I was reminiscing today about one of my favorite destinations in Tokyo. Mecca for the culinary connoisseur. Nirvana for the "kitsch-en" collector. A place where the Yen in my purse would start to shake and quiver the minute I was within spitting distance. Kappabashi market.
Marked by a giant statue of a chef's head, Kappabashi is the fabulous restaurant supply district of Tokyo. If you love to cook and entertain, or just love to collect cool kitchen gadgets, this is the place to go.
Before I moved back to the States I took a trip downtown to stock up on authentic Japanese kitchenware. Hashi (chopsticks), beautiful lacquerware, small sushi plates, big serving dishes, rice bowls, ramen bowls, cedar bowls, ceramic tea and sake cups, decorative soy sauce bottles...oh the list goes on! I think about half of my shipping container was filled with treasures from Kappabashi. Honto ni! (Really!)
If you ever have a chance to hop on over to Japan -which is most definitely worth the trip, even with the outrageous prices - make a point to stop by Kappabashi. If you don't need kitchen stuff you can a least have a splendid time perusing the endless aisles of plastic sushi.
Thank you Bento.com for your great photo!