Fresh ingredients make a good meal, but the execution of those ingredients is just as crucial. And that’s where the tools come in. KAMA-ASA Shoten is one of the leading stores in Tokyo’s Kappabashi-dori. Also known as “Kitchen Town,” Kappabashi street is almost entirely populated with shops supplying the restaurant trade. While it originally opened as a foundry shop in 1908 by Kumazawa Minosuke, the store changed its name to KAMA-ASA and is now run by its fourth director, Kumazawa Daisuke. With over 100 years of history, the store provides quality tools that serve a purpose – to provide users with the utensils necessary to execute the best versions of their gastronomic creations.
KAMA-ASA’s storefront showcases some of their signature restaurant tools; however, they’re known for carrying a large variety of high-quality Japanese knives. KAMA-ASA acts as the middleman between customers and the craftsmen who create these tools themselves. Through understanding the user’s skills and needs, their staff can suggest knives with specific blades, grips, and handle sizes. In addition to complimentary engraving services, aftercare maintenance such as sharpening and repairs are also provided.
Besides Japanese (and Western) knives, KAMA-ASA also sells hammered iron pans made by hand, which allows for even oil dispersion across the surface. Cast iron tools like graters and pots are also available along with iron stoves and grills. Each product on the shelves at KAMA-ASA reflects the craftsmanship and technique of the artisans who created it.