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Kojimachi Sandenbiru 4F 3-5-5, Chiyoda, Tokyo, , Japan

Most tourists come to Kappabashi (Tokyo’s “Kitchen Town”) to pick up plastic sushi key chains and refrigerator magnets, but the real find is the wooden black-and-red lacquerware at Tanaka. Lacquerware is surprisingly easy to care for, and it comes in many shapes and sizes here: small decorative boxes, bowls, chopsticks, bento boxes, and serving pieces.

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Most tourists come to Kappabashi (Tokyo’s “Kitchen Town”) to pick up plastic sushi key chains and refrigerator magnets, but the real find is the wooden black-and-red lacquerware at Tanaka. Lacquerware is surprisingly easy to care for, and it comes in many shapes and sizes here: small decorative boxes, bowls, chopsticks, bento boxes, and serving pieces.