Great news for tourists visiting the Tokyo’s hottest destination, Tokyo Sky Tree. You don’t have to go to Kappabashi to get your plastic food samples. Ganso Shokuhin Sanpuruya has a branch in the new Solamachi shopping mall. The original store is in Kappabashi and is very popular.
Here you’ll find the great plastic food samples that are usually found in front of restaurants. As well as many miniature versions for refrigerator magnets or keychains. And, for the very creative, you can pick up your own kit to make your own bowl of plastic food like spaghetti or ramen at home.
I have a few sushi magnets and love them. Great gifts for your foodie friends.
Ganso Shokuhin Sanpuruya 元祖食品サンプル屋
Solamachi East Yard 4th Floor
10:00 – 21:00 daily
*photos come from the Sky Tree Solamachi site and the Ganso site.
Kappabashi is filled with treasures, gadgets, and tools for anyone passionate about cooking. These refrigerator sushi magnets are always fun gifts.
Iron Tea Pots
Iron tea pots are said to soften the water that result in tea that is round on the palate. These sturdy pots retain heat and are gorgeous on any table. Some do rust easily so they are a little bit high maintenance but worth it for anyone who drinks a lot of tea.
Ceramic Rice Cookers – Donabe
I love the results of my ceramic rice cooker. The aroma of the rice is better than rice cooked in electric rice cookers. And, the best part is that if cooked properly, there is a lovely “okoge” or charred crust that develops on the bottom of each pot. Before you purchase ask about the sizes. The smallest ones cook two cups of rice which is good for one or two people, but if you are cooking for a larger group you will want to invest in a larger size pot.
Chopstick Rests – Hashioki
These lovely chopstick rests (hashioki) brighten up any table. Sizes and shapes run the spectrum. Best of all, there are seasonal varieties which keep me coming back to see what I can add to my collection.
Most visitors to Kappabashi expect to find several shops selling plastic food samples including key chains, clocks, magnets, cell phone straps, and full size samples. There are only a handful of shops but they will not disappoint. This one in the photo above is one of Maizuru’s shops (there are two).