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Shizuoka Beer Tasting: Aoi Brewing-Bitter Ale

Yesterday I finally managed some free time to taste Aoi Brewing’s new beer at Aoi Beer Stand in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City: Bitter Ale!

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Bitter Ale is part of Ai Brewing’s second batch which includes Summer Stout!

Incidentally we will be able to savor the third batch from mid-August with 4 types: Alt, Brown Ale, IPA and Stout!

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Served on tap
Barley, barley hops, live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 4 degrees
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: orange
Bubbles: very fine. Short head, white
Aroma: discreet and dry. Roasted oats.
Taste: Very refreshing and dry attack.
Roasted oats, bread, hints of oranges.
Pleasantly lingers for a while in back of the palate.
Later appearance of nuts.
Not really as its name would suggest, but dry with some gentle acidity.
Changes little with food but for stronger oranges.

Overall: Very refreshing beer, far better than owner Naoki Mando would admit.
Great thirst-quenching craft beer with a twist!

AOI BREWING

Temporary address:
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

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

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

and Mando:

Mando, Neo Japanesque Bar
420-0031, Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Gofuku Cho, 2-4-6, Mori Blg, 1F
Tel/Fax: 054-221-5103
Business hours: 17:00~26:00
Parties possible on 2F
Credit cards OK

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Miwa Shrine (三輪神社) in Shizuoka City!

As I was cycling along the Abe River in Shimo (下), Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, I barely noticed this torii gate on my right against the wooded slope!

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Naturally I turned back, got off my bicycle and started exploring the alley between old cedars past the torii gate!

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What is that in the distance?

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Getting nearer!

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A hand-washing stone basin and its awning!

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Very unusual hand washing stone basin!

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Stone lantern at the bottom of a flight of stairs!

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The flight of stairs leading to the main shrine!

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Very much against a steep slope!

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The main shrine!

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The guarding lions!

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The smiling lion guard!

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Its roaring counterpart!

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The money offerings box!

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An offering of red beans from a local farmer!

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The shrine has been used for a long time by local farmer as witnessed by the old photographs!

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The back of the shrine sheltering festival tools and an altar!

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Looking back at the hand washing stone basin downstairs!

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i discovered an older and smaller flight of stairs almost hidden on the right!

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An older and smaller shrine!

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The rice straw garland proves it is still much venerated!

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The roofing is in good repair!

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Looking down at the main shrine!

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Robust roofing there, too!

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Pleasant atmosphere!

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Many old names of local faithfuls!

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I tried to peek inside to look at the altar but it was too dark!

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That is how I found the name of the shrine!

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This seemingly old picture was taken in 1975!

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Rural Japan!

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Good-bye Miwa Shrine!

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Oi Shrine (大井神社) in Shimada City (1)!

Oi Shrine (大井神社) in Shimada City is not only big but it is actually a whole collection of big and small shrines which accumulated there with times because of so many people having to stop there in Edo Times before crossing the very wide and dangerous Oi River.
As I visit Shimada City regularly, I think it is better to describe it in smaller articles in the near future than going into a unending story!
Let just me show what I took yesterday!

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The famous statues of the Obi Festival which takes pplace every 3 years! The next one will be in 2016!

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Japanese garden and river!

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The entrance to the small bridge over the stream!

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A large lantern!

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One of the many hand washing basins!

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The whole complex is surrounded with low stone walls and streams!

The following pictures were taken a little later just at dusk!

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One of the side entrance torii gates!

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Lighted lanterns under venerable trees!

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Back to the hand washing stone basin!

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One of the bigger shrines!

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Back to the dancing statues in the dark!

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A stone lantern surrounded by azalea trees!

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The roaring guarding lion!

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His smiling counterpart!

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To be continued…

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Whirly Twirly Eggplants!

Nature does strange ways to deal with the weather!

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Found this eggplant in Dragon’s family’s garden last Sunday!

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I’d like to talk to the idiot who made the official announcement that this summer would be a cool one!

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The reason for this freak is unusual heat!

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Okitsuhiko Shrine (興津彦神社) in Shizuoka City!

