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Maimon Sushi – Kanazawa, Japan

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Maimon Sushi

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

www.maimon-susi.com

Open Hours:
11:00 – 22:00    Daily
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Kama Asa Shoten – Tokyo, Japan

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Kama Asa Shoten Kitchen Supplies

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

www.kama-asa.co.jp

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!

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“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.”

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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.

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Aoyama Kawakami-an – Tokyo, Japan

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(Large shrimp tempura bowl and bite buckwheat)

Aoyama Kawakami-an

(81)  35.411.7171
3 Chome-14-1 Minamiaoyama, Minato,
Tokyo 107-0062, Japan

www.kawakamian.com

Open Hours:
11:00 – 04:30    Monday – Saturdays
11:00 – 17:00    Sundays

We walked by this Soba restaurant on afternoon – and remarked that it looked like quite a nice spot; and though we were hungry, we continued on to our original destination.  The walnut soba stuck in our minds and, fast forwarding a few days later, we wound up being brought to the very same restaurant by a local friend!

She explained that the Kabocha Tempurasoba (pumpkin) and  Iro Soba (walnut) were a specialty of Aoyama Kawakami−an, and it was quite famous for them!

We had quite a lovely lunch – and highly recommend this Soba-Ya for all who are wandering through the Aoyama district.

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Maach Ecute – Tokyo, Japan

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Maach Ecute Kanda Manseibashi

(81)  33.257.8910
1-25-4, Kandasudacho, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo 101-0041, Japan

www.maach-ecute.jp

Open Hours:
9:30 – 18:00    Daily

On the edge of Akihabara (electronics’s town), on the embankment of  the  Kanda River, lies the Mach Ecute mall.

In 2013, as part of the reconstructed old Minsebaishi Station, the lower level of the red brick viaduct was transformed into a shopping arcade;  the arches separating each space.  Showcasing young designers and manufacturers in a combination of fashion, housewares, restaurants, cafés and bakeries.

If you are cruising Akihabara, definitely swing by.  There is access to the pltform cafe and roofgarden and, importantly, there is a Hitachino’s Nest Brewing Lab for tasting many a life affirming beer!

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