South African Wine Tasting: KWV Cafe Culture (conducted at La Sommeliere in Shizuoka City)

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For all the sake I taste, I also very much enjoys tasting wines what with my roots in Bourgogne, France!
Yesterday I had the occasion to discover an intriguing wine at La Sommeliere, Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka Ciy!

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KMV Cafe Culture, red, 2013!

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It has the particularity of being matured in wooden casks whose inside was seared beforehand!
Grapes is explained as Pinotage, but the grapes involved with Pinot Noir were not mentioned.

Alcohol: 14 degrees. Pretty high, even in South Africa!

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Clarity: quite opaque but very clean
Color: Deep dark red
Aroma: Deep and dry. Cocoa, coffee beans, brown sugar, caramel
Body: Full
Tasting:: Deep and dry attack with welcome spiciness.
Very complex with different facets fighting for supremacy.
Lingers long on the palate.
Prunes, raisins, coffee beans, cranberries, red fruit.
Taste will come as a surprise as the aroma is comparatively more simple and discreet.
Departs on strong notes of prunes with hints of herbs and cherries appearing late.
Turns a lot softer with cheese.
Pairs beautifully with meats, heavy sauces and cheese.

Overall: A very intriguing wine which ought to be kept at least 2 or 3 years before opening it as the tannin is still strong and aggressive with a whole palette of tastes.
Has the particularity to take on much milder, almost sweeter tone with food, especially cheese.
Very complex and elusive.
Would probably please gentlemen than ladies.
Make a point to conduct your tasting in two distinct steps, first on its own, second with strong taste food to allow you to discover two totally different characters!

LA SOMMELIERE

420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 7-5, Aiseido Bldg, 1F
Tel. & Fax: 054-266-5085
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00
Closed on Sundays & National Holidays
Entirely non-smoking!
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Japanese Fish Species 10: Kurosoi/Black Rock Fish

Kurosoi/クロソイ/Black Rock Fish-Schlegel’s Black Rockfish (Latin name: Sebastes schlegelii Hilgendorf,1880) is a rock fish/scorpion Fish variety even rarer than Ainame/アイナメ/Fat Greening for the simple reason that it is one of those fish great not only for its taste but for its angling challenge!

Also known as Kurosui and Kurokara (and many local names), it is caught south of the Hokkaido Island along rocky coasts as well as off the Korean Peninsula and China.
Great efforts are presently spent on the possibility of raising them either by semi-natural methods or completely raised from egg to adult state in human-controlled environment.
Its flesh can be appreciated in any form of gastronomy, raw or cooked.

Sashimi plate.

Rare as sushi! (two on the left!)

Slow-cooked as Japanese-style aquapazza!

Its head, tail, fins and bones can be turned into a succulent Japanese-style miso bouillabaisse with other seafood!

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Sanwa Brewery-Garyubai Gohyakumangoku Junmai Ginjo Genshu Fukurotsuri Shizuku (conducted at La Sommeliere in Shizuoka City)

I don’t mind repeating it all the time but I prefer conducting sake tastings in the right environment but not many places are propitious for that exercise or willing to help.
But La Sommeliere in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City is certainly becoming a habit as not only I can conduct my tasting in the best conditions possible but also exchange views at the same time!

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Now, what sake did I taste this time?
It certainly makes for a long name!

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Sanwa Brewery (Shizuoka city, Shimizu ku): Garyubai (brand name) Gohyakumangoku (sake rice name) Junmai Ginjo (no pure rice alcohol blended in) Genshu (no pure water added) Fukuro tsuri shizuoka (natural “pressing” done through a hanged cloth bag!

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Rice: Gohyakumangoku (Toyama Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 55%
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Dryness: + 4
Acidity: 1.4
Bottled in November 2014

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Clarity: very clear
Color: very faint golden hue
Aroma: very fruity. Dryish. banana, lychees, custard
Body: fluid
Taste: very dry and fruity attack backed with puissant junmai petillant and welcome alcohol. Delicious acidity.
Complex: lychees with hints of custard.
Keeps very dry all the way through.
Lingers for a little while before departing with very dry mandarin oranges, coffee beans and dark chocolate.
Practically does not vary with food.

