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Japan Beer Breweries List (regularly updated!)

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Micro Breweries List (Prefecture Geographical Order North to South)

北海道 Hokkaido (19)

オホーツクビール Okhotsk Beer
大雪地ビール Taisetsu Ji-beer
ノースアイランド North Island
開拓使麦酒 Kaitakushi Beer
小樽ビール Otaru Beer
鬼伝説地ビール Onidensetsu Ji-beer
大沼ビール Onuma Beer
網走ビール Abashiri Beer
釧路サンセットビール Kushiro Sunset Beer
富良野地麦酒 Furano ji Beer
帯広ビール Obihiro Beer
石狩番屋の麦酒 Ishikari No Banya Beer
月と太陽BREWING Tsuki To Taiyou BREWING
野地麦酒 Susukino Jibiru
ピリカワッカ Hokkaido Beer Pirkawakka
小樽麦酒 Hokkaido Brewing
おたるワイナリービール Otaru winery Beer
ニセコビール Niseko Brewing
はこだてビール Hakodate Beer
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青森県 Aomori (2)

バイコードリンク Baiko Drink (麦雫 Mugi Shizuku)
奥入瀬ビール Oirase Beer
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岩手県 Iwate (6)

ベアレン Baeren
銀河高原ビール Ginga Kogen Beer
いわて蔵ビール Iwatekura Beer
ステラモンテ Stella Monte
夢花まき麦酒醸造所 Yumehanamaki Brewery
Iwate ken, Hanamaki City, Azuma Cho, 5-3, 2F
Tel: 0198-29-5840 (no site)
遠野ビールZUMONA ZUMONA BEER
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宮城県 Miyagi (4)

仙南クラフトビール Sennan Craft Beer
鳴子の風 Naruko No Kaze
やくらいビール Yakurai Beer
松島ビール Matsushima Beer
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秋田県 Akita (3)

あくらビール Aqula Beer
田沢湖ビール Tazawako Beer
田沢湖湖畔の杜ビール Tazawako Koran no Mori
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山形県 Yamagata (3)

地ビール月山 Ji Biru Gassan
将棋のさと果実むら Shogimura
天童ブルワリー Tendou Brewery (桜桃ビール sakura Momo Beer)
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福島県 Fukushima (3)

みちのく福島路ビール Michinoku Fukushima Ji-beer
ななくさビーヤ Nanakusa Beer
猪苗代地ビール Brewery Inawashiro
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茨城県 Ibaraki (4)

常陸野ネストビール Hitachino Nest Beer
牛久ブルワリー Ushiku Brewery (Chateau Kamiya)
やみぞ森林ビール (大子ブルワリー) Yamizo Mori No Beer (Daigo Brewery)
しもつまビール Shimatsuma Beer
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栃木県 Tochigi (6)

那須高原ビール Nasu Kogen Beer
プレストンエール Preston Ale
Kawachi-gun Kaminokawa-cho Oaza Nakahara 421 Joyful Honda 2F
TEL: 0285-55-2259 FAX: 0285-55-2265 (no site)
うしとらブルワリー Ushitora Brewery
ロマンチック村 Romantic Village Brewery
栃木マイクロブルワリ Tochigi Micro Brewery
宇都宮ブルワリー Utsunomiya Brewery
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群馬県 Gunma (7)

オゼノユキドケ Ozenoyukidoke
川場ビール Kawaba Beer
月夜野クラフトビール Tsukiyono Craft Beer
呑龍夢麦酒 Daniel House
赤城高原ビール Akagi Kougen Beer
四万温泉エール Shima Onsen Ale
嬬恋高原ビール Tsumagoi Kougen Beer
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埼玉県 Saitama (7)

こぶし花ビール Kobushi-hana Beer
麦雑穀工房マイクロブルワリー Mugizakkoku Kobo Microbrewery
COEDO(コエド)
氷川ブリュワリー Hikawa Brewery
ベルビア Bell Beer
発泡酒 武蔵野 Happoshu Musashino
小川地ビール Kogawa Jibiru
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千葉県 Chiba (4)

ロコビア Loco Beer
ハーヴェスト・ムーン Harvest Moon
九十九里オーシャンビール Juukuri Ocean Beer
安房麦酒 Anboo Beer
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東京都 Tokyo (17)

