Tokyo Strolls: Kitchenware Town
Like many of you, I’ve been more or less glued to my laptop all day, checking news stories and social media regarding the most recent illegal and immoral actions by the Trump administration. I debated with myself about writing a post on a fairly frivolous topic, but decided in the end that a little diversion would not be a bad thing.
So. You may know that the windows of Japanese restaurants typically have highly realistic plastic models of their menu offerings. Where do they get these objects that combine the edible and the synthetic, you may wonder.
Kappabashi Street, that’s where. This is a part of Tokyo also known as Kitchenware Town.
Here you will find several dozen small restaurant supply stores within a stretch of just a few blocks.
Prominent among these are stores selling models of food that look almost identical to the real thing, at least if you ignore the plastic wrapping. We bought one for each of our sons: a plate of spaghetti and meatballs for Danny, and a plate of stir-fried noodles for David.
Also available as fresh fruit and desserts.
The stores were selling more than just plastic food, however.
They had all the pots and pans you could ask for.
Also many varieties of cookie cutters. I would have bought a kitty or rabbit, but for some reason Judy wasn’t interested.
Here’s a nearby residential side street. Odd to find two-story buildings almost anywhere in Tokyo, a city of incredible density. I would dearly like to know the story behind that “mucho gracias” sign.
And a little alleyway.
Like the coffee cup balconies. The architect was really getting into the spirit of the place.
You can’t spend all your time in gardens, and Kitchenware Town was a fun change of pace. One thing that impressed me was that the area seemed to be dominated by independent merchants – not a big box to be seen. I’ll post a couple more Tokyo strolls before we move on to other cities.