Category Archives: Japanese Gastronomy

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Japanese Appetizer (O-toushi/お通し): Mini Tomato O-Hitashi!

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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When we can get plenty of small/mini tomatoes we just peel them (drop in hot water first and they’ll peel easily away!) and marinate them in hon dashi/Japanese soup stock (preferably konbu/seaweed) and mirin inside the refrigerator for at least a couple of hours.

Serve them with their soup and fresh parsley!
Of course, variations are infinite!
Think of the presentation, too!

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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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Japanese Appetizer (O-toushi/お通し): Sakura Ebi/Cherry Shrimps & Pickled Wasabi Stems!

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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The sakura ebi/cherry shrimps season in Shizuoka Prefecture has just started, but they are stil few in and between, so when we can find some, we just grab them!

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Wasabi is in season all year, but this is a time of the year when we can easily get their fresh stems here in Shizuoka!
Since the stems, leaves and flowers are even more beneficial to the human body than the roots, it is one more item we grab as soon as we can see it!

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A little light soy sauce is enough to season the sakura ebi. A little grated ginger and finely chopped scallions will complete well enough the seasoning!

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If you can get fresh wasabi stems, just cut them in small pieces and pickle them in rice vinegar!

A simple, but beautiful combination, very healthy and so tasty!

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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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Japanese Appetizer (O-toushi/お通し): Carrot Salad & Onsen Tamago/Hot Spring Egg!

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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Dragon has two specialties of her own.
One is a carrot salad she prepares with finly cut carrot, rice vinagr, sugar and a secret she wouldn’t tell me.
Serving it walnut and parsley it already makes for a colorful and healthy salad!

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Her other specialty is onsen tamago/温泉玉子/eggs soft-boiled so as to preserve a soft yolk core.You do need high quality eggs, though, with a great yolk.
Once cooked and forcibly cooled down she peels the eggs and marinate them, hence the outside color.
The point is not to cut the eggs open but to “tear” them open carefully!

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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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Izakaya: Dinner at Kin No Okan in Shizuoka City!

Service: Friendly and easy-going
Equipment & Facilities: Overall very clean. Small but superb washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Sake from Shizuoka and all over Japan. Cuisine making great use of local products

The other day I managed at last to visit the latest izakaya in Shizuoka City, namely Kin No Okan opened by Junya Kinbara!

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There was just too much to choose from on the menu and decided to give budget to Shinya and decide what we should eat, which is always a good idea in Japan!

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WE also wanted to sample as many sake as possible, and there are many for all tastes!
First of all, Hakuin Masamune Yamahai by Takashima Brewery in Numazu City!

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Shidaizumi Junmai by Shidaizumi Brewery in Fujieda City!

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The great thing about this place is that you can choose your own sake cup!

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Tsubugai/whelk with the first drink!

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Amagi Shamo Aburi/lightly seared chicken from Amagi Plateau in Izu peninsula, half raw with wasabi, a rarity outside Shizuoka!

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Isojiman Nama Ginjo by Isojiman Brewery in Yaizu City!

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Tachiuo/Scabbard Fish tempura!

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Fine salt is better than any dip!

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Amagi Shamo Chicken balls simmered in sake white lees miso soup!

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Garyubai Junmai Ginjo Gohyakumangoku by Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Home-pickles sawa Wasabi stems and leaves!

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Kaiun Junmai Ginjo by Doi Brewery in Kakegawa City!

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Deep-fried new small potatoes with their skin!

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Mini mozzarella cheese and mini tomatoes salad!

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Shosetsu Junmai Ginjo by Kansawagawa Brewery in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Very special gyoza with Amagi Shamo and ume/pickled Japanese plums!

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We had to try this new arrival: Funagumi Shiboritate Junmai Nama Genshu by Mori no Kura Brewery in Kurume City in Fukuoka Prefecture, a brewery that Junya recently visited!

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With the name of Kin No Okan on the label!

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Dry-aged beef by Sanoman Co. In Fujinomiya City!

