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Equipment

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butane torch

Iwatani Culinary Butane Torch

Iwatani is famous for their portable gas stoves and many Japanese families have one, including myself. I've used three different butane torches and this is my favorite. The other two both had problems lighting after only a month, so when it comes to gas-related products in Japan I always go with this brand. And, most important of all, torched foods are awesome!

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Cooking scale

 Digital Cooking Scale

This is my favorite cooking scale I've used so far unlike the other four scales that broke on me. The weight limit (10kg/22lb) is really high, and you can change the measurements (lb:oz / g / fl:oz / ml) just by clicking a button. I also like that the placing plate is made of stainless and very easy to clean.

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SIPHON Coffee maker

 HARIO Coffee Siphon Technica

My wife and I love coffee. When I get tired of drinking instant coffee I use this to make a good batch, usually on weekend mornings with my cats. I also use this siphon for cooking (like making broth). I like how I can reheat the broth later again if I want to which you can't really do with a normal coffee maker.

 
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portable gas stove

Iwatani Portable Gas Stove AMORFO

Iwatani is famous for their portable gas stoves and many Japanese families have a Iwatani gas stove and use it especially in winter when they eat pot dish. This is by far the best gas stove I've used. They improved the efficiency of the burner part and you can heat up a pot with using less gas than other gas stove. This one also finishes a gas bottle until the gas in the bottles is completely gone. Thanks to the safety sensor it automatically turns heat back on in case the heat got turned off while cooking unlike others as well. And, what I like about it the most is that it's just so easy to clean.

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Salad spinner

Oxo Mini Salad Spinner 8 x 8 x 6 in (20 x 20 x 15 cm) 

I haven't use this spinner in my videos but I use this every day when I make salad. It's the easiest salad spinner to clean that I've found so far. Unlike the ones you spin hard yourself, you can just push the button in the middle and it gets rid of more water. I don't like eating saggy wet salad, so this is really helpful for me.

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grater

Microplace Zester/Grater

This is one of the first cooking tools I got when I went to America. It's great for zesting lemon, grating cheese, ginger, etc. Whenever I make tomato sauce pasta I use this to grate some cheese to sprinkle on top of it. It seems like such a small change to your meals but this is one of the tools I'd miss the most if I lost it.

 
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Grindstone

KING 1000/6000 Grit Combination Whetstone with Plastic

Cost performance wise, I think this is the best grind stone I've used. This comes with two different grits you need to make your knives very sharp.  #1000 is the basic grit number you start with and then #6000 makes it very sharp afterwords. If you're interested, I have a video where I used this stone to sharpen my brother-in-law's knives below.

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Grindstone

Zwilling Twin Finishing Stone Pro #250/#1000

What I like about this one the most is that I don't need to soak the stone in water in advance. All you need is to apply a little bit of water on the stone and that's it. You can start sharpening immediately. If your knife chips or becomes very dull, then you should start from 250 grit (lower number = rougher, higher number = finer), then 1000 grit. This is the very basic and first stone you use to sharpen before higher grits. The base has non-slip rubber feet so you can safely sharpen your knives on most surfaces. 

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Grindstone

Zwilling Twin Finishing Stone Pro #3000/#8000

What I like about this one the most is that I don't need to soak the stone in water in advance. All you need is to apply a little bit of water on the stone and that's it. You can start sharpening immediately. This is for people who want to make their knives extra sharp. I'd say #1000 is sharp enough to cut, around #3000 is very sharp, around #8000 is razor sharp and once you experience the taste of it you can go back to lower anymore. The base has non-slip rubber feet so you can safely sharpen your knives on most surfaces. 

 
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Grindstone

Shapton Ceramic Kuromaku #8000

Shapton ceramic kuromaku series is the best sharpening tool I've used. It can produce a super fine edge and works even for knives with high Rockwell hardness. You can just place a wet rag underneath it to make it stable when you sharpen knives but if you're worried there's a sharpening stone holder available (right). 

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Holder

Grind Stone Holder

Rubber grips keep stones sliding during sharpening. You can adjust the rubber grips and this one can hold many grind stones on the market.

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Stropping Block

Zwilling Stropping Block

After sharpening knives, by stropping them you can take them from sharp to razor sharp. When you do it properly, you can tell a clear difference between stropped knives and non-stropped knives. 

 
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Drone

DJI Mavic Pro

I've been using this one for about a year and I love it. It folds down as small as a water bottle and is super easy to carry around. The transmission range is insanely wide (4.3 miles /7km) and it can fly up to 40mph (64kmh). I'm just a grandchild of farmers living in the countryside of Japan and surrounded by rice paddies. There's not really cool stuff in my city but I'm now very happy to share the sight of places I grew up in with a birds-eye view. 

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Camera

Panasonic Lumix GH5 +  LEICA Vario-Elmarit professional lens

This is the best camera I've ever used and the performance is just great in many ways. Its 4k(60fps) video is especially beautiful and smooth. The list of what this camera is capable of just keeps going on and on and I don't have enough space here so please check the info below yourself if you're interested.