Overall: Would make for the perfect dry aperitif or first drink to be served with light appetizers, although it should be enjoyed on its own.
Surprisingly elegant considering the humble Gohyakumanoku sake rice!

LA SOMMELIERE

420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 7-5, Aiseido Bldg, 1F
Tel. & Fax: 054-266-5085
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00
Closed on Sundays & National Holidays
Entirely non-smoking!

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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
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Shizuoka Beer Tasting: Aoi Brewing-Stout

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Aoi Brewing Co.’s latest beer is available on tap at AOI BEER STAND in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City: Stout!

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Served on tap
Barley, Australian Galaxy hop, Sylva hop, Crystal and Maris Otter malts, live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 6.0 %
ABV: XX%
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: very dark brown
Bubbles: Long head. Very fine bubbles. Creamy. milk coffee color
Aroma: lighter than expected. Lightly roasted oats
Taste: Refreshing, deep and solid attack backed up with welcome acidity.
Bread, roasted oats, very dry coffee beans.
True stout, although lighter than expected.
Elegant.
Stay true all the way through. Varies little with food.

Overall: Elegant and easy to drink stout.
Lighter than expected.
Will please ladies and gentlemen who fancy dry beer!

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

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

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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
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ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Wineries, Beer & Sake Breweries, Liqueurs & Spirits Distilleries List in Shizuoka Prefecture

This is the complete list of Wineries, Beer & Sake Breweries, Liqueurs & Spirits Distilleries in Shizuoka Prefecture which will be updated and amended regularly!

WINERIES

SHIZEN

There used to be wineries in Shizuoka Prefecture, especially in the Easternpart, but they all but disappeared due to WWII and new laws making sake brewing easy.

Now, there are two fairly new wineries in a our Prefecture

FUJISAN WINERY

498 Azatakarayama Nebara, Fujinomiya-shi, Shizuoka, 418-0101, Japan
HOMEPAGE

NAKA IZU WINERY

Nakaizu Winery Hills T.S 〒410-2501 Shizuoka Prefecture, Izu City, Shimo Shiraiwa,1433-27
TEL:0558-83-5111

HOMEPAGE

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BEER BREWERIES

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Here is a simple map of Shizuoka Prefecture to help you locate the cities!
The introduction of the breweries are below listed from west to east of Shizuoka Prefecture!
Bear in mind that some cities are really big. Check their homepages and addresses!

HAMAMATSU-TENJINGURA BREWERY

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Hamamatsu-Tenjingura is also a sake, shochu and liqueur brewery!
They produce 3 types of Czech style beers
Hamamatsu City, Naka Ku, Tenjin Machi, 3-57
静岡県浜松市中区天神町3-57
TEL: 053-461-6145
Restaurant and beer hall business hours: 10:30~19:00
Closed on Tuesdays
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

AOI BREWING

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This is the latest Craftbeer Brewery in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Owner Naoki Mando/萬藤直樹さん started with four brews on June 22nd, 20014 but has promised more from July!

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.
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Aoi beer is also available at Aoi Brewery’s two more estabkishments in Shizuoka City, namely

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

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

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AOI BREWING FACEBOOK

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MEIN SCHLOSS

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Mein Schloss in downtown Hamamatsu City is basically a beer hall serving 5 different beers brewed on site
Hamamatsu City, Naka Ku, Chuo, 3-8-1
〒430-8691 静岡県浜松市中区中央3丁目8番1号
Tel.: 053-452-1146
Business hours: 11:00~14:30, 17:00~23:00 (Saturdays, 11:00~23:00). Check on the phone as they are sometimes completely reserved!
Closed on Mondays
HOMEPAGE (Japanese only)

BAYERN MEISTER BIER

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Stephan Rager is the only German national who owns his brewery and makes his own beer in Japan!
He produces 3 types of Bayern-style beers and sometimes does produce beer on order for such clients as the Tokyo German Embassy. He started growing his own hops on site and plans to make real Fujinomiya City beer!
Fujinomiya City, Kami Ideji Kawaharabata, 1254-1
〒418-0103 静岡県富士宮市上井出字河原端1254-1
Tel.: 0544-54-3311 
Business hours: 10:00~21:00 (restaurant meals and parties mainly on reservation)
Closed on Wednesdays
HOMEPAGE (Japanese only)

