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MUSASHI JAPAN Crafting Elegance and Sustainability in the heart of Asakusa

Asakusa is renowned for its stunning Sensoji Temple, drawing in countless visitors daily. However, just a few minutes away, lies the extraordinary Kappabashi Street.

A Slice of Japanese Heritage

Nestled right next to Tawaramachi Station, this vibrant street, affectionately known as "Kitchen Town," boasts an extensive array of kitchen essentials, leaving no culinary need unmet. From cutting-edge appliances to specialized cookware and signage, it's a one-stop destination for kitchen aficionados of all levels.

Yet, what truly distinguishes this bustling district are the exceptional Japanese knife shops that call it home - some of the most prestigious in all of Japan. One of the crown jewels among them is Musashi, an immersive and extraordinary establishment. At Musashi, you're not just a visitor; you're a participant in the artistry of Japanese craftsmanship.

Here, you're invited to personally wield their knives, allowing you to experience firsthand the precision and dedication that goes into crafting each blade. It's a place where the world of kitchen tools transforms into an art form, and where you can witness the fusion of tradition and innovation in the hands of skilled craftsmen. Musashi is a testament to the enduring legacy of Japanese cutlery, an experience that beckons you to explore and savor the essence of culinary mastery.

Knife Craftsmanship of Exceptional Quality

Musashi offers a remarkable array of high-quality knives meticulously crafted by some of Japan's most skilled craftsmen. Each blade produced is a masterpiece in itself, a fusion of tradition and innovation that speaks volumes about the brand's dedication to perfection.

Musashi's collection spans the spectrum, catering to the needs and preferences of both professional chefs and culinary enthusiasts. From traditional Japanese styles like Santoku and Gyuto to specialized knives designed for precision tasks, Musashi offers a blade for every purpose, each characterized by impeccable balance, razor-sharp edges, and enduring durability. When you hold a Musashi knife in your hand, you're not just wielding a tool; you're embracing a legacy of craftsmanship that has been refined over generations. Musashi is not merely a brand; it's an embodiment of Japanese artistry and dedication to the culinary craft.

Embracing the Tradition of Carbon Steel Knives

Traditionally, Japanese knives are crafted from carbon steel, which offers an ease of sharpening unmatched by stainless steel knives, ensuring a consistently sharp edge. Musashi embraces this tradition by offering a large set of Carbon Steel knives in its catalog.

However, it's important to note that carbon steel knives demand a more diligent maintenance routine. Unlike their stainless steel counterparts, they are susceptible to rust. If that rust factor worries you, Musashi has a neat solution: Stainless Clad Carbon Steel blades. These knives have a three-layered structure, with a stainless steel exterior and a carbon steel core. It's like having the best of both worlds - the rust resistance of stainless steel on the outside and the amazing sharpness of carbon steel on the inside. Owning a carbon steel knife is like caring for a beloved child - you're encouraged to take charge of their upkeep, sharpening them yourself. This not only ensures their longevity but also instills a profound sense of pride and fulfillment as you master the art of knife maintenance.

Carved "Chokin" Knives

These knives are truly exceptional, adorned with intricate 24-carat gold engravings meticulously crafted by the seasoned craftsman, Takao Asamura.

With an impressive 55-year tenure in the industry, Asamura's expertise and dedication shine through in every delicate stroke of his hand engravings.

Each Chokin knife is not only a practical tool for the kitchen but also a work of art that embodies the essence of Japanese craftsmanship. The fusion of precision, tradition, and the shimmering allure of gold make these knives a unique and luxurious addition to any culinary collection, destined to be treasured for generations to come.

The Eco-Innovative "Tsushima Knives"

In an age where sustainability is paramount, Musashi has taken a bold step forward by partnering with an organization dedicated to cleaning the oceans and transforming marine plastic waste into something truly remarkable. The result of this collaboration is the groundbreaking "Tsushima Knives".

The process behind them is as awe-inspiring as the knives themselves. Ocean-cleaning organizations collect discarded plastics from the beaches of Tsushima, often debris that poses a significant threat to marine life. These plastics are carefully processed and transformed into unique, eco-friendly knife handles.

These handles are embedded with an NFC chip. Scanning it with your smartphone will instantly redirect you to a web page where you can explore in-depth details about the organization's initiatives and Musashi's commitment to fostering a cleaner world for future generations.

An Unforgettable Sake Journey

Musashi's store is not just a place to shop for exceptional knives; it's a destination where you can immerse yourself in the rich culture and flavors of Japan. At the Sake bar on the second floor, you'll not only savor exquisite Sake but also embark on a journey through Japan's diverse and surrounded by the warm glow of Japanese lanterns, the Sake bar offers a sensory experience like no other. You can explore the Strong and Bold Samurai series, which embodies the spirit of legendary warriors, or venture into the Scary and Mysterious Japanese Yokai series, where ancient folklore comes to life in liquid form. Musashi's commitment to excellence extends beyond their knives to curate a Sake selection that caters to both the connoisseur and the curious.

So, whether you're a seasoned Sake enthusiast or simply looking to broaden your horizons, Musashi's Sake bar invites you to savor Japan's liquid treasures while basking in the ambiance of authentic Japanese craftsmanship. It's a place where the art of the blade and the art of the pour come together to create an unforgettable experience.

Celebrating Diversity

The team is a vibrant tapestry of diversity, bringing together individuals from various corners of the globe.

One of the most distinguishing features is the team's multilingual composition, with members hailing from a multitude of countries and cultures.

This diversity is a testament to the commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all valued customers.

Whether you speak English, Japanese, Chinese, German, Spanish, French, or any other language, the team is well-equipped to assist you with expertise and enthusiasm, making your Musashi experience truly international and accommodating to your needs.

Online store

If you're unable to visit their physical store, Musashi offers a stunning website where you can explore their extensive knife collection.

Within their online domain, you'll discover a comprehensive "Knowledge" section designed to assist you at every juncture, whether you're in search of the perfect knife to suit your needs or seeking guidance on how to maintain and care for your newly acquired culinary tools.

Moreover, for those looking to complement their collection with accessories or acquire sharpening stones to keep their knives in pristine condition, Musashi's online platform provides the convenience of ordering these items alongside your knife selection. The website is your gateway to an enriching culinary journey, bringing Musashi's exceptional craftsmanship and expertise directly to your fingertips, no matter where you are.

How to go there

3-8-4 Nishiasakusa Taito city, Tokyo 111-0035
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