Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Masu Ichi Brewery-Dai Ginjo (November 1988!)

My constant research on Shizuoka Prefecture sake and sake breweries led me some years ago to meet Mr. Toshihiro Matsunaga/松永俊宏さん, owner of Matsunaga Liquor Shop in Shizuoka City, who has been collecting and safely storing at low temperatures sake from all over Shizuoka Prefecture and some outside for no less than 30 years!
I paid him a long overdue visit the other day to talk about his treasures and purchase one of them for tasting!

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Dai Ginjo by Masu Ichi Brewery (Shizuoka City) bottled in November 1988!
Founded in 1882, Masu Ichi Brewery last produced sake until 2011 under master brewer Denjirou Masui/増井伝次郎杜氏 who left this world at the young age of 49. The brewery has been dormant since then but will hopefully be reborn with the coming of age of his son who has vowed to continue in the steps of his celebrated father!
There are still some last bottles but they certainly are to find and any who does proudly announces it!

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Rice: Yamada Nishiki
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in November 1988

Clarity: still very clear!
Color: light golden hue
Aroma: dry and fruity. melon, banana, chocolate
Body: fluid, a little sirupy
Taste: very fruity and dry attack with only a little petillant on the late.
Complex: melon, banana.
Lingers for a little while before departing on notes of dark chocolate and chestnuts.
very pleasurable and easy to drink.

Overall: A remarkably well preserved true beauty for such an sake!
Not only drinking but savoring history!
Very soft on the palate with only a little petillant springing up at the end.
No need to accompany it with food! It is simply too precious!
To be valued and enjoyed like a very fine old vintage top-class wine!

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-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
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Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

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Mr. Osamu Kurosawa’s Home In Ieyama, Shimada City! (Third Visit!)

I finally managed to pay a belated visit to my good friend Osamu Kurosawa in Ieyama, Shimada City!
Mr. Osamu Kurosawa, a very old friend of mine, decided after retirement as an officer at the Shizuoka Municipal Library to buy an old farm house in Ieyama, Shimada City for a meaningful life, now that he has plenty of time not only to really enjoy it but to make other people also share his pleasure.
Osamu is actually the recognized expert on Shizuoka, especially Shizuoka City, history and culture and has already published a number of books and papers on it.
He does not intend whatsoever to rest on his laurels and has embarked on a mission to promote the town he is presently living in.
He has just registered his home a member of Japanese Airbnb under the name, “Shimada Ieyama Shounso”, to provide cheap accommodation with all necessary facilities for people and tourists wishing to experience the real Japanese rural life in the “outback” of Shizuoka Prefecture!

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The small farmhouse has been completely refurbished for comfort and everyday life at a walking distance from Ieyama Station along the Oigawa Railway Line extending from Kanaya, Shimada City to Ikawa in the Japanese Southern Alps!

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The view from the first floor entrance!

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It stands by real tea fields of Kawane, producing top-class green tea in Japan!

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The entrance itself gives a good indication of what to expect inside!

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Ask Osamu to translate his own life’s philosophy!

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I have already described the interior during my first visit and second visit.
The place has been considerably reformed since, especially the kitchen and the tatami room here above!

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The guest room on the second floor! Sorry, it was a bit dark when I visited it!

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It has its own terrace!

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A real Japanese atmosphere!

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The place is still full of artifacts and real history and antiques that Osamu will have a pleasure to introduce to all!

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But my favorite place is still the Japanese traditional hearth (irori/囲炉裏), whatever the season!

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Always ready for a cooking fire!

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A landscape pot made with local wild plants!

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Osamu went as far as to create his own coasters and under-plates!

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I had brought a very unusual sake from Niigata prefecture for Osamu who is a great lover of good food drink!

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We shared around a barbecue of enormous chicken wings cooked over charcoal!

Looking forward to the next visit!

Do visit Osamu Kurosawa on his FACEBOOK blog as he is fluent in English and Spanish!

OSAMU KUROSWA/黒澤修さん

Shimada City, Kawane Cho, Ieyama, 763-2
Tel.: 09085525739

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-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
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Shizuoka Craft Beer: Aoi Brewing-E-KAN Bitter

While Aoi Brewing in Shizuoka City is celebrating its first year in business, its affiliated bar, Aoi Beer Stand in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City is celebrating his second year!

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For its first Anniversary Aoi Brewing concocted a limited brew: E-KAN Bitter!

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Served on tap
barley, Maris otter malt, Pilsner malt, single hop=Australian Galaxy, live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol/ABV: 5.9%
Bubbles: very fine bubbles Longish head, creamy, white color
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: deep lemon-orange color
Aroma: deep. Citruses.
Taste: refreshing, very acidic approach.
Fruity: lemon, citruses.
Lingers long enough for true tasting before departing on an even more acidic note.
Changes little with food.

