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    Friend in Japan willing to ship you stuff...what would you get?

    Just curious. My friend is willing to ship me things so I am thinking of what to ask him to get. Not just knives either...any other cool kitchen related things?

    So far I've asked him to look into the wooden moulds for oshizushi for me.

    Are stones much cheaper and easy to get?

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    A shark skin wasabi greater is sweet for garlic, wasabi, etc and A real Hinoki board would be great too!
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    +1 on those. A real Wasabi root, or even just real Wasabi powder.

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    There aren't any hard & fast rules - price is very dependent on vendors and whatever unique relationships they have with certain companies. For instance, you can get the Naniwa 2k green aoto in America for almost half the price it sells for in Japan. Also, keep in mind most brick & mortar knife stores in Japan stock a very limited selection of stones, mostly Shapton and Naniwa. To get most of the stuff we talk about on the forum, your friend would need to order online (Rakuten has some English support, and will allow him to pay COD so he won't need a bank account).

    Sigma Power is one of the few bargain stone brands you'll be able to find in Japan, because for whatever reason, they don't have a dedicated international vendor. I'd look for the Sigma Power 1k soft version, which is supposed to feel very similar to the Rika, and much faster than a typical 1k. Also, depending on your lineup, you might want to look for the Suehiro Rika 3k and 6k, which come from the same series as the beloved 5k and aren't cheap in the states.

    Similarly, Aritsugu (Tokyo) is the only bargain knife brand you won't be able to find (easily) online... Almost everything else (aside from the assortment of small undiscovered one-man smith operations) can be bought online in America, often for less than what you'll pay in Japan.

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    Great info! I don't want to make him too much trouble so will stick with things easy to find or easy to order online without a lot of research.

    Good call on the sharkskin grater. Anyone know how wasabi root fares during travel say stuck in somebodies luggage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowtyper View Post
    Anyone know how wasabi root fares during travel say stuck in somebodies luggage?
    Keep it loosely wrapped in a damp paper towel, and then in a plastic bag or wrapped in plastic, and it will be just fine. You just don't want it to dry out.

    I would recommend getting smaller roots as well instead of larger roots. That way, you can use one at a time, without having to use a whole large root quickly. They're also less expensive than larger roots. Wasabi from Shizuoka is considered the best.

    I would also get cookbooks. There are so many Japanese cookbooks that are not available here.
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    Going off topic a bit, anyone buy fresh wasabi regularly online and have it shipped? I'd be interested in your experiences with this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowtyper View Post
    Going off topic a bit, anyone buy fresh wasabi regularly online and have it shipped? I'd be interested in your experiences with this.
    I sold fresh wasabi years ago retail (purchased from a wholesaler) and they were fine.

    I purchased fresh wasabi in frozen tubes last year from Pacific Farms. While it's not even close to fresh root wasabi, it's much better than your standard or even your tube "neri" or "hon" wasabi. It was delivered to me frozen in a styrofoam container.

    However, it's been a PITA to get out of the tube because it's so coarse. It will also be a little watery.

    If you have never had real wasabi and have only had powdered paste or tube wasabi, please note that it is not even close to being as hot or spicy as powdered or regular tube wasabi.
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