People tend to overlook Okitsuhiko Shrine (興津彦神社) in Kuruma Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City as it is overshadowed by the enormous torii gate leading to Sengen Shrine on the other side of the street!

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It also tends to be dwarfed by company buildings on both sides and the big traffic running along!

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But the plaque on the torii gate denotes the grand age of the site although it is in very good repair and regularly repainted!

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Apparently it is a shrine dedicated to fire!

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More history to study!

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Some very old votive stones are still preserved on the site!

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An unusual shape for a stone lantern!

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I noticed that same cross pattern in Oi Shrine in Shimada City!

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The shrine all made of stone and concrete!
I understand why it is dedicated to fir!
Impossible to burn down like so many other shrines!

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The rice straw garland seems to regularly replaced!

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An old friend seems to be guarding the place!

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Laughing dragon!

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Lion guards!

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The phoenix is not unusual but the flying female deity is!

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The left lion guard is found on the wall!

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The right side lion guard is accompanied by a younger/smaller one as found in some other shrines!

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There is a phoenix on three of the four walls!

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Unusual sea waves!

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The third phoenix!

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The flying deity reminds so much of the sky spirit at the Matsubara Hagoromo site in Miho, Shimizu Ku!

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Praying or navigating through the clouds?

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Very attractive indeed!

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The back is bare but for a locked steel door!

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Good-bye, Okitsuhiko Shrine!

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Masaaki Koga, Director of Daidogei Shizuoka World Cup celebrated in France!

Masaaki Koga in Chalon sur Saone 2014

Masaaki Koga, Director for the last 23 years of the Shizuoka Daidogei Street Performance Festival was celebrated in the local newspaper during his annual visit to the C”Chalon dans la rue” Street Performance Festival in Chalon Sur Saone, Bourgogne, France!

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“Chalon dans la rue” Street Performances in Chalon sur Saone inspires Japan!

[For Masaaki Koga, Japanese director, “Chalon dans la rue” is a model of originality to import to Japan]

Sitting at a terrace with his team, Massaki Koga is debating which shows to watch on that day. Like many directors he comes to Chalon sur Saone to recruit among the performing troupes, with the difference that his work is comparatively more difficult.
He is the Director of the most important Street Performance Festival in Japan, namely the Shizuoka Daidogei World Cup in Shizuoka, a city of 750,000 souls, which attracts every year 1,500,000 spectators on average as well as 95 troupes, 25 of them international.
Impressive figures on paper they might seem but he is the first to say that street performance festivals and shows are under-developed in Japan. Chalon sur Saone attracts less spectators but for example this year has invited 178 troupes, 23 of them international. A creative pool difficult to imagine in Japan.
But in a norm-conscious Japanese society where the group regulates individuality in all aspects it is difficult to witness the unlimited individuality found in our streets. “To organize a dance show around a bus stop is for instance very complicated. It is a semi private space back home. Therefore you must obtain special authorizations and ensure a regulated distance. Everything is highly controlled by the authorities.” And if a spectator standing atop the bus stop shelter happens to fall down the festival will be held responsible, not the individual.
But Masaaki Koga who has been heading the Daidogei Festival for the last 23 years believes he can import some French cultural dynamism back home in Japan.

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Shizuoka Beer Tasting: Baird Beer Suruga Bay Imperial IPA

IPA is a classic name for a craft beer and Bryan Baird gave his creation a great name, “Suruga Bay, the very bay that bathes the center of Shizuoka Prefecture!

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Did you know that Baird Beer labels have become classics available on the market?

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Product name: Baird Beer Suruga Bay Imperial IPA
Grain malt, grain, hops, sugars, live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 7.5 degrees
Contents: 360 ml

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Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: persimmon color
Bubbles: very fine bubbles. longish head, white
Aroma: assertive and fruity. Dry. Oranges and citruses
Taste: very deep dry refreshing attack with great acidity.
Lingers on the palate with more acidity and citruses.
Very easy to drink in spite of its high alcohol contents.
Fruity. Oranges, bread.
Varies little with food.

Overall: Refreshing, solid and reliable craft beer for dry beer lovers.
Its welcome acidity makes it the perfect beer for a hot summer drink!

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