Kappabashi, Tokyo’s kitchenware district

Kappabashi, Tokyo's kitchenware district
Kappabashi-dori is a street located near Asakusa. It’s full of shops catering to the restaurant trade, the array of quirky items make it well worth exploring.

Kappabashi, Tokyo's kitchenware district
The strangest thing you’ll see in Kappabashi is probably the plastic food shops – outside restaurants across Japan, you’ll often see plastic versions of the dishes on display outside, these are called sampuru (サンプル), derived from the English word “sample”. Everything from Katsu to Beer is available in fake form!

Kappabashi, Tokyo's kitchenware district Kappabashi, Tokyo's kitchenware district
Kappabashi, Tokyo's kitchenware district
Kappabashi, Tokyo's kitchenware district Kappabashi, Tokyo's kitchenware district
There are also stores selling various signs, menu holders, placemarkers, neon signs and even giant mascots including Santa, a dinosaur and a lobster!

Kappabashi, Tokyo's kitchenware district Kappabashi, Tokyo's kitchenware district Kappabashi, Tokyo's kitchenware districtKappabashi, Tokyo's kitchenware district Kappabashi, Tokyo's kitchenware district
Quirky stuff aside, Kappabashi is also a great place to pick up affordable Japanese tableware and tea sets, just be careful transporting them home 🙂

Kappabashi, Tokyo's kitchenware district Kappabashi, Tokyo's kitchenware district

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