck into the search.

Perhaps second only to Ginza, the area – as the organizers say – is one of Tokyo’s pre-eminent art districts. On a good day strolling around the area you will find 150 unique specialist galleries. This weekend around half of them have got together with galleries and other local businesses to promote their wares and teach a new section of fans what is on offer. There has never been a better time to get stuck into the search.

The event says that “in order to make it easier for as many people as possible to take advantage of the event, each participant gallery will be open for business on both Saturday and Sunday, and each will endeavor in its own way to provide its visitors with a unique and unforgettable experience.”

In recent years there has been an increased level of interest in classical art, antiques and painting across a wide spectrum of age-groups in Japan. The number of art fans and collectors is on the rise.

Targeting people who are interested in fine art but had not perhaps had the courage to step inside the shops. The mission statement of the “Tokyo Art & Antiques” organisation is to “provide an opportunity for many people, regardless of their age, knowledge or origin, to experience Japanese art and antiques firsthand and thereby become acquainted with the joys of collecting.”

For more information, take a look at the website or see the map below for participating venues.

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