隅田川ブルーイング Sumidagawa Brewing
Tennoz Ale (T.Y. Harbor Brewery)
NIDE BEER
多摩の恵 Tama no Megumi
スプリングバレーブルワリー Spring Valley Brewery (Kirin C. Craft Brewery
宮多麦酒 Miyata Beer
ストレンジブリューイング Strange Brewing
ヴィルゴビール Virgo Beer
CAMPION ALE
十条すいけんブルワリー Jujosuiken Brewery (Berr + +)
赤坂ビール Akasaka Beer (Hoppy)
MT Craft Brewery
羽田ブルワリー Handa Brewery
中野ビール工房 Nakano Brewery
うしとら Ushitora (Tochigi Prefecture Ushitora’s Pub House in Tokyo)
高円寺麦酒工房 Kouenji Brewery, 阿佐谷ビール工房 Asaya Brewery, 荻窪ビール工房 Ogikubo Brewery (all under 麦酒企画 Beer Kikaku, Kirin Company
KAMIKAZE BEER

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神奈川県 Kanagawa (13)

横浜ビール Yokohama Beer
BAY BREWING YOKOHAMA by Yokohama Brewing Co.
ヨロッコビール Yorocco Beer
湘南ビール Shonan Beer
鎌倉ビール Kamakura Beer (also includes 江の島ビール Enoshima Beer, Hayama Beer and 横須賀ビール Yokosuka Beer
サンクトガーレン Sankt Gallen Brewery
厚木ビール丹沢のしずく Atsugi Tanzawa no Shizuku
さがみビール Sagami Beer
箱根ビール Hakone Beer
ブリマー・ブルーイング Brimmer Brewing
クラフトビア ムーンライト Craft Beer Moonlight
THRASH ZONE
足柄ハッピーモルト Ashigara Happy Malt
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山梨県 Yamanashi (5)

富士桜高原麦酒 Fujizakura Kogen Mugishu
アウトサイダー・ブルーイング Outsider Brewing
ふじやまビール Fujiyama Beer
甲斐ドラフトビール Kai Draft Beer
タッチダウンビール Touchdown Beer
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新潟県 Niigata (9)

胎内高原ビール Tannai Kogen Beer
スワンレイクビール Swanlake Beer
エチゴビール Echigo Beer
日本海夕陽岬ブルワリー Nihonkai Yuhi Misaki
八海山泉ビール Hakkaisan Izumi Beer
妙高高原ビール Myoko Kogen Beer
新潟麦酒 Niigata Beer
薪小屋ビール Makigoya Beer
ホクセツラガー NOBUスペシャルリザーブ Hokusetsu Lager NOBU Special Reserve by Hokusetsu Brewery
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富山県 Toyama (5)

オオヤブラッスリー Ohya Brasserie
城端麦酒 Johana Beer
宇奈月ビール Unazuki Beer
銀盤酒造 Ginban Brewery
北陸発酵工業(株) 立山エール Hokuriku Brewery Tateyama Ale
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石川県 Ishikawa (3)

奥能登ビール 日本海倶楽部 Okunoto Beer Nihonkai Club
白山わくわくビール (有)農業法人 わくわく手づくりファーム川北 Shirayama Wakuwaku Beer by Wakuwaku Tezukuri Farm Kawakita
加賀地ビール Kaga Jibiru
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福井県 Fukui (3)

越前福井ビールDIOS Echizen Fukui Beer Dios
若狭ビール Wakasa Beer
三方地ビール Mikata Jibiru by PAMCO
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長野県 Nagano (12)

信濃ビール Shinano Beer
志賀高原ビール Shiga Kogen Beer
オラホビール OH!LA!HO BEER
ヤッホー・ブルーイング Yo-Ho Brewing (Yona Yona and 信州ナチュラルビール shinshu Natural Beer)
軽井沢高原ビール Karuizawa Kougen Beer (owned by ヤッホー・ブルーイング Yo-Ho Brewing)
南信州ビール Minami-shinshu Beer
木曽路ビール Kiso Ji-beer
AJBブルワリー AJB Brewery
穂高ビール Hotaka Beer
塩嶺麦酒 Enrie Beer by チロルの森 Tyrol Forest
地ビール白樺・蓼科 Jibiru Shirakaba.tateshina
諏訪浪漫ビール Suwa Roman by 麗人酒造(株) Reiin Brewery
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岐阜県 Gifu (3)