BAIRD BREWERY

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Bryan Baird has deservedly acquired national and international fame and helped to put Numazu City on the world map!
He produces a very wide range of regular and seasonal beers all year long.
His main brewery is still in Numazu city but he has opened branches in Tokyo and elsewhere. Do check his English homepage (also exists in Japanese)!
Business Hours

1052-1, Oodaira, Izushi, Shizuoka-ken
静岡県伊豆市大平1052-1
Tel.: 0558-73-1225
Business hours: 12:00 pm to 9:00pm, Sat., Sun., Holidays; 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Open Every Day

Numazu City Taproom Address:
〒410-0845 Numazu City, Senbonminato-cho, 19-4
〒410-0845 静岡県沼津市千本港町19-4
Tel.: 055-963-2628
Business hours: Monday, and Wed. thru Friday; 5:00 PM to Midnight, Sat., Sun., Holidays; Noon to Midnight
Closed on Tuesdays
HOMEPAGE (English)

SAMURAI SURFER BEER

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An offshoot of Nippon Beer Co, it produces so far 2 types of craftbeer.
Numazu City, Shimokanuki, Shimoshooji, 3140-5
〒410-0822 静岡県沼津市下香貫下障子3140-5
Tel.: 055-933-1032
Business hours: 09:00~17:00
Closed on Saturdays
HOMEPAGE (Japanese only)

ORACHE WIND VALLEY BEER

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Orache, originally a dairy products company was the first to produce organic microbeers in Japan!
It produces 4 regular brews and seasonal ones, too.
Tago Gun, Kannami Cho (south of Mishima City), Tanna, 349-1
〒419-0105 静岡県田方郡函南町丹那349-1
Tel.: 055-974-4192
Business hours: 09:00~17:30
HOMEPAGE (Japanese only)

GOTEMBA KOOGEN BEER ( MORI NO BEER)

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Owned by Yonekyu Co. it is the largest brewery in Shizuoka Prefecture, but it only partly qualifies as a microbrewery. Produces 5 regular beers plus at least 2 real craft beers and also seasonal beers.
412-0033 Gotemba City, Koyama, 719
〒412-0033 静岡県御殿場市神山719
Tel.: 0550-87-5500
Business hours: Check HOMEPAGE as it has many shops and diners!
HOMEPAGE (English) Also exists in Japanese

KURAYA-NARUSAWA

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Located near Nagaoka Station, Izu no Kuni City, north of Izu Peninsula, it is also famous for looking after an important cultural asset, Hansharo, which has become the name of their 4 regular beers!
Izu no Kuni City, Naka, 272-1
伊豆の国市中272-1
Tel.: 055-949-1208
Opening hours (restaurant and souvenir shop): Monday~Thursday: 11:00~15:00, Friday: 11:00~22:00, Saturday, Sunday, National holidays: 10:00~22:00
HOMEPAGE (Japanese only)

USAMI

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Usami Brewery in Ito City, in the north-eastern part of Izu Peninsula, produces 4 types of craftbeer, but beware that the front label is the same for all. Check the cap or the back label for the variety!
Designated as eco-friendly by the Prefecture!
〒414-0001 伊東市宇佐美3504-1
〒414-0001 Ito City, Usami, 3504-1
Tel.: 0557-33-0333
Business hours: 08:30~17:00
HOMEPAGE (Japanese only)

IZU KOUGEN BEER

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Izu Kougen Beer/Izu Plateau Beer is located in Ito City and serves and sells its 6 beers in a restaurant remarkable for its reasonable traditional Japanese seafood restaurant.
〒413-0231 静岡県伊東市富戸1103
〒413-0231 Ito City, Tomito, 1103
Tel: 0557(51)3000
Business hours: 11:00~21:00 (restaurant)
Closed only 5 days in the year
HOMEPAGE

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SAKE BREWERIES

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Here below is the list of all 30 “kura”/breweries in Shizuoka Prefecture, which were “working” as of May 2014 (with some nuances and notes attached!)
They are listed in a “traditional” order.
Official business names of Breweries are also included. Keep in mind that some breweries also produce brands for individual shops or distributors: “Miwa No sato” by Fujinishiki, “Toro No sato” by Haginishiki, etc. as well as seasonal limited sake with different names.