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Truly extravagant!

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And for the finale: Ogose Kimoto Junmai by Kubo Honkei Brewery in Uda City, Nara Prefecture with a drawing from a famous manga artist!

Certainly not the last visit, you can bet!

KIN NO O-KAN

420-0035 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Shichiken Cho, 10-11, Vienna Building, 1F
Tel.: 054-653-4300
Mobile phone: 090-5100-7067
Opening hours: 17:00~27:00
Holiday not decided yet, but should eventually be Thursday
Reservations highly recommended!
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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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Japanese Appetizer (O-toushi/お通し): O Hitashi Vegetables and Deep-fried Ton Toro Pork in Marinade

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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Dragon made it a double O-toushi last night!
The first one has been a specialty of here for quite some time: Deep-fried Ton Toro (soft) pork she first prepared as tonkatsu, that is deep-fried in flour, egg and panko. At the same she fried some thinly sliced onion. She transferred the lot into a Tupperware with rice vinegar, two different types of mustard, one being cassis mustard, and pink pepper. She let the whole marinate for about 4 hours inside the refrigerator!
Really yummy!

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The second one was O-Hitashi, that is, lightly cooked and marinatedvegetables served cold.

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She first cooked the vegetables inside the microwave oven to soften them up.
She tehn marinated with mentsuyu and some chili pepper for while in the refrigerator!
Simple but so refreshing!
Of course both appetizers marry perfectly with any drink!

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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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Wasabi & Soba at Utsurogi, Utogi, Shizuoka City, the Birthplace of Wasabi!

Service: Very kind and friendly
Equipment & Facilities: Overall very clean. Rustic but clean washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Country gastronomy including the freshest wasabi in the world!

Last Saturday I visited Utogi up the Abe River in Shizuoka City in the company of Alexandra Combe, a French journalist in France and Dominique Corby, Executive Chef at Le Cordon Bleu Japan, Inc in Tokyo and Kobe to interview Yuuma Mochizuki, a local wasabi farmer.

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We spent the whole morning shooting pictures of the wasabi fields owned by Maru Ichi Co., whose Yuma Mochizuki (28) is the 13th generation.
All the fields are exclusively watered with the help of torrents rushing down the mountain!

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Wasabi fields forever!

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It is the best season to admire them for one important detail!

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Wasabi Flowers!
Did you know that the leaves and the flowers of the wasabi are even more beneficial to the human body than the wasabi roots?

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Dominique Corby, Alexandra Combe and Yuma Mochizuki tasting some of the wasabi that were elected the best in Japan last year!

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The monument stating Utogi as the birthplace of wasabi cultivation!

We decided to have lunch at the only, but famous, local restaurant before proceeding with the rest of the interview!

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Utsurogi, a rustic but very busy restaurant!

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You place your orders to a kitchen-like counter!

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have a good look at the local products on sale!

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Having and ordered your meal beforehand, walk along the rushing torrent and choose a seat either outside or inside!

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Great scenery to be caught there!

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This is the lunch we had ordered inside the front shop where they hang photos of all the meals proposed!
At 800 yen, 8 Us $, less than 6 Euros, a bargain!

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Our lunch!

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The excellent “8 wari”/80% buckwheat flour soba/buckwheat noodles!

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Local wasabi stme pickles, and freshly grated wasabi and chopped scallions with your soba dressing/dip!

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The tempura including sweet potato, onion and carrot kakiage, shiitake and wasabi leaf!

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The fresh wasabi leaf from a nearby field!
You will not find that quality and fresheness elsewhere!
Note the matcha tea powder for tempura seasoning!
The local wasabi farmers also grow superb green tea!

The ultimate trip to discover wasabi!

UTSUROGI/うつろぎ
421-2303 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Utogi, 280-1
Tel./Fax: 054-298-2900Opening hours: 10:00~15:00, 09:00~16:00 on weekends and National Holidays
Closed beginning and middle of May due to First Green Tea Harvest, End & Begginning of the Year Holidays
Call beforehand!
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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

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HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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Japanese Appetizer (O-toushi/お通し): Cold Spanish Omelet & Salad!