飛騨高山麦酒 Hida Takayama Brewing Agriculture Corporation
博石館ビール Hakusekikan Beer
地ビール飛騨 Ji Biru Hida (古里古里の国 Korikori no Kuni, 下呂麦酒 Gero Gensen, 宮川朝市 Miyakawa Asa Ichi)
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静岡県 Shizuoka (13)

御殿場高原ビール Gotemba Kogen Beer
米久(株) 森のビール工場 Yonekyu Mori no Biru
バイエルンマイスタービール Bayern Meister Beer
反射炉ビア Hansharo Beer by 蔵屋鳴沢 Kuraya Narusawa Brewery
ベアードビール Baird Beer
浜松天神蔵 Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Beer
Aoi ブルーイング社 Aoi Brewing
マイン シュロッス Mein Schloss
サムライ サーファー ビア Samurai Surfer Beer
オラチェ ウインド バレー ビア Orache Wind Valley Beer (includes 熱海ビール Atami Beer and 箱根七湯ビール Hakone Shichitoo Beer
宇佐美 Usami (includes 伊豆の地ビール Izu no Jibiru and defunctヨーロピアン地ビール European Jibiru)
伊豆高原ビア Izu Kogen Beer
伊豆の国ビール Izu No Kuni Beer by 時之栖 Toki No Sumika
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愛知県 Aichi

金しゃちビール Kinshachi Beer http://www.kinshachi.jp

ワイマーケットブルーイング Y-Market Beer http://ameblo.jp/y-market758

盛田金シャチビール Morita Kinshachi Beer http://www.kinshachi.jp

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三重県 Mie

モクモク地ビール Mokumoku Ji-beer http://www.moku-moku.com

伊勢角屋麦酒 Isekadoya Beer http://www.biyagura.jp

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滋賀県 Shiga

長浜浪漫ビール Nagahama Roman Beer http://www.romanbeer.com

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奈良県 Nara (1)

曽爾高原ビール Soni Kougen Beer
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京都府 Kyoto

黄桜ビール Kizakura Beer http://www.kizakura.co.jp

京都府周山街道 Kyoto-fu Shusan Kaido http://www.hanedashuzo.co.jp

京都町屋麦酒 Kyoto Machiya Beer http://www.kinshimasamune.com

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大阪府 Osaka

大阪國乃長ビール Osaka Kuninocho Beer http://www.kuninocho.jp

箕面ビール Minoh Beer http://www.minoh-beer.jp

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和歌山県 Wakayama (1)

ナギサビール Nagisa Beer
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兵庫県 Hyogo

白雪ビール Shirayuki Beer http://www.konishi.co.jp

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鳥取県 Tottori

大山Gビール Daisen ‘G’Beer http://g-beer.jp

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島根県 Shimane

松江地ビール ビアへるん Matsue Beer Hearn http://www.shimane-beer.co.jp

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岡山県 Okayama

独歩ビール Doppo Beer http://www.msb.co.jp

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広島県 Hiroshima (1)

海軍さんの麦酒 Kaigun San no Beer
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山口件 Yamaguchi (2)

山口地ビール Yamaguchi Jibeer
山口萩ビール Yamaguchi Hagi Beer
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香川県 Kagawa (1)

<strong>さぬきビール Sanuki Beer
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愛媛県 Eihime

梅錦ビール Umenishiki Beer http://www.umenishiki.com

道後ビール Dogo Beer http://www.dogobeer.co.jp

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高知県 Kochi (0)

None
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徳島県 Tokushima (1)

Awa新町川ブリュワリー Awa shin Cho Kawa Brewery
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福岡県 Fukuoka

門司港レトロビール Mojiko Retro Beer http://mojibeer.ntf.ne.jp

オークラブルワリー Okura Brewery http://www.fuk.hotelokura.co.jp

ブルーマスター Brewmaster http://www.brewmaster2002.com

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佐賀県 Saga (1)

有田麦酒 Arita Beer
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熊本県 Kumamoto

