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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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Shizuoka Beer Tasting: Aoi Brewing-Vltava Pilsner

Just tasted Aoi Brewing’s latest brew at AOI BEER STAND in Shizuoka City!
Vlatava Pilsner!

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Vltava?
You’ve heard about the Danube, also called Donau in German?
Well, the Czech name is Vlatava!

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Served on tap
Barley, Pilsner malt, Munich malt, Zats hop,Australian galaxy hop, Bohemian lager yeast, Budweiser yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 5.8%
Bubbles: very fine bubbles. Short head. White
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: Deep lemon color
Aroma: Refreshing, dry citruses
Taste: Dry and fruity attack with a little acidity.
Very refreshing. Citruses, apricots.
Lingers long enough on the palate for true tasting before departing a drier and a slightly more acid note and lemon.

Overall: very refreshing craft beer but also very satisfying with just enough acidity to leave a lasting impression.
Great on a warm afternoon, will please both genders!

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
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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
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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
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Shizuoka Hot Spring Anecdote: The Cleaning Lady, The Towel & The Foreign Male Bather

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One may have lived in Japan for 39 years and still find himself unprepared…

The other day, Thursday April 9th to be precise, the Dragon and I took advantage of our day offf from work to visit a hot springs spa sponsored by the City Of Shimada in Shizuoka Prefecture called Itawari No Yuu/伊太和里の湯, which is not only new (it was founded 6 years ago) and ecological (all electricity is provided by nearby solar panels) but cheap and located in the middle of the neighbouring mountains.

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The access is easy as a city-sponsored bus will take you there from Shimada Station within 30 minutes for only 200 yen!

The only problem is that they do not provide an absolutely necessary item normally available in hot spring spas…
We forgot it was sponsored by a municipality with the need to cut corners for economical reasons!

Anyway, Dragon and I, after paying the cheap 500 yen fee for enjoying the bath and spa facilities went inside our separate public baths…

As I opened my locker, I noticed the absence of towels…
I asked another bather where I could find a towel…
“I’m afraid you have to bring your won!” he answered with dubious look at this foreign “old man”!

Oh, well, I had a handkerchief which should be enough as the hot water would soon dry off my body…

This when a cleaning lady almost barged inside the men’s locker room. She was pretty mature, but no one seemed the least embarrassed by a lady, however old she might be (mind you, not that old as she was probably my age!), entering a space usually reserved to men only. Peaceful, tolerant and comprehending Japan for you!

She directly addressed me in Japanese, not the least bothered by my totally naked body. I didn’t care much either as I often visit Japanese hot springs. Some might snidely remark I was probably showing off (exhibiting?).
She just told me: “Your wife told me you didn’t bring a towel with you?”
“That is right,” I equably replied, “but I have this handkerchief!”
“I’m afraid that will not do! Please wait till I come back!”

Only a minute later she came in again and handed me a towel with the name of the hot spring spa on it a small vinyl bag to take it back with me.
“Thank you so much!”
“You are most welcome!”
And she went out as if nothing had happened.

Dragon told me later that realizing our mistake upon entering her own locker room had asked the same cleaning woman who just happened to be there about the “missing” towels. The charwoman explained we had to buy towels (300 yen each) from the spa. Dragon first asked her if she could kindly inform me of the situation, which the nice lady did at once before going out and meeting Dragon again who had meanwhile bought the two towels and prayed her to hand it over to me, explaining all the time that she should easily find the only “gaijin no ojiisan/外人のお爺さん/Old foreign man” (thank you for making a whole dish of my apparent age!) in the male bathers locker room!

I very much doubt such a situation could have happened outside japan! LOL
In any case, bring a towel with you next time you visit a city-sponsored hot spring spa in Japan!

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French Gastronomy: Bistro FERME Opening Party in Shizuoka City!

Service A bit shy, but very friendly and smiling
Equipment & Facilities: Spotless clean. Superb washroom. Entirely non-smoking
Prices: reasonable considering the quality
Strong points: Classic and inventive French bistro gastronomy. Mainly local products used. International wine list

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Last night I had the great pleasure to participate to the opening party of a new French Restaurant, Bistro FERME in Shizuoka City, led by one of the most promising young Chefs in Shizuoka Prefecture, namely Hiromitsu Ogasawara/小笠原光洋さん!

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Located in the center of Shizuoka City, in Gofuku Cho, you can enter it either through an entrance beside an ubiquitous big chain “coffee shop”,

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or through a more discreet door at the back opening onto a street paralell to Gofuku-Cho Street!

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In a totally non-smoking atmosphere you can either sit at a wide counter facing the kitchen to enjoy the spectacle of great morsels being prepared in front of your eyes or at large table sitting about 10 guests.
The whole place can sit around 30 visitors, making it prefect for a private party!

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Guests looking for a cozy corner can sit at small tables facing a sofa for your special company!

