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MOKUZUGANI

Japanese Crab Species 4: Japanese Mitten Crab/Mokuzugani (expanded)

This crab goes by the latin name of Eriocheir japonica (De Haan, 1835). It was first recorded outside Japan by a Dutch researcher.
It also goes under the name of 上海蟹 (Chuugo mokuzugani/チュウゴクモクズガニ) although this can also be read as “Shanghai kani” because such specimen come from China. Not to be confused!

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Japanese Mitten Crab or Mokuzugani in Japanese is also called Mokuzou, Zugani, Tsugani or Kegani.
It caught alsmost everywhere in Japan in Autumn and Winter.
In Autumn the females come to lay their eggs at river mouths.
Plenty are found along the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture.
They are caught in boxes baited with fish.

As for food, they can be eaten boiled in soups or crushed with their shell and cooked with miso. They could even be prepared as French bisque.

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The female specimens are particularly appreciated for their egg sacs.

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These boiled egg sacs with the meat make for delicious sushi nigiri or gunkan!

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Very popular served/prpeared the Chinese way!

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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

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Abandoned Shizuoka: Ivy Chimney in Shizuoka City!

I was cycling around Yamato machi in Suruga Ku, Shizuoka City when I espied a green column poking out of a cluster of houses and decided to investigate!

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That is when I realized it was an old chimney completely overgrown with ivy!

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Getting near enough was nigh impossible as it was completely surrounded with no open access to it!

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It is positively enormous by Japanese standards and would cost a fortune to pull down.
The company in front seemed to have ceased business.
They must have used an incinerator at their back.

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There was some kind of access for a better view with a flight of stairs but it was safely locked!

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I tried to walk though the high grass covering the small lane to another side access to what seemed a house or shed.

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Unfortunately the gate was safely locked and the whole place overgrown with the trees of an abandoned garden, especially loquat trees!

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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

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Weird Japan (49): Dangerous Pixie Billboard in Shizuoka City (recently changed!)!

There is a famous and ancient knife shop in Gofuku Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City using a manga character depicting a cute female pixie carrying an enormous knife. on a billboard downstairs.
They have just changed it although the former picture can still be seen at the back of some local buses!

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Now the pixie still in the same garb and a big knife tied around her back is displayed prancing around!

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The stairs leading to the shop!

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Note the three blades at the bottom right and her wooden clogs!

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One more blade on her left (actually right!)!

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Not only they sell all kinds of knives but they will also sharpen your old ones!

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She is carrying along her own knives and whetting stone!

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A very sharp smile!

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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

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Romantic Gofuku Street in Shizuoka City?

There is little romantic about Gofuku Street in Shizuoka City!
It just shows you can easily transform any dour place into a destination with some appropriate photos!

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You don’t even need a professional camera and whatever paraphernalia.
I took all these pictures with my mobile telephone! It is a Sony Ericsson they don’t make anymore, but I use it for all my blogs, although I do not use the flash!

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I was in Gofuku Street, walking aimelssly, at around 7:00 pm, just before dog and wolf as we say in French, but it was particularly dark.

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The contrast was naturally accentuated by the lamps focused by the camera.

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If you know the whims of your camera, or mobile phone for that matter, I’m sure you can come up with some very interesting shots indeed!
And you don’t need to be a pro!

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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
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

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Dragons!

If you know where to look around you will find plenty looking after us in Shinto Shrines or looking at us in Parks or during festivals and where else!

Shall we look for them (pun intended!)?

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I discovered this dark dragon in an underground shrine inside a cliff by the sea in Kamakura!

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Dragons are not so many in Kyoto and tend to be artistically represented!

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Some old buildings in Kyoto have them protecting their entrance!

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It is still unusual to find them on western-looking edifices, hough!

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I found this one in a shop, but didn’t understand its purpose in spite of its delicate beauty!

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Discovered this more usual water spouting dragon at a shinto Shrine in Kyoto called Myoonbensenten!

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Surging forth out of nowhere!

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Elegant!

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Evil grin!

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This wood carving was almost discarded at Tofuku Buddhist temple in Kyoto!

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Dragons are rarely found inside Buddhist Temples!

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Almost looks like a western cousin!

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Or did the artist confuse it with a guarding dog? LOL

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Yokohama City having a big Chinese community you are bound to find many Chinese dragons there!

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they are markedly different from the Japanese ones with more bright colors!

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Different maws, too!

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They also look more aggressive in protecting their charges!

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What a tail!

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
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

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Cats Enticing You to Drinking, Eating and Shopping in Japan!

Cats cannot be trusted whatever part of the world you are living in!
They are too crafty and think only of themselves.
We humans are barely worth of note but as practical providers easy to fool!
And in Japan it is reaching a form of art!

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C’mon, try my beer!

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Vampire pussies inviting you to shochu in Fukuoka City!

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Inviting you on payday in Kyoto City?

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Inviting you inside a souvenir shop in Kyoto City!

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Inviting you to a waterhole on the 2nd Floor in Kyoto City!

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Sharing a bubble wine bath in Shizuoka City!

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Elegant maybe, but all the same dangerously inviting you inside a bistro in Hamamatsu City!

