Held in the cavernous expanse of Tokyo Dome in February, Tokyo Tableware Festival will feature over 200 stands and stalls selling everything you could need for your dining room.
As well as the stands selling goods made by Japanese producers, there'll be special displays with titles such as 'British - Style of Life' and 'The Beauty of Utility'. This latter will be showcasing ceramics produced by creators in Kasama and Mashiko, two areas of Japan well renowned for the quality of the goods produced there.
The range of styles is enormous: you can find goods that are simple and traditional, vibrant and colourful, cute and charming, or sleek and contemporary. Whatever your style, you'll be able to buy something to suit your table.
Even if you don't want to buy, it's very enjoyable to wander round all the different stands, admiring the variety of designs and the quality of the craftsmanship.
Tokyo Dome is easily reached from Suidobashi station on the JR Chuo/Sobu train line and Toei Mita subway line, Korakuen station on the Tokyo Metro subway Marunouchi line and Namboku line, or Kasuga station on the Toei Oedo subway line.
Doors open from 11:00am on Sunday 4th, from 10:00am for the rest of the festival's duration, with last admission at 6:30pm each day, closing at 7:00pm. Admission is JPY2100, but children of elementary school age or younger accompanied by an adult can enter for free.
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