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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The great thing about such light food to entice your appetite does not have to be Japanese food!
Actually, the Japanese are constantly introducing new trends, be they Japanese or foreign, into their own gastronomy to the point that names mean very little.
I could actually call o-toushi a kind of tapas!

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Dragon had some small beans and cold boiled vegetable leftovers, so she cooked a Spanish-like omelet of a small fire with difference that she had added shredded cheese to the eggs giving the omelet the identity of a quiche.

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With fine lettuce, shredded carrot, walnuts, olive and a little good quality olive oil, it does make for a real appetizer!
Yummy and healthy!

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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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Japanese Appetizer (O-toushi/お通し): Tofu & Cheese, Pork & Leek Roll & Green Peppers

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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Tofu is a very versatile food.
Dragon likes to buy it as Aburage/Deep-fried tofu, cut it cubes and dry fry them (their surface contains enough oil!) with some cheese, finley cut leeks and parsley!
Another version id\s to fry the pieces of wasabi dressing first!

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New leeks are appearing on the market.
Did you know they are effective against common colds!

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Dragon pieces of leek in thin pork belly strips and fried them together with some pieces of green pepper in light bbq sauce!
Perfect with beer, wine or sake!

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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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Izakaya: Kin No O-Kan in Shzizuoka City (pre-interview)!

Service: Friendly and easy-going
Equipment & Facilities: Overall very clean. Small but superb washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Sake from Shizuoka and all over Japan. Cuisine making great use of local products

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Junya Kinbara金原純也さん has finally opened his first izakaya beginning of with the smiling help of Yuuko Nakamura/中村優子さん and is already attracting some deserved attention from Japanese sake lovers and the local media!

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Junya being interviewed by Dai Ichi TV!

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The cedar ball in front of the establishment leave no doubt as to what it is specializing in!

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Japanese Sake Place!
Kin No O-Kan!
“Kin” stands for the first kanji of Junya’s family name, “no” means “of” and “O-Kan” stands for hot sake!

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The place consists of single counter along the kitchen with comfortable stools in front of your tray and a shelf of sake cups to choose from!

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A great idea to offer a choice of sake cups in a small shelf box!

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It is just all superb sake from Shizuoka Prefecture and all over Japan including a whole range from Takahsima Brewery in Numazu City!

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Aoshima Brewery, Hatsukame brewery another favorite of mine, Morimoto Brewery!

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More classics chilled inside the fridge!

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The announcement of a special sake beside the sake brew master’s apron of the famous Kubota in Fukui Prefecture!

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One of the two menus including some Chinese classics!

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The second menu including oden and dry-aged beef!

Look forward to the next full report!

KIN NO O-KAN

420-0035 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Shichiken Cho, 10-11, Vienna Building, 1F
Tel.: 054-653-4300
Mobile phone: 090-5100-7067
Opening hours: 17:00~27:00
Holiday not decided yet, but should eventually be Thursday
Reservations highly recommended!
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-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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Soba Restaurants in Shizuoka Prefecture (Amended Regularly)

KISHIGAMI

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Service: very friendly, attentive and informative
Equipment & Facilities: Spotless clean. Superb washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive
Strong points: Ju wari/100% soba/buckwheat noodles. Tempura. sake list!

SOBADOKORO KSHIGAMI SOBA RESTAURANT

Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Utsunoya, 232-2
Tel.: 054-258-5664
Opening hours: 11:00~14:00
Closed on Mondays and 3rd Tuesday of the month (next day in case of a national holiday)
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Entirely non-smoking!
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TEUCHI SOBA TAGATA

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Service: Friendly, attentive and informative
Equipment & Facilities: Very clean overall. Superb washroom.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Only native buckwheat from Shizuoka and rest of Ja@an used. Great use of local seasonal ingredients. Great sake and shochu list.
Entirely non-smoking!