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Drink my sake in Fujieda City!

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Inviting you inside an izakaya in Shzuoka City!

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Bringing me luck inside a Shizuoka City Cafe?
Spare me!

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So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
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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

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Japanese Appetizer (O-toushi/お通し): Chicken wings with Ume & Umeshu!

O-toushi/お通しis actually a bit difficult to translate.
In a Japanese (in Japan) izakaya it is an appetizer that is served with the first drink and that you pay for in general in lieu of a cover charge.
I have nothing against such a notion as it gives you a good idea of the chef’s skills!

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I still have some of the umeshu/梅酒/liqueur made with Japanese plums, sake, shochu and sugar I made last year.
Dragon loves to prepare chicken wings!
She will fry them first on a hot fire in some oil until the skin has turned dark brwon. She will then lower the fire, lightly season the chicken wings and pour some liquid of her choice and k\let simmer under a lid for long enough for the meat to detach itself easily from the bones!

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This time she followed the same recipe in a STAUB casserole (French, similar to Le Creuset).
As for the liquid she used plenty of umeshu!
To bring further innovation she added umeshu soaked plums as well!
The last were particularly unique what with the fact they were cooked with the chicken!
Some flat parsley for the finishing touch! Finger-licking good!

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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

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Japanese Ladies Fashion in Shizuoka 53: Spring or Snow White?

White seems to the favorite color of some Japanese girls whatever the season!

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With mummy?
It is nothing out of the ordinary but newcomers to Japan might think that some girls, and even women, think they are “cute” or trying hard to look as such!

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Looking at the ribbons cinching the dress behind her back I might be tempted to call her White Alice!

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Note the shoes!

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So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
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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

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“Kids” at Kanaya Tea Festival!

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of April saw the 36th biannual Tea Festival enacted in Kanaya Town, Shimada City, Shizuoka Prefecture!
It gave me another ample opportunity to take some interesting pictures of Japanese “characters” one doesn’t have many occasions to catch!

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A tired little girl and a proud ather!

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An exhausted little girl and a stolid mother!

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Cute boys from the First District!

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Sometimes games are more important than festivals!

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What did I tell you?

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Two generations of ladies enjoying the attention!

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The cutest girl of the day?

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Weary and wary!

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We know this cute girl!

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V signs!

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Grandmother and granddaughter who actually asked foreign visitors to pose together for the official promotion pictures!

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Exhausted after 4 parades in 2 days, but still proud!

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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
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

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“Faces” at Kanaya Tea Festival!

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of April saw the 36th biannual Tea Festival enacted in Kanaya Town, Shimada City, Shizuoka Prefecture!
It gave me another ample opportunity to take some interesting pictures of Japanese “characters” one doesn’t have many occasions to catch!

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A friend of mine said he looks like a disguised truck driver!
These guys look fierce, but actually it’s all banter and fun!

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These guys had certainly started their drinking early!

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Now, what faces are in front?

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I asked to look fierce!
They certainly had a hard time not to explode into laughter!

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I didn’t have to tell him to look fierce, surprised as he was with the sudden attention of an obnoxious photographer!

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Some did try their best to look fierce!

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These almost gave up on looking at their most serious!

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The bunch of the day!

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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

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Utogi Kagura Spring Festival in Utogi, Shizuoka City, with the Wasabi & Tea Farmers!

On the first Saturday of April and second Saturday of October are held the Spring and October Utogi kagura Festivals/有東木神楽祭 at Shirahige Shrine/白髭神社 in Utogi, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City/静岡市葵区有東木 by the local wasabi and tea farmers!
Yesterday as I happened to help a French reporter in her interviewing local wasabi farmers whose abode stands just beside the Shinto Shrine, I had the chance to say “hello” to the participants in their company!

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The stairs to the shrine up to a steep slope. We already are at about 600 meters altitude!

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That shrine had been erected no less than 500 years ago when only green tea was cultivated in this area, up in the maountains on the right bank of the Abe River!
And the oldest cedar tree rising in front was already found in local records 720 year ago. Its height is presently 35 meters, its circumference 6.80 meter and its branches spread as far as 15 meters!

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The official Utogi Village Shrine! Shirahige Shrine/白髭神社/The “white Beard” Shinto Shrine!

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The torii/鳥居/sacred birds gate found at the entrance of all Shinto Shrines in Japan!

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The cedar trees’ invasion of the stair stones is a sure indication of the shrine’ age!

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I managed to sandwich the visit on both sides of the interview which allowed me to the preparations of the dance!

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Practice on the Japanese drum!

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Practicing the songs!

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Fires had been lit for seabreams to grill. Seabreams are a symbol of prosperity even up in a Japanese mountain!

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More cooking was done nearby, especially “oden”!

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Even at this time of the year nights can turn cold!

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Local people took the opportunity to socialize!

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Salt and sake offerings to the shrine!

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The dancers taking some hot food and Japanese sake after the practice!

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When I came back later the seabreams were grilled to perfection!

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And the dancing was in full swing!

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Don’t worry, the sabers are fake! But they weren’t in Edo Times!

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A second dance was performed with bells instead of sabers!

