Japanese products have world-class popularity and are both convenient, and easy to use. Tokyu Hands in Shibuya has 24 departments and the selection of products is second to none. LIVE JAPAN has invited Mr. Kamiguri, a clerk from the Shibuya branch’s kitchenware department, to help showcase ten items designed to make everyday living just a bit more convenient.
We’re certain you’ll get the urge to buy more than a few of these imaginative items, and remember: If you spend over 5,000 yen, you’re eligible for a tax exemption!
Mr. Kamiguri’s work experience has given him a vast knowledge of manufacturers and products available in the kitchenware department, and his first recommendation is a unique drink filter. He says, "The coffee made with this filter is really delicious!"
1. 39 Arita Drink Filter
Upon close inspection, you can see the tiny ceramic grains that make up this amazing filter, but what you can’t see is the porous design that filters impurities out of your drinks. Hand made in the well-known ceramics manufacturing town of Arita in Saga, Kyushu, these eco-friendly drink filters are reusable, far more efficient than paper or cloth filters, and easy to clean. While primarily used for coffee, the 39 Arita filter is equally suitable for tea, or even wine.
2. Takoyaki Plate
If you’re a fan of Japanese grilled octopus balls – takoyaki – then the next item is for you! The Iwatani takoyaki plate is made of a processed fluororesin material that makes it difficult to burn food. Easily used with a table-top gas stove, this popular item is also handy for preparing a variety of bite-sized dishes including fried rice balls, al ajillo, escargot, pizza, and even doughnuts.
3. Mama's Hand
These “handy” little things are perfect for keeping cling wrap from clinging to delicate foods. Now that left over slice of cake will still look great tomorrow and none of icing will go to waste. By simply placing two or three of Forall’s Mama’s Hand wrapping arms at the edge of a plate before wrapping leftover food, you’ll protect food from losing its shape. These smiley helping hands are microwave safe and come in a convenient three-pack.
4. Food Smoker – Quick and Easy
The Green House compact food smoker allows you to easily smoke delicious side dishes in about ten minutes. This convenient battery-powered smoker comes with three flavors of smoking wood: sakura, apple, and hickory. A recipe booklet is also included and the instructions are easy to follow, even for beginners. It’s a great product for use at picnics or at home.
5. Cabbage Shredder
Nonoji has long been associated with school lunch supplies in Japan, and now you can rely on that same reputation for quality and creativity in your own kitchen. The high-precision sawtooth blade and “finger ring design” of this cabbage shredder make it easy to get perfectly shredded cabbage, giving your salads or garnishes just the right look. Also useful for other vegetables, it’s a must have for any kitchen!
6. Rice Spoons
Made of non-stick materials, the Marna Ultra Rice Spoon is a dependable, mess-reducing serving utensil. The meticulously designed length, shape, materials, and production of this rice spoon truly make it a “premium” item. If you’re more interested in a traditional spoon, Manyo’s basic rice spoon, carved from eucalyptus wood, is a great choice.
7. Universal Egg Beater
The ringed mixing end of Suncraft’s universal egg beater is designed to thoroughly mix the yolk and egg white for softer, fluffier omelettes. The mixing loop can even be used for mixing powdered drinks without leaving any sediment at the bottom of your cup. The other end of the beater is a convenient 2cm spatula, doubling the usefulness of this simple utensil.
These light, yet durable tongs were designed Aux with two advantages in mind. As part of the “Lady Made Series” they are primarily intended to avoid wear and tear on the elaborately manicured nails popular among many Japanese women. They can also save any cook’s hands and fingers from the lingering scent of strong-smelling foods like garlic or sliced meat. The no-nonsense stainless steel design makes this a tasteful addition to your kitchen.
9. Pro Scissors
A second recommended product from Suncraft, these pro-grade kitchen scissors were designed with the input of professional chefs. The handles are soft and comfortable to use and the blades suitable for more kitchen tasks. Best of all, the blades can be separated for cleaning, ensuring a highly sanitary pair of scissors. After using these, you’ll never want to go back to using traditional scissors!
10. Sesame Seed Grinders
Despite their small size, sesame seed are rich in nutrients. These little seeds have long been a staple of the Japanese diet and are used to season vegetables, udon noodles, soba noodles and many other dishes. However, in order for the nutrients to be absorbed by the body, the seeds must be ground into powder. Our final two items are standards for meeting the sesame grinding needs of Japanese families and restaurants. The simple mortar and pestle produced by Yamako is akin to the more traditional grinding method.
Nagoya KK Kakudai Sangyo’s “Slicky N” sesame seed mill is a self-contained way to both store and grind sesame seeds. The classic Slicky N is found on noodle shop tables throughout Japan.
Tokyu Hands Shibuya Store(株)東急ハンズ 渋谷店
- Address : 12-18, Udakawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 10:00 - 21:00, seven days a week
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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