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    What to buy in Japan

    So I am going to be in Kyoto and Tokyo and Hong Kong and I wondered what sort of things I can buy that I couldn't get just as easily here.

    For example, am not too interested in JNats but are their synthetic stones that are awfully hard to get or overpriced in the US but easy reasonable in Japan?

    As far as knives go, I can't imagine there is stuff routinely available in Japan that I couldn't get here but I was planning on going to CCK in Hong Kong and going a wee bit crazy for example getting a bunch of CCK cleavers to give away as presents as I assume they are dirt cheap at the store in Hong Kong as well as getting some other more oddball CCK ones for me.

    Any ideas as to what to buy or places to visit greatly appreciated!

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    Personally i would have to visit both the Masamoto Tsukiji ( http://www.vodkitchen.com/masamoto-tsukiji-knives/ details about and how to get there...) and the Masamoto Sohonten stores... I don't think you will pay much less for synthetics over there. In terms of 'hard to get items' - maybe Tenugui's? (Japanese towel/banner/headbands) nice ones are hard to find outside of Japan.
    CCK would interesting! I think i would have spent enough money in Tokyo alone by that stage...
    Take lots of photos too...

    Hope you have a safe and fun trip!

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    Atomas maybe? Earthenwares?

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    i found none of the knives and accessories were any cheaper there. just enjoy the incredible food.

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    Masamoto Tsukiji looks insanely cool and of course I was going to Tsukiji - any ideas for knife brands to get there??? Do they take credit cards or should I bring lots and lots of yen :- )

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    Quote Originally Posted by gic View Post
    Masamoto Tsukiji looks insanely cool and of course I was going to Tsukiji - any ideas for knife brands to get there??? Do they take credit cards or should I bring lots and lots of yen :- )
    Masamoto is cash only iirc.

    Other Tsukiji shops include Sugimoto, Aritsugu (Tsukiji, home of the A-type, different to Aritsugu Kyuto) and Azuma Minamoto. Don't see much from AMM outside of Japan, might find an interesting piece there.

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    i found none of the knives and accessories were any cheaper there.
    Not true. You can do much better than US prices (I'm assuming that's where you are). However, it'd take a bit of know-how to take advantage, as visiting the usual places won't present you with any amazing deals, maybe just a good experience.

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    Does anyone know where to get those really high end artificial cutting boards like hi soft or asahi in tokyo?? Seems to me because of the weight they might be a lot cheaper in Japan??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timthebeaver View Post
    Masamoto is cash only iirc.

    Other Tsukiji shops include Sugimoto, Aritsugu (Tsukiji, home of the A-type, different to Aritsugu Kyuto) and Azuma Minamoto. Don't see much from AMM outside of Japan, might find an interesting piece there.
    Kyoto, ffs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gic View Post
    Does anyone know where to get those really high end artificial cutting boards like hi soft or asahi in tokyo?? Seems to me because of the weight they might be a lot cheaper in Japan??
    Best deals likely to be if you order on the internet and have it delivered to your hotel. If not, just find large cookery shops.

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