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TokyoStreetView: Fake Food and Supplies at Kappabashi-Dori (4K VIDEO)

TokyoStreetView: Fake Food and Supplies at Kappabashi-Dori (4K VIDEO)

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On the tech side of our original video coverage, there's nothing better than the IREX international robotics trade show, or if cars are you thing, the DRiFTWiRED music video shot in the mountains of Tochigi is one of a kind, but we also share more contemplative, day to day slices of Japanese life. In the vein of the latter, we hope you enjoy our latest video feature, presented in beautiful 4K (don't forget to dial up the YouTube resolution!). 

TokyoStreetView 4K Ultra-HD

Episode 12
Fake Food and Supplies at Kappabashi-Dori

かっぱ橋道具街

Have you ever wondered where most Japanese restaurants in Tokyo are purchasing those mouth-watering, but fake, sushi and ramen? Well stop wondering, they were probably purchased in one of the many specialized stores in Kappabashi-Dori!

Located between Ueno and Asakusa, Kappabashi-Dori is almost entirely populated with shops specializing in supplying goods and other kitchenware to Tokyo’s, and indeed all of Japan’s restaurants and cafes. These stores sells pretty much everything from the fake plastic foods for display, to knives, and even ovens and furniture.

To be fair, Kappabashi is not the most exciting tourist destination you may find in Tokyo. Nevertheless it is a place worth checking out if you have an hour or two to spare, especially if you’ve ever dreamed of having your very own fake food sample.

Finally, while it is still unclear from where this street gets its name, it’s similarity with the Japanese mythical creature “Kappa,” or River child (河童), has made it the favorite choice of shop owners for many years. In fact, a few years ago Kappa became the official mascot of the area.

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Japan is a world apart from everything you know. It’s a place like no other, built on centuries of tradition and unrivaled attention to detail. Japan is a cultural Galapagos out of reach for many, and it often remains an untouched mystery even for the lucky few who’ve come to call it their home.

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TokyoStreetView is born of a passion for life in Japan, and the series aims to offer others around the world a chance to enjoy a bias-free experience of its many wonders. Unlike other videos you may find on Japan, TokyoStreetView’s are purely contemplative: our camera(s) are your eyes and our tripod is your chair, just sit with us, relax, and let an amazing world unfold in front of you in a succession of short ~10-second sequences of RAW 4K video.

We hope our passion for this mesmerizing country will touch your heart, and, though our videos, you’ll feel some of the wonder we held from the first day we set foot on this beautiful archipelago.

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