I stumbled upon Akomeya in the NEWoMan department store after drinking my latte at Blue Bottle Coffee next door, and I immediately thought…wow. At first glance, it just seemed like a well-stocked kitchen goods store.
But after wandering around a bit, I realized that Akomeya is a rice specialty shop.
According to their website, Akomeya sells rice that is grown from all over Japan. you can buy their rice, and they will polish it for you in store.
(There these gorgeous posters and hand-written signs all over the store, which I’m sure explains the benefits of rice polishing, but unfortunately, I can’t read Japanese, so that means I’ll have to do a little more research on it later).
Akomeya also stocks rice related cooking utensils, such as these wooden onigiri (rice ball) molds, that days after my trip, I still regret not buying. They even thoughtfully come in two different sizes!
And of course, lots of Japanese cooking tools, such as these wasabi graters.
Also these tiny clay pots. I’m not quite sure what they are used for, but I am guessing they are cooking Ochazuke (tea poured over rice)
Another item that caught my eye are these cast iron tomago-yaki pans, by Japanese company River Light. (So many pots and pans, and so little luggage space left)!
Let’s continue to ogle items that I wanted to take home with me to live in my kitchen. Such as this wooden handled enamel pot. So perfect for heating up one-serving sized cups of milk.
I was also seriously tempted by this mini spatula. In another phase of my life, that would have gone home with me. However, I’ve learned the hard way that having a tiny kitchen, does not mean that I can have all the tiny utensils too. But, if you are ever in need of a mini spatula, please know that they do exist in the world, and you might need to hop on a plane to Tokyo to buy one.
There was also several items from the line “Leye,” which specifies that they are a “lady made series.” I’m assuming that the items are tailor made to better fit a woman’s hands (a wild guess here). I saw some interesting items here, such as the Mizukiri spoon, which looks like a short handled slotted spoon, and lots of other tools that I haven’t seen before.
The one item I didn’t know I wanted, until I saw it, was the “miso muddler.” Gosh I love that word, “muddler,” which means to mix, or combine. A miso muddler is most likely a tool that helps incorporate miso into your soup. I love that the two heads on each side of the muddler are different sizes, so you can tailor the amount of miso muddled, according the amount of soup that you are making.
Other irresistible items for me are always kitchen cloths. At Akomeya, there are so many options. You can get ones with their logo embroidered on them, or other various kawaii designs, as shown below.
If you’re looking for a gift suggestion for the favorite foodie/ cook/baker in your life, you can never go wrong with purchasing them some pretty dish towels, wherever you are in the world (hint, hint).
I’ve mentioned this many a time, but I’m so excited about Japanese packaging and label design. I must have delighted (I hope in my own head and not too much out loud) over all the creative labels that I saw during my trip. I’ll just show you a few here, such as this one for lemon soft candy.
One of my favorites is this orange juice packaging~ there’s even a leaf attached! Adorable.
Hopefully, you can see from this post is that Akomeya is a treasure trove of food and lifestyle products. I spent quite a long time there, happily looking through all the products (and fervently wishing I took Japanese, instead of German in high school, so I could read the labels!)
After doing some more research for this blog post, I realized that there is an even bigger location in Ginza, with a restaurant! Definitely on my itinerary for my next trip to Tokyo.
Information: Akomeya| Location: NEWoMAN Department Store, 1 F, Shinjuku | Phone: 03-5341-4608| Hours: 11:00～22:00 |Website: http://www.akomeya.jp/english/
This was not a sponsored post. All experiences, viewpoints and experiences described are my own. I also paid for all items consumed with my own money.