阿蘇ビール Aso Beer http://www.asofarmland.co.jp

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宮崎県 Miyazaki

ひでじビール Hideji Beer http://www.hideji-beer.jp

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鹿児島県 Kagoshima

城山ブルワリー Shiroyama Brewery http://www.shiroyama-g.co.jp

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大分県 Oita (2)

ゆふいん麦酒 Yfuin Beer
油屋熊八麦酒 Yuyanohachi Beer
大分農業文化公園 Tel.: 0977-28-7111 大分県杵築市山香町大字日指1-1
Oita Nougyou Bunka Kouen (no site)
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長崎県 nagasaki (0)

None
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沖縄県 Okinawa

ヘリオス酒造 Helios Brewery http://www.helios-syuzo.co.jp

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So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
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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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
-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

Japanese Fish Species 16: Sawara/Spanish Mackerel

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Sawara or Spanish Mackerel is considered as the best kind of Mackerel in Japan. Not only it is a big variety, but its comparatively white flesh is succulent in almost any kind of cooking!

It is known under different names such as Sagoshi and Sagochi when young and Yanagi when mature.
It is basically caught by trawling, but can be fished by line. It is, unlike other mackerels, a pretty solitary fish.

It is caught widely around Japan, off Russia, China and Korea.
The total catch has varied in recent years, but thanks to import, including 21.000 tonnes from China, it has become a feature in season from late Autumn to end of Spring.

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(Kan-Sawara at former Uzu, Shizuoka City)

In Winter, it is called Kan Sawara/寒鰆 (寒stands for cold, 鰆 stands for Sawara/Spring Fish) and is a sought after morsel. In Shizuoka it is sometimes caught then in Sagara bay, and I can tell you it disappears quickly from the table.

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(Sawara at former Uzu, Shizuoka City)

Later in Spring, it is just called Sawara and is leaner.

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It can be cooked in many ways: broiled as above.

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Or grilled.

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(Small pic, sorry!)

Of course, it can be served as sushi nigiri! Especially Kan Sawara!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
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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, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

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
-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

Japanese Fish Species 15: Sanma/Mackerel Pike

“Sanma” or Mackerel Pike usually comes on our plates with the advent of Autumn, but can be found until mid-winter in Shizuoka Prefecture
Known under other names such as “Saira” or “Banjyo”, it is a fish with red meat rich with proteins.
In season, the flesh is fatty and sweet.

Its Japanese name 秋刀魚 means Autumn Sword Fish!

It is mainly caught off the north eastern shores of Japan as the fish swims down from Hokkaido.
But the more south it is caught, the less fat it will contain.
The annual catch exceeds 20,000 tonnes, although breeding is increasingly successful.
If you eat it at a sushi restaurant, you can expect its bones and head served deep-fried.

As sashimi it can be enjoyed straight with wasabi and soy sauce.
But as it is a red-flesh fish it beautifully combines with grated ginger, sliced myoga or chopped thin leeks.

As sushi it does come in many forms and can be pretty spectacular as a single sushi nigiri serving!

Another sushi nigiri sample!

In Western Japan it is very popular as oshizushi/pressed sushi.

Another popular oshizushi version is “bo-gata/whole fish sushi”!

Bo-gata is often encountered as a sushi bento/lunch box!

As it is a very rich fish, it can be eaten simply grilled with its skin and grated daikon and lemon.

It is easy to manipulate such as the above sanma and bacon roll (later grilled)!

Of course it can be simmered Jpaanese style with soy sauce, mirin, sake and ginger!

As himono/dried fish it is practical for carrying and grilling later!

Tinned/canned, it is comparatively cheap and can be accommodated in many ways, such as with kimchi!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

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rre.Cuisine
, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

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
-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

Along the Tokaido Nature Trail to Nihondaira Peak in Shizuoka Ciy!

Mount Fuji is best seen on a winter sunny days and there is an embarrassment of choices as to from what spot to admire it!
Nihondaira Peak inside Shizuoka City, that is in suruga Ku, is one of them.
And if you feel like having some much needed exercise one way to reach Nihondaira peak is to do it on foot!
If you are a fit person, whatever your age, it will take you only a couple of hours walk.
To avoid monotony just go back by bus but beware that the last one is at about 16:00.
Let me relate how I achieved it last week!