SHIZUOKA CITY:

1) Suruga Brewery (Suruga Ku Ku): Tenko (also includes: Abekaido, Umifune No Yamahai, Chuemon, Hagi no Kura)

2) Sanwa Brewery (Shimizu Ku): Garyubai (also includes Hagoromo No Mai, Shizugokoro, S-Pulse Brand, Sayo No Mai, Okitsu, Tesshu, Hoosu)

3) Haginishiki Brewery (Suruga Ku): haginishiki (also includes: Toro No Sato, Minami Alps, Surugayoi)

4) Kumpai (Suruga Ku): Kumpai (also includes: Tenryo No Taki, Meguriai, Shizuka, Daikichi, Kogarashi No Mori, Abe no Shizuku, Ra, Sakura, Tsubaki, Resienkashu, Momiji)

5) Masuichi (Suruga Ku): masuichi (includes: Tsurugi)

Following the early death of the owner/brewer the brewery has gone dormant although it keeps its license. Still has some sake for sale in its tanks!

6) Shizuoka Hiraki Brewery: Kihei. Technically, not entirely a Shizuoka Brewery as the original “half” Hiraki Brewery is a brewery in Okayama prefecture owned by Hiraki Company (owned by the Totsuka Family in Kakagawa City), a distributor for Tokyo, Nada and their regions’ major sake,liqueurs, etc.

7) Eikun Brewery (Shimizu Ku): Eikun (also includes: Sumpu No Takajo, Iroha, Kohaku, Hiyaoroshi, Midori no Eikun)

8) Kanzawagawa Brewery: Shosetsu (also includes: Yamada Nishiki, Gin Ginga,Aki Agari)

YAIZU CITY:

9) Isojiman Brewery: Isojiman (also includes: Shumpu, Aiyama)

FUJIEDA CITY

10) Hatsukame Brewery(Okabe): Hatsukame (also includes: Arabashiri, Midori, Kame, Okabe Maru, Kame Shirushi, Kiwami 35, Hyogetsu)

11) Aoshima Brewery: Kikuyoi (also includes Matsushitamai 40, Matsushitamai 50)

12) Shidaizumi Brewery: Shidaizumi (also called Shirasagi, Aoi No Tsuki))

13) Sugii Brewery: Suginishiki (also includes: Fujimai, Touryuumou, Kinnosuke, Taru no Sake)

SHIMADA CITY:

14) Oomuraya Brewery: Wakatake (also includes: Nagai Ki No Hashi, Oikawa Han Kajika, Tansei, Suruga Tansei, Aoimiyagi, Suruko, Shizuoka Oden No Sake, Onna Nakase, Shiro, Take no Kaze, Fuuko, Oyakko, Numazu Uogashi Sushi, Rock Sake, Kaon, Aki no Nama Ippon, Najimi, Sanbyakuton, Juubei, Miya no Mizuku, Shiro, Sagaradako, Hanaoto, Totakozen, Yumei no Tsurubashi, Tenbishi, Shimada Juubei, Namikozo, Okinasagi, Rendaikoshi)

KIKUGAWA CITY

15) Shiromatsu Brewery: Matsuwaka (actually buys its sake and sells under its label)

16) Morimoto Brewery: Sayogoromo (also includes: Sayogoromo No Uta, Kojyo, Aeru No Sato, Sakuretsu Karakuchi, Ma, Shachou No Irasuto, Jizake Koubo-Fujihomare, Sayo no Sanzoku)

OMAEZAKI CITY:

17) Ishikawa brewery: Takamatsu (includes: En’yotakamatsu) (actually buys its sake and sells under its label)

KAKEGAWA CITY:

18) Yamanaka brewery: Aoitenka (also includes: Shin’en, Funaseme, Oniaoi, Yokosuka, Yamanaka)