TEUCHI SOBA TAGARA
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tokiwa Cho, 2-6-7
Tel.: 054-250-8555
Opening hours: 11:30~13:30, 17:30~22:00
Closed on Mondays and Thursday lunch
Parties welcome
Credit Cards OK
HOMEPAGE
Entirely non-smoking!
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SETSUGEKKA

LUNCH-SETSUGEKKA

Service: Very friendly and attentive
Facilities: Great overall cleanliness. Beautiful washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: High quality soba. Beautiful tempura. Great local sake

SETSUGEKKA/雪月花
Shimada City, Hontouri, 2-3-4
Tel.: 0547-35-5241
Opening hours: 11:30~14:30, 17:00~22:00
Closed on Monday and third Tuesday
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Entirely non-smoking for lunch!
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Service: Very kind and friendly
Facilities: and equipment: Old but very clean overall. Excellent washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Soba/buckwheat noodles and Japanese tradkional meals. Some very good local sake available!

KINOENE Te Uchi Soba

Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku, Nanatushinya, 423-6
Opening hours: 11:00~15:00, 17:00~20:00
Closed on Thursday
Car park available for 6 cars
Entirely non-smoking!
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TAGATA ZAIRAI SOBA

LUNCH-TAGATA

Service: Smiling and friendly
Equipment & Facilities: Overall extremely clean. Superb washroom if a bit small
Prices: Very reasonable
Strong points: Only native buckwheat used. Good sake and shochu list

TAGATA ZAIRAI SOBA (make sure you understand the address as Tagata is a very common name for restaurants in Japan!)
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tokiwa Cho, 3-3-4 (left of Tokai Bldg across the street)
Tel.: 054-251-0707
Opening hours: 11:30~14:00, 17:30~21:00
Closed on Sundays
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SOBA SAKE KAWAKATSU

LUNCH-KAWAKATSU

Service: Friendly
Equipment: traditional. Clean. Beautiful toilets
Prices: Appropriate
Strong points: Very fresh ingredients. Most ingredients not only local but sef-grown or self-raised! Local sake and shochu!
Entirely non-smoking!

Sake Soba Kawakatsu
426-0034, Fujieda Shi, Eki mae, 1-8-4
Tel./Fax: 054-645-1770
Business hours: 11:30~14:00, 17:30~22:00
Closed on Mondays, 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
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SOBA NO MI

LUNCH-SOBA-NO-MI

Service: Friendly
Equipment: a bit old but clean
Prices: Appropriate
Strong points: Very fresh ingredients. Old-fashioned atmosphere
Entirely non-smoking!

Soba No Mi
Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Kawabe Cho, 2-2-3
Tel.: 054-251-8000
Business hours: 11:00~21:00 (or until soba are exhausted)
Closed on Tuesdays and third Wednesdays
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
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YOSHINO

LUNCH-YOSHINO

Service: Shy but friendly
Facilities: old but clean. Traditional
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: 10 wari soba. Good list of Shizuoka sake.

YOSHINO
420-0839 Shizuoka Shi, Takajyo, 1-7-10
Tel.: 054-255-3277
Business hours: 11:00 until they run out of buckwheat!
Closed on Tuesdays
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KUROMUGI

LUNCH-KUROMUGI

Service: Friendly
Equipment: Old but clean
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: 100% soba noodles (ju-wari soba). Traditional Japanese Soba Restaurant.

422-8078 Shizuoka Shi, Suruga Ku, Satsuki Cho, 8-15
Tel.: 054-287-8539
Fax: 054-287-8309
Business hours: 11:30~15:00, 17:00~21:00; 11:30~21:00 (Saturdays)
Closed on Mondays
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
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IWA ICHI

LUNCH-IWA-ICHI

Service: Very friendly and easy-going.
Facilities: Very clean overall. Excellent amenities
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Soba of course, but traditional Japanese gastronomy on the whole. Excellent all-rounder.
English spoken!
Non-smoking at tables.

