The street name "Kappa" has two theories. One is that Samurai and soldier made Kappa (raincoat) and hang out to dry them on the bridge at sunny day. Another one is from the popular mythical creature Kappa. Merchant named Kihachi Kappaya who funded to build roadside canals to stop flood. But it didn't work well. Kappa was moved Kihachi's good intention and helped him.
You can see the big chef marks on the building. Here is the entrance in Kappabashi Dougu Street.
The building with the big chef mark is Niimi Co., LTD. Niimi has 107 years old history since 1907. They sell food servise equipment like table-ware, china-ware, glass-ware and cooking ware. They usually prohibit people take a photo, but executive director Niimi-san allowed me to take some photos for my blog.
I asked Niimi-san which equipment is sold the most. He said knives. Actually chef in the world come to Japan to buy knives. Japanese knives cut well. Japanese knives are sharpen.
Iron kettle and pot
Pot and kettle
Katata Hakensha was established in 1923. They have 800 lineup with top grade handmade knives. They have a class how to sharpen a knife.
The edge of knives were shining.
You can find many kinds of knives.
I felt Samurai Sole to see these knives.
Pottery ware store
The eye catching big dinosaur is the signboard store.
You can see Tokyo Sky Tree between the narrow sidewalk.
Kappabashi Dougu Street will have its 90th anniversary on October 2015. Kappa Kawataro statue was set up in commemoration of it.
I found a big beetle on the building! The store is the food sample store.
Uniform store "Seven Uniform"
Kappabashi Dougu Street is the nice place to find traditional Japanese culture.
Kappabashi Dougu Street HP: http://www.kappabashi.or.jp/en/index.html