Overall: very fruity and bitter craft beer.
The perfect craft beer for bitter lovers!
Mind you, far more bitter than your usual British bitter!
To be enjoyed on a hot afternoon!

Beer Junkie MOTEL

420-0035 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shichiken Cho, 11-5, IMAKKOKO Bldg. 1F
Tel.: 054-253-6558
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00, 17:00~26:00 (Saturday), 15:00~22:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Tuesday
Parties welcome
FACEBOOK

BEER GARAGE

Aoi Brewing Co.,Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyagasaki Chyo, 30
Tel.: 054-294-8911
Opening hours: 17:00~23:00 (Monday~Friday), 15:00~23:00 (Saturday), 15:00~22:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Tuesdays
COD, Cash On Delivery only for all orders.
MAP
FACEBOOK

AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK
FACEBOOK

Some Aoi beers are also available at Aoi Brewery’s restaurant in Shizuoka City, namely

GROWSTOCK

420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Koyamachi Naka Building, 5F
Tel.: 054-293-9331
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00 (Mon.~Thurs.), 17:00~27:00 (Fri & Sat.), 17:00~24:00 (Sun.)
Parties welcome (reserve!)
Credit Cards OK
FACEBOOK

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-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
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Shizuoka Craft Beer: Aoi Brewing-IBUKI

While Aoi Brewing in Shizuoka City is celebrating its first year in business, its affiliated bar, Aoi Beer Stand in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City is celebrating his second year!

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This beer, called IBUKI (meaning “sigh” in Japanese) was conceived by young second brewer, Koudai Fukuyama/福山康大さん!
It is difficult to classify although its concept is similar to that of an amber ale.

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Served on tap
barley, wheat, barley malt, wheat malt, Maris otter malt, Caramel malt, Munich malt, German malt, Low step valley malt, Sylva hop, Summer hop, Topaz hop, Suruga Elegant peels, Live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol/ABV: 5.9%
Bubbles: very fine bubbles Long head, creamy, white color
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: deep orange
Aroma: refreshing, fruity and deep. Citruses.
Taste: Refreshing, fruity and deep attack.
Oranges, bread.
Lingers long enough for true tasting before departing on a somewhat acidic and markedly drier note with hints of biscuits.
varies little with food

Overall: A craft beer for all seasons and all genders any time of the day and night!
Solid, reliable, and tasty!
The concept of IBUKI is to bring you solace after a hard day!

Beer Junkie MOTEL

420-0035 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shichiken Cho, 11-5, IMAKKOKO Bldg. 1F
Tel.: 054-253-6558
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00, 17:00~26:00 (Saturday), 15:00~22:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Tuesday
Parties welcome
FACEBOOK

BEER GARAGE

Aoi Brewing Co.,Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyagasaki Chyo, 30
Tel.: 054-294-8911
Opening hours: 17:00~23:00 (Monday~Friday), 15:00~23:00 (Saturday), 15:00~22:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Tuesdays
COD, Cash On Delivery only for all orders.
MAP
FACEBOOK

AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK
FACEBOOK

Some Aoi beers are also available at Aoi Brewery’s restaurant in Shizuoka City, namely

GROWSTOCK

420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Koyamachi Naka Building, 5F
Tel.: 054-293-9331
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00 (Mon.~Thurs.), 17:00~27:00 (Fri & Sat.), 17:00~24:00 (Sun.)
Parties welcome (reserve!)
Credit Cards OK
FACEBOOK

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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
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Shizuoka Izakaya: Tanuki no Ana Celebrating Their 35th Anniversary!

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Service: very kind and attentive
Equipment and facilities: overall a bit old but very clean
Prices: appropriate~a little expensive
Strong points: at least 23 sake from Shizuoka Prefecture!

Makoto and Chieko Naruoka/成川岡真・千恵子さん are celebrating the 35th Anniversary of their izakaya, Tanuki no Hana/狸の穴 (the racoon’s lair!) until July 10th!

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The place has little changed over the years!

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It is not the oldest izakaya in town but is certainly the oldest izakaya specialized in Shizuoka Prefecture sake!
Have a look at the sake labels on the window and you will discover some breweries that have long ceased to exist!
Makoto san in particular will happy to reminisce!

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For their anniversary, Makoto and Chieko offer a special daily selection of five sake for only 500 yen a glass with a complimentary glass of draft beer!
Now, if you give them your name, size, phone number and e-mail address before the 10th you might become the lucky winner of a commemorative T-shirt!

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A snack is also offered for 500 yen!

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If you are a regular or give them any reason to like you they will probably come up with a complimentary snack!

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I had three sake on offer that day:
Kinmei Junmai by Negami Brewery in Gotemba City!

