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    Kappabashi Street, the heart of Kitchenware Town

    A visit to Kappabashi Street, the heart of Kitchenware Town is a must for all those in the food and hotel industry. This is the street to find bargains on kitchen utensils, Japanese porcelains, lacquerware, bento boxes, trays, baskets and knives! There are so many knife shops in this street and the craftsmen making the knives are usually there to…

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    Tsukiji Fish Market

    The Tsukiji Fish Market is a must visit place when in Tokyo. To watch the Tuna Auction at the market, I had to leave the hotel at 2 am. There are no trains at night and, therefore, if you plan to visit this market, stay at a nearby hotel within walkable distance. No one is allowed into the fish market…

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    Buddha Bellies Cooking School

    It is certainly love at first sight with a fellow foodie when I met Ayuko who runs Buddha Bellies Cooking School in Tokyo!! The table was laid with some of the ingredients needed to make Edomae Sushi. Edomae sushi essentially means Tokyo-style sushi. In the 18th century, Tokyo was known as Edo and sushi was food specially invented for travellers…

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    Tsukiji’s Outer Market

    If the Tsukiji fish market is too intimidating for you, take a walk in the narrow streets just outside the market. You will find a wealth of seafood, fresh vegetables including the wasabi roots, dried seafood like bonito flakes and dried squids and many varieties of dried seaweed or kelp. There are also shops selling handcrafted sashimi knives and Japanese…