19) Doi Brewery: Kaiun (also includes: Iira, Takatenjin, Hasei Shokiji, Sakura Hana, Hana No Ka, Yumejikomi, Enshyuu No Shiki, Kaiun Den, Komotaru, Enshyunada, small cask)

IWATA CITY:

20) Senjyu Brewery: Senju (also includes: Senjyushirabyoushi, Senjyu Kuromai, Honami, Maiguruma, Sawayaka 16, Blue Bottle, Nadeshiko, Tsurubara, Jubilo Label)

FUKUROI CITY:

21) Kokkou Brewery: kokkou (also includes: Denichiro, Mori no Ishimatsu, Kinzan)

HAMAMATSU CITY:

22) Hana No Mai Brewery: hana No Mai (also inckudes: Hoho, Tsuu, Shizuka No Mai, Yamada Nishiki, Karakkaze, Hikuma No Uta, Keichu, Susono-private label, Enshu no Gin, Ra-Uogashi-private label, Sushi Tetu-private label)

23) Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery: Shusseijyou (also includes: Ginro, Tenjin,Tobinkakoi, Shussei no Tokuri, Ten, Tengu, Ryu, Mu Jun)

FUJINOMIYA CITY:

24) Fujimasa Brewery: Chiyo No Mine (also includes: Genkotsu, Fuji no Kasagumo, Fuji no Uta, Kin Label, Shiro Label, Hiya, Chiyonomine, Hyoutan Tokkuri)

25) Fuji-Takasago Brewery: Taksago (also includes: Tago No Ura, Raku, Soleil, Aragoji, Utafuku, Sunshu Nakaya, Chinkoku No Yama, Kura No Megumi, Homare Fuji)

26) Fujinishiki Brewery: Fujinishiki (also includes: Ashikubo, Miwa No Sato, Fujigasumi, Homarefuji, Mononofu No sato, Juku, Tokaido Chu, Samutsukuri, Aoi Tokugawa Sandai, Sui, Maboroshi Shiro, Abekawa, YuYU, Odoriko, Umiya Azura, Izu Yama Yama)

27) Makino Brewery: Fujisan (also includes Jirotyou)

Numazu City:

28) Takashima Brewery: Hakuinmasamune (also includes: Shirasago, En)

GOTEMBA CITY:

29) Negami Brewery: Kinmei (also includes: Fugakusen, Gotemba Wakamizu, Wakajun, Fukotagu, Kintaroo no sato, Izumi no Yakata)

Izu City:

30) Bandai Brewery: Arabashiri(also includes: Ban’you, Wakitaya, Kuromaizake, Amagi, Fujihomare, Izu no Sato, Arabashiri)

NOTESs:

1) Kikugenji (formerly of Toyoo Brewery) even sold in Shuzenji, Izu City, is no longer a Shizuoka sake but from a Nada brewery who bought the name before Toyoo Brewery was absorbed by Bandai Brewery in 2003 to be able to sell in its place of origin!

2) Fuuki in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City are not a sake brewery but an alcohol brewing and bottling company from the Nada area, although one of their casks is displayed at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City. They represented (and might even still) the biggest oke-gai in the Prefecture.

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SHOCHU DISTILLERIES

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Recently I was told by a friend/izakaya owner: “there are no shochu in Shizuoka Prefecture!”
Well, I found no less than 38! Actually 37 as one is sold, not brewed, by a sake Brewery. But I don’t include the many “private brands” brewed for individuals or places such as restaurants and hotels!

Below are the existing Distilleries:

Fujieda City

Sugii Brewery: Saisuke (imo/tuber & kome/rice); Chittoratsu (imo/tuber); Imo Otoko (imo/tuber), Hamakomachi (imo/tuber), Kogane-Danshaku (Kogane imo + Danshaku Potato); Soba Shochu (buckwheat) brewed for Soba Saka Kawakatsu Soba Restaurant in Fujieda City.