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The counter!

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Chef Hiromitsu Ogasawara/小笠原光洋さん and his smiling team, Ms. Hioryo Takeda/武田博代さん and Ms. Ayaka Kobayashi/小林礼佳さん!

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The concept is that of a fixed menu for lunch (2,000 yen + TAX) and dinner (4,400 yen + TAX) with ingredients changing constantly. very reasonable when you consider the quality!
An A la Carte menu will be available in the evening!

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Hiromitsu San mainly uses local ingredients obtained directly from many of his contacts among Shizuoka farmers and producers, thus insuring the best freshness and quality!
Let me show what you can expect from April 10th when Bistro FERME will be open to the public!

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Plenty of wines!

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Red wine from their reasonably-priced listing!

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The bread is exclusively home-baked with natural yeast!

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French Gougere and Spanish Jamon Serrano!

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Succulent pate de campagne and fresh greens!

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Iwata City white asparagus and grilled cuttle fish in caper sauce!

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Burdock potage!

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Sauteed foie gras with lentils and poached egg!

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Shizuoka small turnips, razor shellfish and citrus foam!

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Shizuoka Iki Iki Chicken roast and Supreme sauce!

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Macaron, salted caramel and confiture of seasonal fuits!

Look forward to the next report!

Bistro FERME
Chef: Hiromitsu Ogasawara/小笠原光洋さん

Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Gofuku-Cho, 2-8-9, Tsuji gen Bldg, B1F
Tel.: 054-260-5253
Opening hours: 11:30~14:00, 18:00~23:00
Closed on Sunday nights and Mondays
Cards OK
Parties welcome
Entirely non-smoking!
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Yamanashi Craft Beer: Fujizakura Kogen Brewery-Rauch

AOI BEER STAND owned by Aoi Brewery in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, has the merit to offer on tap other craft beers from Shizuoka Prefecture and the rest of Japan, but you do have to hurry as they usually served only one keg before switching to another brew!

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This time I tasted a craft beer which has been elected last year as the best Smoke beer in the World!
Rauch by Fujizakura Kogen Brewery in Yamanashi Prefecture!

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Served on tap
Barley, malt, hop, live yeast.
Unfiltered
Alcohol/ABV: 5.5 %
Bubbles: very fine bubbles. Longish head. Creamy. Light brown color
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: deep brown-orange
Aroma: discreet. Bread
Taste: dry and smoky attack.
Complex: smoked meats, bread.
Varies little with food.
Lingers long enough for true tasting before departing on a mellower note.
Stays true to first impressions all the way through.

Overall: very refreshing and easy to drink craft beer!
Not overwhelming at all in spite of its naming!
Far all seasons and genders.
To be drunk for its own sake!

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

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Mie Beer Tasting: Ise Kadoya Brewery-Brown Ale

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This time I tasted a craft beer by Ise Kadoya brewery in Mie Prefecture: Brown Ale!

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Served on tap
Barley, malt, hop, live yeast.
Unfiltered
Alcohol/ABV: 5 %
Bubbles: very fine bubbles. Long head. Creamy. Light brown color
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: very dark brown
Aroma: light and fruity. Bread. Hints of oranges
Taste: very deep and refreshing attack. Plenty of acidity.
Dry caramel, hops.
Lingers long enough in mouth for true tasting before departing on an even drier note wwith more caramel and faint hints of citruses.
Stays true to first impressions all the way through.
Varies little with food but for a slghtly mellower attack.

Overall: very satisfying American Brown Ale type craft beer.
A beer for all seasons.
Definitely for acid beer lovers, gentlemen in particular!
Would splendidly pair with meats and BBQ’s!

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

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Hachimangu Shrine (八幡宮神社) in Shimada City (Rokugo JR Station)!

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If you get off at Rokugo Station/六合駅 between Fujieda City and Shimada City JR Stations, go out through the south exit and you will find one of the five Shinto Shrines called Hachimangu in Shimada City!

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Stone lantern at the main gate

It is quite small but ancient.
Its small park seems popular with the local lovers who don’t have many places to talk in peace in this islated part of Shimada City!

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Moon and crescent motif openings of the the front gate stone lanterns!

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The roofed hand washing stone basin!

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Like any shrine, it is surrounded with old trees, not that remarkable, except for an old cherry tree with pure white blossoms!

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The main shrine building!

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Different and probably older stone lanterns!

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The deer and cloud motifs!

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The mountain motif!

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Like many other shrines, a more recent building stands in front of the original shrine whose access is guarded.

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The money offering box and the praying bell and rope!

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A bit too thin rice straw garland, but an interesting wooden motif!

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Taking a peek inside!

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A side view of both roofs!

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I couldn’t figure out what this roof decoration meant!

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Classical pinion motif!

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Good-bye, Hachimangu shrine!

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