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Default Going to Tokyo - where should I visit?

"DogMa" > wrote in message
> Thitherflit wrote:
>> TokyoB suggested department stores. In particular, I would suggest
>> Takashimaya *in* *Shinjuku*. During daytime hours, they have multi-
>> lingual interns at the service desk who can help out.

> I haven't bought tea in the big department stores, since it's so much fun
> to browse the tea-only shops. Never found one where they spoke English,
> but their unfailing courtesy still made it productive. In the ones I
> explored, teas seemed to be arranged around the shop by price, which
> helped a bit.
> I did buy a fair number of kyusu and other pots at Takashimaya and some
> other big stores. Very reasonable quality and prices. If you have time,
> though, dedicated teapot shops are stunning in quality and variety.
> Stopping into one by happenstance near Ueno, I picked up a large, finely
> finished nut and bolt that were sitting on the counter. They were almost
> weightless. With my 300 or so words of Japanese (mostly for food) and the
> proprietor's complete lack of English, it took a while for him to explain
> that they had been made from the same fine-grain clay as the pots -
> possibly a production engineer having a little fun, or a promo gift for
> dealers? I immediately tried to buy them; not for sale at any price. I did
> select and purchase two fine kyusu (still my favorites), after which he
> kindly presented the nut and bolt to me gratis. Japanese courtesy is
> unexcelled in my experience.
> Not to be missed by foodies: Kappabashi, the half-dozen blocks of
> restaurant supply shops. I learned about this area years ago when I asked
> a local Japanese restaurant owner where she got her sushi knives. She told
> me that the really good ones couldn't be bought in the US, and said that
> she traveled to Kappabashi-dori once a year to stock up. In three trips to
> the zone over a couple of decades, I picked up a multitude of culinary
> tools and toys, and was even recognized by some of the shop owners. Alas,
> with the yen no longer at 160 to the dollar, it might be a while before my
> next visit.
> Enjoy!
> -DM

Thanks for the advice. I'll go shopping with my son, who's Japanese is
certainly better than mine.