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I first took a local train from Shizuoka JR Station and got off at Kusanagi Station.
You can also reach the same destination by riding the Shizutetsu Line from Shizuoka Cenova Department Store!
Get off at Kusanagai and walk till the main crossing ahead. Turn left and look for a big Torii/鳥居 gate which will be your starting point. The torii is that of a very interesting shrine, Kusanagi Shrine I described earlier.
Walk under the torii and proceed straight ahead!

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Don’t forget to look at your feet sometimes and you will discover some interesting manhole covers!

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This type is a pretty old fire hydrant access when Shimizu was still a separate city!

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The same type with a colored center!

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An even older type of Shimizu City fire hydrant cover!

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Go along he Kusanagijinja (Kusanagi Shrine) dori/path!

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Don’t worry, there will be plenty of signs along the route to keep you on the right track!

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First you will reach the Kusanagi Shinto Shrine!

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Spare some of your time to visit it! It is worth it!

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On your way out you will find an interesting manhole cover again!

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Old Shimizu City type featuring Mount Fuji and Miho Beach with Matsubara Forest!

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For collecting river and rain waters!

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Check that you are on the right path!

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Have a good look at the map!

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It is bilingual!

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It also gives you indications on the time needed!

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Your first steps will take you through rural land!

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Green tea fields and the last winter Chinese cabbage!

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You are on the right path!

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Peach tree field!

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This is orange tree land!

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Discovered this cute shed before the next bend!

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it is only a private farm tool shed but the local primary school kids spent a great time decorating it!

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A great idea to help the local kids’ sense of creation!

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Don’t miss the next bend and walk up the passage way above the road!

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A grand view is in wait for you at the top of the stairs before you penetrate the mountain forest!

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Mount Fuji!

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Shizuoka is also the land of green tea in japan!

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A long flight of stairs will lead you to the nature trail going along the top of the mountains!

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You never know, you may meet some elves there!

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Plenty of ferns at the foot of tall cedar trees!

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Follow the trail!

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There are definitely sprites among hose trees! LOL

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Out of the woods and almost at the top of Nihondaira peak!

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Goal!

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What is that statue?

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The story of “The Little Girl with The Red Shoes Who Was taken Away By A Stranger”!

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Coming to one of the top Mount Fuji Viewing Spots in Japan!

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The overview!

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Shimizu Harbor and the Suruga Bay!

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Mount Fuji!

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Suruga Bay and Izu Peninsula in the distance!

I wished I had taken more pictures but I was really running low on batteries!
Moreover the air was a bit hazy. Next time I will take pictures earlier in the morning or before sunset (problem here as there will no more buses unless I visit the place on a busy week-end!)!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
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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, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

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
-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

Japanese Fish Species 14: Sake/Shake/Salmon

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Salmon is a favourite almost everywhere on the Globe, but it is in Japan that you can enjoy in the most numerous manners!

Like every other fish it has many names according to season and place:
Shirozake/White Salmon, Akiaji or Akizake for Autumn Salmon, Shake in Tokyo.
In Spring it is called Tokishirazu.
I don’t have to tell you there are many, many names for it all over the world!

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Its roe, before processing, is called Sujiko in Japanese, whereas the salmon roe, once treated, is called Ikura.

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Many Japanese appreciate the roe untreated, but more people enjoy it on top of rice as it is with some soy sauce and grated wasabi.

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It also makes for some splendid colourful creation on a plate of sushi!

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As oshizushi/pressed sushi, it can make some very interesting combinations with the salmon flesh and roe.

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Have you ever tasted Sake Gohan/Salmon Rice?

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Slightly smoked the Japanese way, It is extensively used in the making of bentoes!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
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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, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

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
-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

Kusanagi Shinto Shrine (草薙神社) in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

Kusanagi shrine (草薙神社) in Kusanagi, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, has been a major sanctuary in the city of Shizuoka, more precisely the former city of Shimizu before the two were merged at the end of the 20th Century.
It involves a good walk, so choose a shiny day, preferably in winter although you must not miss the rocket festival held in September.
Take either the normal train (Tokaido Line) or the local Shizutetsu Line and get down at Kuasanagi Stations.
Proceed straight to the main crossing and turn left.

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You will find a big torii/sacred gate across the street.
Walk under and walk straight for about 20 minutes!