IWA ICHI
420-01816 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Kutsunoya, 3-4-22
Tel.: 054-293-4151
Business hours: 11:30^14:00, 17:30~22:00
Closed on Mondays
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TSUDONO ZARU SOBA

LUNCH-TSUDONO

Service: Very kind and a bit shy
Equipment & Facilities: Spotless clean. Superb washroom.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Soba! Very Japanese atmosphere.

TSUDONO Zaru Soba
421-2121 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tsudono, 514-2
Tel.: 054-294-1005
Opening hours: 11:00~15:00 or until the soba are sold out!
Closed on Mondays (except on National Holidays)
Car parking available
Entirely non-smoking!
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-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
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Japanese Appetizer (O-toushi/お通し): Stick Senior Broccoli and Red Pepper

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!

O-toushi does not have to be conceived as a rich dish but is basically a way to entice you into a meal and drink!
Stick Junior Broccoli is becoming a very popular vegetable in Japan as the Japanese love to eat it especially when the flowres are about to open.
It is somewhat confusing as in Japan very often rapeseed, broccolini and Stick Junior Broccoli are often sold under the same name!

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Dragon boiled some Stick Senior Broccoli in salted water, cut it and marinated it in mentsuyu.
Mentsuyu (めんつゆ, also 麺汁) is a condiment made from dashi, soy sauce, mirin and sugar. Mentsuyu is most often eaten as a dipping sauce with sōmen, soba, udon and hiyamugi.
It can be bought ready anywhere although she is very particular about the variety she uses.
Having arranged the Stick Senior Broccoli cuts with the flowers on top she placed two thin slices of red pimento for decoration.
Really simple but appetizing.
The right thing to awaken your buds!

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Japanese Appetizer (O-toushi/お通し): Brussels Sprouts

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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This is the season for Brussels sprouts, an eclectic vegetable which is increasingly becoming popular in Japan for its small shape and ornamental possibilities.
It has also the advantages to be available in the cold season and is a great source of vitamins and fibers.

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Dragon came up with the idea of boiling some Brussels Sprouts in salted water first, then cut them into thick slices before cooking them gently with Shizuoka oil tuna ans some seasonings.
She let the whole cool down completely before serving together it with carrot tagliatelle and topped with some parsley.

Great with sake!

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-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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Ramen Restaurant: Tsurutaya in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

Service: Shy but kind
Equipment & Facilities: Very clean overall. Small but excellent washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Yokohama-style ramen. One can choose one’s own toppings. Gyoza and rice dishes also available.

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Tsurutaya has at last opened its second restaurant in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City today, march 28th, 2014!
It usually takes a lot to convince me eating at a ramenyasan, and even more writing about it, but I must admit that for once I found a ramenyasn to my liking!

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Moreover, it has an unusual and most important quality for a ramenyasan: it is entirely non-smoking!

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Buying a ticket beforehand takes some time to get used to, but in the end it is very practical, saves time and is good business!
Now, you may have to learn a bit of Japanese if you wish something more than the standard offerings pictured on top!
As it was my first visit, I decided to go for a big order: Large portion of Tchya-shu/Char siu men/ramen with an extra topping of char siu, an egg and menma!

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As orders are prepared as they come (no shortcuts there) I took the time to take pictures of the place and of the people at work!

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Next time I’ll have some of these gyoza!

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Don’t worry, there are plenty of different seasonings for all tastes!

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My order!

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Really generous slices of char siu! Really tender and sophisticated!

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Plenty of menma!

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Vegetables and nori/dry seaweed! Much appreciated as it makes for a complete meal!

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Appetizing soup!

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Of course toppings at Tsurutaya are first class, but it is still the soup that makes the (big) difference!

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I just love their onsen tamago/Slowly boiled egg with a runny yolk! Class!

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The ramen are Yokohama-style, that is, thicker than your usual ramen. Being French it is perfect as I find the ramen too thin to my taste usually!

See you there again!

