Kappabashi Kitchen Town®
This shopping area for kitchen utensils helps support the Japanese diet.
The shopping district, which specializes in dishware and cooking utensils, is situated between Asakusa and Ueno and contains roughly 170 shops along its nearly 800 meters length north to south.
The area, which began around 1912 from a small collection of utensil merchants, has more than 100 years of history.
The shopping district is a collection of kitchenware specialty shops that sell Japanese, Western and Chinese style dishware and lacquerware, kitchen equipment and utensils, food ingredients, wrapping supplies, and more.
“Food” is a deeply-rooted aspect of daily life, and it is a part of a country’s culture. Japanese cuisine was designated in 2013 as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage as the traditional dietary culture of the Japanese people.
Overseas chefs have also fallen in love with a style of Japanese knives called “wabocho.”
In recent years, realistic models of food dishes, a uniquely Japanese creation, have become popular among foreign guests, so the area has also developed as a tourist attraction.
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