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Takasago Junmai Karakuchi (+10) by Fuji Takasago Brewery in Fujinomiya City!

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Sayogoromo Junmai Karakuchi by Morimoto Brewery in Kikugawa City!

If you want not only to taste fine Shizuoka Sake but also learn about their history and anecdotes, Tanuki no Ana is the place!

TANUKI NO HANA/狸の穴

Makoto & Chieko Naruoka/成岡誠。千恵子さん
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Ryogae Cho, 2-2-5 (near Aoba Park Street)
Tel.: 054-255-6704
Opening hours: 17:00~23:00
Closed on Sundays & National Holidays
Credit Cards OK

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ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Sanwa Brewery Garyubai Junmai Ginjo

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The interesting things with Sanwa Brewery in Shizuoka City is that they can come up with two different sake with exactly the same specs but a totally different taste as shown with this Garyubai Junmai Ginjo and the precedent limited edition, Garyubai Junmai Ginjo “Ryoufuu Natsuzake”!

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Rice: Gohyakumangoku (Toyama Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness: + 5
Acidity: 1.3
Bottled in May 2015
Clarity: very ;ear
Color: very faint golden hue
Aroma: Dry and fruity. Strong bananas.
Body: fluid, a little sirupy
Taste: Dry and fruity attack backed with pleasant junmai petillant.
Complex: bananas, custard, hints of nuts and greens.
Lingers for a while before disappearing with drier bananas, custard and faint notes of dark chocolate.
Varies little with food but for a drier note and more noticeable greens.
Late appearance of coffee beans.

Overall: very straightforward dry and pleasant sake obviously conceived to be enjoyed with food.
Eminently enjoyable on its own slightly chilled.
Should be drunk at room temperature with food, though. Will the show more facets!

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Organic Japanese Plums Harvesting in Higashimine, Shizuoka City, with Marufuku Seicha Co.!

Last Sunday Asami Itoh/伊藤麻実さん, the young owner/manager of Marufuku Tea Company/丸福製茶株式会社 in Shizuoka City invited once again to participating to the harvest of organic Japanese Plums/Ume/梅 in her family-owned land up in the mountains of Shizuoka City!

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The weather was not that great, what with fog and drizzle, but it was more comfortable than last year when it blazing hot!

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Higashimine/東峰 is up in the mountains of Shizuoka City along the Abe River, not far from Umegashima.
It does take some time to reach it by car, but the trip itself is a joy whatever the weather with all the grand unadulterated views along the way!

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There is even a small ancient Shinto Shrine to look after you there, at 1,000 meter altitude where the highest tea fields in Japan can be found!

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It is a very steep way down from there but Japanese farmers are well equipped with these gasoline driven “mountain tracks” to carry heavy equipment and crops!

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A real free fall, I can guarantee you!

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Asami invites every time to ride down with her, and I refuse every time!

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The rest of us just walk down.
Mind you, you do have to be fit and cautious!

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Japanese cedars (cryptomeria) everywhere!

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Walking past lone neighbors’ farmhouse!

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We can stop at a nice little traditional farmhouse built by Asami’s late father!
In need we could stay there overnight!

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Very traditional Japanese atmosphere!

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The field in front of the house with many old plum trees which haven’t seen any fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides for the last 25 years!
The place is regularly invaded by wild boars, monkeys, civets, deer and even bears!
They will not show up with all the noise we make, but we do have to look out for the occasional leech!

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The baskets used for the harvest!

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Asami and her younger sister plucking the trees under the drizzle!

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The plums have to be picked just before they ripen, otherwise they will naturally and very quickly ferment!

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Japanese plums are not edible raw, but are used to make umeboshi/salted plums, umeshu/ume sake, ume jam and so forth!

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Harvest piling up!

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Still not complete.
We must have harvested about 80 kg that day, although the crop was not impressive this year!

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The only “monster” of the crop!

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Once the crop finished we sorted it we put it on the “railway”!

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It was time for lunch while the watermelon was cooling down!

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Like last year I was the one in charge of cutting it!

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Great dessert!

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Cleaning up and getting ready to climb back to the car park!

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Asami starting the train and going ahead of us!

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By then, it was almost pouring, but the mountain views were beautiful!

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See you there again next year!

Marufuku Tea Factory (Owner: Ms. Asami Itoh/伊藤麻実さん)
420-0006 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Wakamatsu, Cho, 25
Tel.: 054-271-2011
Fax: 054-271-2010
Mobile: 090-3250-4188

CHA-O (Director, Ms. Asami Itoh/伊藤麻実さん)
420-0006 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Wakamatsu Cho, 94
Tel: 054-253-8421
Fax: 054-253-8413
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Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
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-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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