TSURUTAYA/YOKOHAMA-STYLE RAMEN

420-0856 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Sumpu Cho, 1-17 (right across from Cenova Department Store)
Tel.: 054-251-9697
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00
Closed on Tuesdays
Entirely non-smoking!

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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

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Japanese Appetizer (O-toushi/お通し): Kamoboko!

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!

Kamaboko/蒲鉾 is made with steamed fish paste.
Shizuoka prefecture has many producers thanks to its many harbors and they do come in uncountable varieties!

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Dragon prepared a typical O-toushi/お通し like those found served in izakaya:
Using kamaboko steamed on a small wooden slat she cut out half-circle slices and cut each slice in its middle down to two thirds of its height.
She then inserted green shiso/perilla leaf.
Finally she “filled” it with very soft honey-preserved ume boshi/pickled Japanese plums and sprinkled some black sesame seeds for the final touch!

Very yummy and healthy!
And cute!

By the way the small glazed earthenware cup was discovered in Yakushima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture!

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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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Japanese Gastronomy: Early Spring Dinner at Uzu (2014) in Shizuoka City!

Service: Excellent and very friendly. Very Japanese atmosphere.
Facilities: Excellent washroom facilities. Great cleanliness overall
Prices: reasonable.
Strong Points: Great sake from Shizuoka and Japan Great Shochu. Home-made umeshu. Mainly local products, especially organic vegetables, fish and meat

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Chef Kenya Yoshimura/吉村健也さん is planning some very important projects involving local farmers, fishermen and gastronomes and it was about time I had a serious discussion with him around some of his superlative dishes!

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Kenya’s interests range far and wide including Japanese sake!
These little beauties con\me from Takashima Brewery in Numazu City!

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I sat at the counter to be as close to him as possible and within hand reach of some of the fantastic vegetables he prepares!

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The o-tooshi/お通し is already a mark of his talent: simple, tasty, healthy and local!

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These are truly enormous Ooura burdock roots organically grown by Matsuki Farm in Fujinomiya City!

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Deep-fried in thick rings, they almost look like doughnuts!

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Kenya deep-fries them only coated with cornstarch, thus creating a yummy vegan snack!

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Kenya has achieved fame not only for its choice of vegetables and meats but also for his superb local fish and seafood!
A sashimi plate almost completely from Shizuoka Prefecture, although I haven’t checked where the cuttle fish comes from!

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The very first sakura ebi/Cherry shrimps of the year directly from Yui, although we might have to wait at least two more weeks before we find them fresh on the markets!

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Four different kinds of seafood!

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Hotaru Ika has many names in English: firefly squid, Toyama Squid (because the best come from Toyama Prefecture!), Luminescent Dwarf Squid, Sparkling Enope Squid!

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Madai Aburi/Another fish with many names in English: Red Seabream, Japanese Red Seabream, Red Seabream Snapper or simply True Seabream. Aburi means it was lightly seared to appreciate its skin!

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Houbou/A typical fish from Suruga Bay called Gurnard, Red Gurnard, Sea Robin and many other neames in English!

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Kinmedai/From Izu peninsula! Probably the most unusual English name for a fish: Splendid Alfonsino!

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Shizuoka Vegetables and Amagi Shamo Chicken from Izu Peninsula in hot dressing!

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This chicken, raised by Mr. Horie in Shuzenji, is only one of a kind and arguably considered as the best in Japan!

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Amagi Shamo Chicken and Shizuoka mushrooms oven-baked in home-made basil sauce!

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Crispy mushrooms!

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Kenya’s new venture: Soba/Buckwheat noodles!

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Exclusively made with Japanese native buckwheat!

You will get many more reports soon as Kenya is going to embark into new ventures soon!

UZU
Shizuoka City, Otowa-cho, 3-18
Tel.: 054-249-6262
Business hours: 17:00~23:00
Closed on Mondays and first Tuesday
Reservations recommended
Credit cards OK
HOMEPAGE (Japanese).

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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