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Ancient plaque somewhat difficult to read!

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A new stone monument is there to ascertain this is the right shrine!

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Signs will be found along the way to confirm your right path!

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Getting very near!

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The shrine across the road!

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The torii of the main entrance!

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The lantern with the shrine crest and an informative board!

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It has been officially venerated since 1432 but records back to Year 927 mention it!

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Pass under the torii and its rice straw garland!

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Some stone stairs are in wit for you!

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A warrior of yore!

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Old history on stone!

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A short but nice flight of stone stairs running through ancient trees!

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No, the shrine is not on fire! Just burning dead trees away!

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Incredibly old tree being venerated!

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A 1,000 year old tree with a height of 15 meters and spread of 12 meters!

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And it is venerated through its own little shrine!

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The roofed stone hand washing basin!

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Cute hand towels!

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The gate to the main shrine!

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A solemn guard!

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And his companion!

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Part of the September Fire Rocket Festival gear!

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They even have a rocket on display at a side building!

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The main shrine!

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New Year prayer messages!

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The “smiling” lion guard!

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The “roaring” lion guard!

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This is an important shrine since it has no less than three ropes for bells to be rung by worshipers!

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Let’s have a peek inside!

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Old paintings!

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Festival drum!

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Looking back at the entrance!

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An older shrine beside the main one!

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An old stone lantern!

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It is carved out with a crescent moon!

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A rare hollyhock carving proving that the shrine was venerated by Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu!

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The older shrine in a long and low shape!

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New Year rice paste offerings!

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It has its own small altar!

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Side view of the main shrine!

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Side view of the inner shrine behind the main shrine. Inaccessible to the pubic!

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Beautiful roofing!

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Sponsors’ names!

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Another older type but smaller shrine on the other side of the main shrine!

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Left side view!

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Time slip!

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More sponsors’ names!

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Board explaining that the 25-kg rocket can reach an altitude of 300 meters!

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Looking forward to next September!

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A side entrance torii gate!

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The small rocket museum!

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Detailed sight of the inside fireworks mechanism!

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The rocket launching ramp!

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Dragon!

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They also house a kyudo/archery club!

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The archery range!

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See you there again next September!

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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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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
-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

Local Shizuoka Fish & Seafood At Parche Fish Market In Shizuoka City: Including Red Sea Slugs!

After the long lapse caused by the End of the Year and the New Year Holidays, new arrivals can be at last be seen at the Fish Market in Parche inside JR Shizuoka Station!

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Customers are only starting to come, but it should gete as busy as usual soon!

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What fish do we have in the day’s mixed batch?

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Hirame/平目、鮃、比目魚: sole, flatfish
Inada/イナダ: Young Buri/鰤/Yellowtail
Houbou/方々: red gurnard, red robin
Mizukarei/水鰈 (also called Mutsukarei/鱫鰈): Round-nose flounder
Akamutsu/赤鱫、赤鯥 (also called Nodokuro/喉黒): rosy seabass, red gnomefish
Amadai/甘鯛: tilefish
Anago/穴子、海鰻: conger eel (from Miyagi Prefecture)!

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A strange but very popular seafood: Aka Namako/赤海鼠 (written locally 赤なま子!): red sea slug, red sea cucumber!

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Thees log silvery fish have been caught by hand!

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

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Kose/コセ: A variety of Stripped jack!

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Renkodai/連子鯛: Yellowback seabream!

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Kasago/笠子、瘡魚: False kelpfish, Marbled rockfish (top)!
Aka kasago/赤笠子:Red False kelpfish, Red Marbled rockfish (bottom)!

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Donko/鈍甲,貪子: Dark sleeper!

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Shiro mebaru/白眼張、白眼張魚、白鮴: white Japanese sea perch-rockfish!

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Amadai/甘鯛: tilefish (top)!
Kuromutsu/黒鱫、黒鯥: Black gnomefish (bottom)!

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A Shizuoka specialty: Shirasu/白子(Namashirasu/生白子 if raw): sardine whiting!

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A shrimp which made Shiuoka famous all over Japan and beyond: Sakura ebi/桜海老: cherry shrimp

Should plenty more varieties soon!

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So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
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
rre.Cuisine
, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

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
-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