Fujinomiya City

Fujinishiki Brewery: Kasutori Shochu (kome/rice), Kaguyahime No Sasayaka (mugi/wheat-grain), Hyakushyouitsuki (kuromai/black rice), Fuji no Shizuku, Fuji no Shizuku Kimpaku Iri (Gold flakes) , Fujinishiki Katsutori Shochu (kome/rice), Imonii (Imo/tuber), Fujisan Susono 3776 (kome+cha/rice+tea), Chakkirishi (kome+ocha/rice+green tea), Sachiura (imo/tuber. Sold in Fukuroi City), Sumpujo Shitamachi (kome/rice, private brand), Sumpojo Shitamachi (mugi/grain, private brand)

Makino Brewery: Fuji San Shochu (Mugi/wheat-grain)

Fujimasa Brewery

Chiyozumi/Kasutori Shochu (kome/rice)

Fuji Takasago Brewery
Fuji No Tsuyu (Kome/rice)

Iwata City
Senju Distillery: Inaizumi (rice/kome), HS-40 37 degrees and 25 degrees (kome/rice), Bekko Tonbo (rice)

Hamamatsu City

Hana No Mai Brewery (formerly known as Hisae Brewery): Yaramaika, Kasutori Shochu, Acha No Tsubome, Aratama Shochu, Aratama No Sato, Shizu, Oyaji, Amagi Mine (all kome/rice), Minami Alps Tennen Mizu Shikomi Moromi Tori Honkaku Shochu (kome/rice), Minami Alps Tennen Mizu Shikomi Kasutori Honkaku Shochu (kome/rice), Fuji Tetsu (private brand)

Tenjingura-Hamamatsu Brewery: Douman (kome/rice); Goroshichi (kome/rice); Goroshichi (kome/rice)

Izu City

Bandai Brewery: Wasabi Sake (Wasabi/Japanese green horseradish), Oni no Nenbutsu (kome/rice)

Numazu City

Takashima Distillery (Hakuin Masamune): En, Daippo, Eau de vie (kome/rice)

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WHISKY DISTILLERY

KIRIN

Shizuoka Prefecture accounts for one famous whisky Distillery by Kirn Co. which established itself in the 1970’s at more than 600 meter altitude on the slopes of Mount Fuji in Gotemba City!
Its most famous brand is Fuji Sanroku/富士山麓 (including one 18 years old and a single cask 27 years old!), although it also harbors Robert Brown (2 kinds), Ocean Lucky Gold and Boston Club (2 kinds) Whiskies.
The distillery was renovated on April 16th, 2014.

Fuji Gotemba Distillery

〒412-0003Shizuoka ken, Gotemba City, shibanta, 970
TEL.0550-89-5592
Visits possible.
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Rural Japan and farming in Ooka, Shimada City!

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The other day I found myself with some time on hand in Shimada City and took advantage of it to visit a rural area I hadn’t visited yet, namely Ooka/相賀, deep in rural land at the foot of the mountains north of the city.

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One can board a bus (every hour only) leaving from Shimada Station North Exit next to the Tourist Information Bureau going for for Ooka. It also serves as a community bus and therefore is very cheap. Only 200 yen!

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Bus Terminal at Kami Ooka/上相賀, although the orad continues through the mountains till Okabe.

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I just leisurely walked back and took on the sighs.
Ingenious water wheel!

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Daikon/大根 laid to dry under the sun before pickled as “takuan/沢庵”!

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“Kuchinashi/梔子” flower pods used to colr the takuan a beautiful yellow color!

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Chinese cabbage/Hakusai/白菜 being dried under the sun before being pickled!

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What are these beans laid to dry under the sun!

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Soybeans/Daizu/大豆 being dried before being turned into miso paste!

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What are these?
Daikon/大根!

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And how about these?

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Turnips/kabu/蕪!

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Love those small white vegetables!

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Very fine cabbages/kabetsu/キャベツ!

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Enormous praying mantis/kamakiri/蟷螂! Loved by the farmers for their cannibal habits. Loves to eat evry insect in view!

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The last kiwi fruit of theyear?

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Loquat/biwa/枇杷 tree! Flowers coming out soon!

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Quaint Buddhist figures!

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Harvested rice paddies!

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Sweet potatoes/satsuma imo/薩摩芋!

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Carrots/ninjin/人参!

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Broccoli/ブロッコリー!

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Red chili peppers/tougarashi/唐辛子!

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A small Buddhist shrine!

