May 18th, 2017

Japan holiday kitchenware purchases part 1

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Hi! We went to Japan on holiday for three weeks during Easter! :) It seems so long ago already… but as you’d probably expect from me, things work a little slow around here (!). So over the next few blog posts, I will like to share some stories with you~!

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Fact: Being on holiday makes my purse strings loose. Because;
a) many things look unusual and the ‘what if I never-EVER get the chance to buy it?’ factor comes in to play.
b) the little devil that sits on the shoulder whispers… “Oh go-on…!” and “It’ll make a nice memento!” in to my ear.
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Fact: The prices are in a different currency than what I’m used to, and I can’t be asked to convert every single price in the head. Not to mention that I’m weak at maths anyway. And the rose-tinted desire of it makes it seem cheaper.
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Fact: I’m a sucker when it comes to kitchenware…, it’s borderline shopaholic. “Hi, my name is Tamami and I am a kitchenware shopaholic.” would be my admission speech at one of those self-help get togethers.
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BUT: this time my shopping spree was toned down somewhat…! (o-m-g…)
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Y’know why?
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It’s because I am on a mission to not buy plastic anymore. And guess what this does ~ suddenly, three quarters of kitchen goods in the shops become redundant! Yah, I’m amazed myself.
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It was actually a really liberating moment. I looked around with my plastic-free eyes and by golly, a realisation dawned on me that I was drowning in too much plasticky option before! Honestly, so much crappy stuff out there. It was refreshing to not have to check them out anymore. So with this new concept, some of the shelves didn’t even get a look at and shopping became a breeze as I was able to pinpoint my attention on only certain items.
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I should tell you the other reason why I didn’t buy so much:
To my dismay, I found another solution to purging my spending spree when I took my 9 year old daughter with me to go shopping in the kitchenware district called Kappabashi.
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“Do you REALLY need that mummy?”
“What are you going to use it for?”
“It’s not very nice.”
“That’s too expensive.”
“Can we leave the shop now?”
“It’s boring. I’m tired.”
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These were the words that my daughter uttered while I tried to shop. And my answers to her remarks were;
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“No, not really…” (externally forced to reality check)
“Not sure… But… s-o-m-e-t-h-i-n-g…?”
“…” (the seed of doubt now developing in to a plant, looking down at the item I am dearly cupping in my hand.)
“Yes I know. I know, but…!!!!” (the devil on my shoulder is waning.)
“…” (now I feel silly like a child in a candy shop.)
“okay okay…, let’s get out.” (defeated.)
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She’s right of course, I don’t REALLY need a soup ladle for left-handers, nor an iron stamp to sizzle a pattern on the pancake! She is probably the angel (with a whip mind you!) on the other side of the shoulder that tames the devil that whispers sweet things in to my ear. Lol. That day at Kappabashi I didn’t buy a single thing (shock! horror!), but… dear daughter, I’m so sorry, old habits die hard, as I did sneak a shopping spree on my own on another day at ‘Loft’ and ’Nico And’.
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So, ahem, here are the winnings (pic at top)…
  • Hand carved wooden ladle (perfect for ladling the hot pot?)
  • Sesame seed roasting pan (I used the frying pan for the job before, but no more!)
  • Two wooden rice paddle (no more plastic ones for me~!)
  • Handmade bamboo colander (Lol, yes, I agree, I didn’t ’need’ this, but it looked so cool! It’s made from just one piece of bamboo. The handle is extended and divided and plaited to make the sieve part. Gotta give it for the skills involved.)
  • Wired mesh picky-uppy ladle (It’s hand-wired!)
  • Handmade bamboo brush (I love brushes. Ha, weird statement perhaps? When the tips wear down, you can remove one level of wire and cut the ends to use it for longer. Ingenious!)
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Next instalment coming soon~! xxxxxx

 

4 Comments »

  1. Hello Tamami!
    it’s so lovely to see that you are blogging again! And it was a fun read too! Keep it up! Best, Louise

    Comment by Louise - May 19, 2017 10:26 am

  2. Hello Louise!!!!! That’s so nice of you~! Thank you very much! Will do! x

    Comment by Tamami - May 19, 2017 3:14 pm

  3. Hello Tamami, its lovely to see that you are well on the road to recovery and have been able to make this trip. Wishing you and all of your family the best.

    It’s great that these utensils are still made of wood, they will probably age much better.

    Still miss your raspberry fruit tarts!

    Comment by Michael - May 19, 2017 4:37 pm

  4. Omg! Hi Michael! Absolutely awesome to hear from you! Thank you so much for leaving a comment here! How are you? Are you still abroad? :) and ahhhh…, the fruit tarts… yes, I miss them too! And the carrot cake not to forget! :)

    Comment by Tamami - May 19, 2017 6:10 pm

 

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