Marukyu Tsukudani

In Tsukuda island in Eastern Tokyo, there are signature stores of Tsukudani because this is where Tsukudani was first made and spreaded all over Japan from here.  Tsukudani is small seafood cooked in soy sauce and mirin and it lasts for a long time.  You eat it with plain rice or you can put it inside rice balls…

Shopping for your Kitchen at the Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish Market, is the place where they hold a seafood auction in the early mornings to serve all the restaurants and grocery stores fresh seafood daily. The market has more to offer to the general public such as fresh seafood restaurants, cookware at low prices, vegetables, china, spices, anything you would need if you own…

Another 100 Yen Store

As you may know, I really like 100 yen shops.  Seira in Shibuya is my favorite but there is another one I like called Natural Kitchen. The items are very pretty and cute.  I could spend an hour just looking at each item on the shelf. They have everything from plants to kitchenware, and everything in the…

Hibiya Kadan Florist

The signature store of the florist giant, Hiniya Kadan is actually a very small, lovely store on the corner of Hibiya Park, unlike it’s image of being one of the biggest florist companies. When I visited the store today is was nicely decorated with a holiday theme.

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…

Nurseries

Are you ready to start growing vegetables or flowers?  D2 is where you can find all your gardening needs.

Chopstick Shop

Chopsticks are made in different forms and are made in different districts in Japan. Each chopstick has a different background and history behind it. They are made from different varieties of wood, painted in different kinds of rackers, and have different sizes to meet everyone’s taste.  If you go to a specialised store, you will…

Hello Kitty Store

This Hello Kitty store in Shinjuku has been there for decades.  I used to go to this place to buy hello kitty goods when I was in elementary school.  The name of the store is called Gift Gate.  Today, the size of the store is much smaller but it is still there.  It is located…