Kiya

Kiya has been making and selling Japanese cooking knives since 1792 in Nihonbashi. Even to this day, their knives are the best.   Inside the store, I saw many tourists buying their Japanese cooking knives to bring back home. In addition to selling a huge variety of knives, they also sell traditional Japanese cooking tools…

Ibasen

Ibasen is a store that has been making and selling fans since 1590.   People in Edo (now called Tokyo) needed fans to survive the hot summer heat for decades.  Ibasen created beautiful fans to buy.  The fans that open and close was invented in Japan.  It was then introduced to Spain by a Spanish…

Ninben

The original Ninben store in Nihonbashi is one of my favorite places in Tokyo.  Ninben is now a big corporation that manufactures and distributes dried bonito products.  You can use their dried bonito flakes for cooking.   Bonito flakes are used for making soup stock which is then used to cook food and soup. You…

Gold Leaves in your Tea

There is a store called Hakuza in Nihonbashi that sells a variety of gold leaf products.  It’s located on the first floor of the Coredo Muromachi Building. Inside the store, there is a tea lounge where you can rest and relax.  For 945 yen, I received a glass of iced tea made from tea leaves grown…

Lunch in Nihonbashi… How about trying Kushitei?

I was tired of walking around so I decided to have a power lunch. Deep fried meat, fish, veggies served on sticks sounds good. This is a fun building.  You must visit. Kushitei is located on the 5th floor. Put your sticks in this holder after you have used them. It was 1500 yen in…

Nihonbashi, Zero Milestone in Japan

The name of the town, Nihonbashi, means Japan Bridge in Japanese. It houses the famous Nihonbashi bridge that was originally built back in 1603.  By the bridge, there is a point called kilometer zero where the roads start in Japan. In Nihonbashi, there are old shops and restaurants that still remain from the Edo Period.  If…

Seasoned Vinegar

The next time you get a chance to visit an Asian grocery store, theres is one product I really recommend you to buy if you like to cook Japanese dishes. It’s not a regular rice vinegar so to speak.  It is a seasoned vinegar consisting of vinegar, sugar and salt. You can use this vinegar…

Usagi Shaped Apples

Make it fun when you slice your apples. Cut and make each slice look like a bunny. It is very easy.

How to Cook Edamame Beans

Now is the season.  You can now buy edamame beans fresh at the vegetable section of your local grocery store. To begin, remove each pod off from the branch with your fingers.  Some people trim the edges off with a pair of kitchen scissors.  Next rinse the pods off with water and massage them with…

Cold Noodles in Ice to Survive the Hot Summer

It’s a very hot and humid summer.  It feels like you’re in an oven all day and night.  Selecting the right foods this summer is the key to survive this heat.  Foods that will cool you down like cold noodles are ideal.  Unlike soba noodles which are quite popular, Somen and Hiyamugi are white in…

Green House

When you visit Shinjuku Garden, stop by their green house.  The soothing sounds of the waterfall is like therapy to me.  And being surrounded by flowers and plants is like going to a different dimension.

Shinjuku Garden

I recommend that you visit Shinjuku Garden not once but every season of the year. In Spring, you will get to see the magnificent scenery of the cherry blossoms.  And in Fall, you can enjoy the melancholy of the autumn leaf colours.  A delightful experience is guaranteed every time you visit the garden.  Admission is 200…

A Good Use of 100 Yen Goods

When I was in Seria, I purchased a set of four flower shaped vegetable cutters made from stainless-steel. It was 100 yen for all four of them. You can nicely shape carrots and radishes.  I have used my new cutters to cut carrots and I have cooked them afterwards to use as a side dish…

Seria 100 Yen Store

On the 7th floor of the OIOI JAM building on Meiji Dori Street in Shibuya, there is a 100 yen store called Seria. Everything in the store is only 100 yen.  They sell a wide variety of items including stationary, china, kitchenware, gardening tools, beauty items, bath goods and much more. Items for your lunch…

Cooking as Easy as 1.2.3.

Having easy yet healthy dishes are important for people who lead a busy life.  To save time, I buy pre-cut Tofu. You can purchase all of these vegetables for about 1000 yen at the Farmer’s Market held every Sunday morning. Myoga Ginger is very handy to use for cold-dish cooking during the summer. Try to…

July 7th — Tanabata Festival

July 7th in Japan is Tanabata, a Japanese star festival.  It celebrates the day when the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair) come to meet. According to legend, they can only meet once a year on July 7th.  It is a fairy tale.  To make your wishes come true, write your dream on a…

Gion Tokuya in Jingumae 2 chome

Located in Jingumae 2-chome, a 10 minutes walk from Gaienmae, Meiji-Jingu Mae, Harajuku and Omote-sando. Gion Tokuya is a hidden Japanese sweets parlor to enjoy Japanese sweets and tea in the Kyoto way.  Across the street from the Harajuku Police station, you follow the small road down and turn left at the corner of a small…