Kawagoe in Saitama is a short train ride just north of Tokyo. This historic city is charming and a great day trip. The downtown “kurazukuri” area is filled with old, wooden buildings and this tall bell tower.
Shinji and I came to Kawagoe to purchase knives for each other. Machikan is on the main street in downtown Kawagoe and I believe is a seventh generation shop.
Here is the noren (banner) in front of Machikan.
Shinji’s knife is the long, yanagibocho, for cutting fish into sashimi slices. I chose a small debabocho, for filleting small fish.
Shinji’s first fish with his new knife was a gorgeous winter hirame, rich with fat.
Machikan Knife Shop
Saitama-ken, Kawagoe-shi, Saiwaicho 7-3
Check out the website for gorgeous photos of the interior of the shop.