Tokyo Big Sight 11-1 Ariake, Koto,
Tokyo 135-0063, Japan
If you are in Japan, GO to the International Robot Exhibition at Tokyo Big Sight!! You are witnessing the future of humanity (and not-humanity) at the beginning of its era – perhaps one day to get its own scientific classification? The Robotolithic age ?
Check the website for dates, as these change every year. In 2015 the show ran Dec 2nd – 5th. It was held at Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Center) on Tokyo Bay waterfront. The complex is worth the visit just for the experience of being in a futuristic city on the set of a Sci-Fi movie. It reminded us of Caprica from the modern Battlestar Galactica !
The International Robot Exhibition is the largest robot trade show in the World. If you find yourself in Japan try to attend, a window into the future. This is the reason you are in Japan!
IREX brings together roughly 500 domestic robot manufacturers and related businesses with over 50 international exhibitors. Participating are 100,000 domestic technicians and professionals.
IREX divides itself into two parts. Large Industrial robots (IR) and then the smaller, cuter service robots (SR), along side small production systems and robots deriving from R&D activities of government, industry and academia, Medicine, manufacturing, security, etc.
Le Grand Bleu is one of those shops, that unless you are on the inside ultra-hip fashion Industry you would never find or even take a second glance at if you happened to stroll past.
On a quiet street, not far from the Reiyukai Shakaden Temple, sits a true rock fashion boutique. Complete with new and vintage clothing, accessories, and jewelry from all over the world. Every world rockstar touring Japan makes a stop here. The US based equivalent would be LA’s Maxfield., though, Le Grand Blue gives off a much more authentic vibe.
Le grand Bleu is part f a Maniac Corporation group of stores including Circus, Forbiden Fruit and BEDROCK in Omotesando, well worth the visit, if you are into this type of thing.
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!
“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.”