Maimon Sushi – Kanazawa, Japan

common-sushiheadPhoto © Maimon

Maimon Sushi

(81)  076.225.8988
Hundred Avenue Mall Shimbo-cho 1-1a
1-1 Kinoshinbomachi,
Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture
920-0858, Japan

Open Hours:
11:00 – 22:00    Daily

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.”