KADIKÖY – Istanbul, Turkey



Istanbul, Turkey

Kadıköy  is a lovely district on the Asian side near the mouth of the Bosphorus on the north coast of the Sea of Marmara.  It sits near the anciant site of Chalcedon and  is a must visit!  Regretfully, we left Kadıköy to the end of our journey and had limited time.  We had just enough to realize that on our next visit to Istanbul, Kadıköy is where we will spend most of our time; in the small streets and some of the best food shopping in the city!

Kadıköy is a labyrinth of lively cobbled streets and small buildings with cafes, restaurants, book stores,  antique shops or simply stalls selling the freshest produce we saw.

In the street markets, there are a couple of places not to miss:
The Şekerci Cafer Erol – a wonderful candy store and the famous Ciya

It very easy to get to Kadıköy by ferry; so do it soon after you arrive to Istanbul !!












Kama Asa Shoten – Tokyo, Japan


above photo © Kama Asa Shoten


Kama Asa Shoten Kitchen Supplies

(81)  33.841.9355
2-24-1 Matsugaya, Taito-ku; Tokyo  111-0036 , Japan


Open Hours:
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, Nambu Ironware, Kama and Kamado cauldrons, Kezuri-ki Dried Bonito Plane, Yuki-hira, Yattoko saucepans and Brick charcoal grills.

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!

photo © Kama Asa Shoten

“Unbranded” knives

“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.”


Higashiyama Higashi Chaya District – Kanazawa, Japan

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Higashiyama Higashi Chaya District

(81)  076.220.2800
1 Higashiyama
Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture
920-0831, Japan

Kanazawa is a lovely city on the northern coast of the island of Honshu about 500km and a pleasant Shinkansen train ride form Tokyo.  Kanazawa is known for its castle, gardens and  three lovely historical edo-era geisha districts; Kazue-Machi, the smallest by the river, Naga Machi Buke or the Samurai Districtand the Higashiyama Higashi Chaya District being the largest

Higashiyama Higashi Chaya is full of small shops, sake tastings, delicious food, stunning lacquer bowls – and gold leaf.  Gold leaf done to perfection on crafts; and tasty gold leaf on ice-cream!

Stop by the very well preserved Shima tea house,  with geisha shows, performing dances and the playing Japanese traditional musical instruments – carrying the same notes frome the Edo period.

Kaikaro Teahous

Another lovely find is the Hakuza Gold Leaf Store.  A shop selling gold leaf products.  Inside the shop is a traditional Japanese warehouse which has been turned into a tearoom and completely covered inside and out with gold leaf.  Only possible as Kanawaza produces almost all of Japan’s gold leaf. 

Kanazawa, although small, For us has a more natural and local vibe then Gion in Kyoto – which at times felt too stiff and tourist crowded, turning the romanticism of the architecture  into a theme park. We truly wish we had stayed more time in Kanazawa.