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Naturally I was offered a taste of these succulent seabreams (and plenty of hot sake!)!

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And even more with hot sake!

Looking forward to the Autumn Festival!

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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

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Sushi: Uogashi Stand at Parche Supermarket (Part 1)!

If you go to the Supermarket in Parche inside Shizuoka JR Station, that is, through the middle corridor leading you between the track entrances you will eventually reach a large stand just beyond the the wasabi and the green tea stand held bu Uogashi.
Uogashi is a famous sushi company from Numazu City with sushi restaurants in Shizuoka City and even in Yokohama!
They incidentally also have a restaurant in the Acty section of Shizuoka Station.
This is an introductory report as I succeeded in convincing their manager to interview them at work!

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The left side of the big stand!

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Suhi nigiri individually wrapped and sold separately with or without wasabi. I haven’t counted yet, but there must be over 3 dozen different varieties!
Just have a good look and compose you lunch/dinner/snack!

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Tamagoyaki. Inari zushi, Egg roll sushi, etc.!

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Ssuhi assortments and sushi bento at very reasonable prices!
The reason for they freshness and reasonable prices is that Uogashi gets most its fish directly from Fishermen in the Prefecture and elsewheer!

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Te-maki zuhi/hand-made conical sushi rolls!
The seaweeed is being kept dry in a special wrapping until you open it yourself!

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More extremely reasonable sushi sets!
They might be cheap, but you will not find the same quality for that price in Tokyo!
Great for travelers to buy before boarding a train or going to their hotels!

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Rolls, rolls, rolls!
Don’t worry, next time there will be no plastic interfering with the pictures!

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More sushi sets for less than 8.50 US$/6.5 Euros a pack!

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Of course you can order even bigger sets for parties!

Look forward to the next report!

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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
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Mangazan Koji in Ieyama, Shimada City: The Only Temple in Japan Dedicated to Human Feet!

If you have the opportunity to get off one of the Oigaway Ralway Line trains in Ieyama, Hon Kawane, Shimada City, you will find a great oddity a few minutes walk from the walk from the Station!

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Mangazan Kouji Temple!
It actually, like many similar places in Japan combines both Buddhism adn Shinto as both temple and shrine were built on the same spot!
This particular Temple was built in 1346, around 650 years ago !

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This is the sole Buddhist Temple in Japan consecrated to the health of human feet!
But there is more to see there than this particular concern of the human atanomy!

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Beware that guardian!

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His companion is not be taken lightly either!

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The lion guardians had something unusual about them!

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It is the first time I find such lions with a mouth painted red!

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Incidentally, such lion guardians bear a diffrent “grin”!

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The temple also has a real Kyudou/Japanese archery shooting range at the back!

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With all the water rushing down the mountain, rain or no rain, this is a very clean place!

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The Buddhist bell!

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Centenarian cedar trees everywhere!

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For such a little place the way out is grandiose!

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In search of Japanese history and culture!

Expect more soon!

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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, Pierre.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

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Kura: Japanese Traditional Warehouses in Shizuoka Prefecture 15: Ieyama, Shimada City!

“Kura” (in Japanese 蔵 or 倉) means “warehouse” or “Storehouse”.
In traditional Japan, especially during the Edo Era, as most of buildings and urba/village structures were made of wood, fires were the bane of society by and large.
However well-protected a fire would consume a house or buildings and all its properties within minutes.
Hence a special building or warehouse was needed to protect goods and properties against such a catastrophe.
But erecting a storehouse solely made of concrete, stones and some metal cost a vast amount of silver and gold and only rich merchants and nobility could afford them. Even castles could not be built entirely of stone then.

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i discovered this small but well-preserved kura in Ieyama, a famous small hot spring resort along the Oigawa Railway Line in Shmada City.
It belongs to the Suzuki Family who had a sake brewery called Suzuki Brewery there until 1940 until they had to close it due to WWII. They never resumed the brewing of sake but they kept the kura all the time.

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It still has a “namako” design on its lower hall.
It is basically empty now, but the owners keep it into good repair!

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The wall facing the road had to be protected with corrugated iron though.
But the windows are nicely up-kept!

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I wonder if you could open a cafe inside!

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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

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Turtles Basking in the Sun in Yui, Shizuoka City!

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If you have the chance to stop at Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, try and go to visit the Hiroshige Wood Block Prints Art Museum!
You are about to discover an unexpected sight or two there!

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Of course the whole complex is a source for great photography but you should have a second look at the narrow and shallow “moat” along the wall!

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What is this gentleman looking at?

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From the other end…

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Turtles and many of them!

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I’ve counted 16 of them and they seem very sociable!

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Only a couple of them were swimming under water!

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Did you that the turtle in Japan is a sign of good luck and prosperity?

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They are looked after by the staff of the Museum who feed them and clean the moat regularly all year round!

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They all seem to be of the same variety with long colorful necks!

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They are quite clever at getting out of the water and at climbing on top of each other!

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hello, what’s up there?

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Are they practicing a rugby scrum or a Spanish human mountain?

Bring your camera next time. I’m sure you will take far better pictures!

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, Pierre.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