above photo © Kama Asa Shoten
Kama Asa Shoten Kitchen Supplies
2-24-1 Matsugaya, Taito-ku; Tokyo 111-0036 , Japan
09:30 – 17:30 Monday – Friday
10:00 – 17:30 Saturday – Sunday
On the main street in Kappabashi’s (Kitchen Town), not far from the famous Asakusa, Kama Asa Shoten has two stores. The one at the corner sells general kitchenware, while the other next door specializes in knives and specialty tools; such as sharkskin wasabi graters,
Being the latest ‘must have’ souvenir; a Japanese Kitchen knife is a joy to shop for and own. Play with and sped an hour choosing the perfect kitchen tool(s) for yourself. Each hand experiences each blade singularly. And when finished, they will engrave it for you; a true one of a kind purchase.
A short excerpt from the website explains the stores philosophy. This is a highly recommended side trip for all professional chefs and anyone who loves the kitchen!
“Founded in 1908,
The crafting of traditional Japanese single-edged knives involves various processes. Each stage is performed by a different artisan. Double-edged knives are produced in different locations. Each has its own character and culture. Our aim is to help you feel such variations with your own hands. You are welcome to handle our displays to choose the knife that suits your hand and needs.
To show respect for our craftspeople and pass on their values to our customers, Kama Asa does not re-brand the knives we carry. Each knife is supplied in its unadorned form, as finished by the artisan and with no additional markings. To view our comprehensive range of cooking knives please visit our store. We have many more knives in the shown categories.”