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With a red cap and apron!

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A large variety of persimmon/kaki/柿! They will have to wait until February before being eaten!

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This is green tea land!

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Ginger/shoiga/生姜!

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A typical Japanese farm house!

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Leeks/negi/葱!

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The last tomatoes of the year?

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Taro/sato imo/里芋!

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Plenty of flowers around, too!
A variety of small chrysanthemums/kiku/菊!

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Marguerites?

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The last fig of the year?

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Bonsai/盆栽/Miniature trees!

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From a different angle!

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Another small Buddhist shrine!

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Winter orenges tree/Fuyu mikan/冬蜜柑!

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A fruit Shizuoka Prefecture is famous for!

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Mandarin oranges/mikan/蜜柑!

Where shall I go next?

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Local Shizuoka Fish & Seafood at Parche Fish Market In Shizuoka City: Including “Red mackerel/Bonnetmouth!

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With the coming of winter, the Fish Market at Parche inside the Shizuoka JR Station is always a great place to make new discoveries and and also find more about the fish regularly caught in Shizuoka Prefecture!

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First of all, it is always a good idea to check the “mixed batch of the day”!

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Wanigochi/鰐鯒/Bartail flathead.
Houbou/方々: red gurnard, red robin.
Inada/イナダ: Young Buri/鰤/Yellowtail.
Isaki/伊佐木、伊佐幾、鶏魚: chicken grunt.
Koshyo (Koshiodai)/胡椒鯛: crescent sweetlips.
Mejina/眼仁奈: largescale blackfish.
Kurodai/黒鯛: Japanese black porgy.
Suzuki/鱸: Japanese seabass, Japanese dace.
Kasago/笠子、瘡魚: False kelpfish, Marbled rockfish.
Shiratai/白鯛: white snapper.
Kawahagi/皮剥: filefish, leather jacket.
Anago/穴子/: conger eel (not from Shizuoka, but from Miyazaki Prefecture)

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impressive Suzuki/鱸: Japanese seabass, Japanese dace!

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Let’s look around for some unusual species first!
Now, what are those vivid red prawns?

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Tougarashi Ebi/唐辛子海老/Red chili prawns!
Actually, it is a variety of large prawn/Botan ebi/牡丹海老 found in Suruga Bay!

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Now, what are those beautiful red fish in the same bucket as mackerels?

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Aka saba/赤サバ/Red mackerels?

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Actually, it is called so only in Suruga Bay and Kanto area. The English name is “Bonnetmouth/Pacific Bonnetmouth”. In other areas of japan it is called “Hachibiki/葉血引”!

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Alright, let’s look at the more common species found in ur Prefecture!
What is this shellfish?

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Asari/浅利/Japanese littleneck, Manila clam!

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Beautiful squids!

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Akaika/赤烏賊: red squid

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Splendid long silvery fish!

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Tachiuo/太刀魚、魛: scabbard fish, cutlass fish!

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Aka kasago/赤笠子、赤瘡魚: rockfish, marbled rockfish, scorpionfish!

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Madai/真鯛: Japanese seabream!

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Karasudai/烏鯛:another name for Ishidai/石鯛: striped beakfish, barred knifejaw!

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Top: Madai/真鯛: Japanese seabream!
Bottom: Azukihata/小豆羽太, another name for Kijihata/雉羽太(also called Akou/茂魚,石茂魚): redspotted grouper!

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Again, Madai/真鯛: Japanese seabream!

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Himekari/姫光: a rare deep sea fish found in Suruga Bay near Numazu City

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Onikasago/鬼笠子、鬼瘡魚: Devil scorpion fish!

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Akahata/赤羽太: Blacktip grouper!

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Higetara/髭鱈: snubnose brotula!

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Kuro Mebaru/黒眼張、黒眼張魚、黒鮴/Black Japanese sea perch!

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Aka Shitabirame/赤舌平目: Red sole

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Kaiwari/貝割: whitefin trevally!

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To finish1
Top: Kasago/笠子、瘡魚: False kelpfish, Marbled rockfish
Bottom: Akahata/赤羽太: an expensive variety of red grouper, epinephelus fasciatus

See you there again soon!

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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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