Category Archives: Shizuoka

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

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

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

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

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

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The same type with a colored center!

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An even older type of Shimizu City fire hydrant cover!

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

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

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First you will reach the Kusanagi Shinto Shrine!

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

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

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

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For collecting river and rain waters!

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Check that you are on the right path!

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Have a good look at the map!

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It is bilingual!

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It also gives you indications on the time needed!

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Your first steps will take you through rural land!

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Green tea fields and the last winter Chinese cabbage!

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You are on the right path!

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Peach tree field!

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This is orange tree land!

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Discovered this cute shed before the next bend!

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

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

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

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

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Mount Fuji!

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Shizuoka is also the land of green tea in japan!

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

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You never know, you may meet some elves there!

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Plenty of ferns at the foot of tall cedar trees!

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Follow the trail!

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There are definitely sprites among hose trees! LOL

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

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Goal!

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What is that statue?

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

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

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The overview!

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Shimizu Harbor and the Suruga Bay!

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Mount Fuji!

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Suruga Bay and Izu Peninsula in the distance!

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

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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

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Kura: Traditional Japanese Warehouse in Shizuoka Prefecture 23: Hon Tori, Shizuoka City!

“Kura” (in Japanese 蔵 or 倉) means “warehouse” or “Storehouse”.
In traditional Japan, especially during the Edo Era, as most of buildings and urban/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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thanks to the directions of my good friend, Atsuko Kurata, I found, atthe second attempt, this kura hidden along the Hon Tori Street in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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It is easy to miss as it is tucked away from the pavement at the end of a new car park, indicating it was probably the warehouse of a company that ceased to function. in such cases the Japanese owners of such abandoned businesses transform the area available into a car park.
I also noticed another minuscule kura in the front left corner.

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Can you distinguish the small white door on the left?

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The whole kura is quite big, so it must have been a commerce of a certain worth in the past!

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The front is still in pretty good repair, so it must be used as a shed by the owners in the house in the same enclosure.

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but the roof needs to be weeded!

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For a better view beside the owners’ house!

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On the other hand , the back looked pretty decrepit!

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Cement plastering flaking away…

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The back door lock is crudely blocked with cement.

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I’m afraid the owners are not ready to spend money on plastering!

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How long is it going to survive?

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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

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Hatsukame Brewery-Akiagari Honjozo Genshu

Although cheaper than a junmai/sake not blended with pure rice alcohol, the blending of a honjozo is actually no easy matter. And it is even rare to find it in its genshu state, that is blended with pure water to lower the alcohol level!

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These days Hatsukame Brewery puts a small red circle called “maru” in memory of a beloved cat of the same name!

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Rice: oyama Nishiki + Gohaykumangoku
Rice milled down to 65%
Alcohol: 18~19 degrees
Dryness: + 2.0
Acidity: 1.75
Bottled in September 2014

Clarity: very clear
Color: transparent
Aroma: assertive. Pears, alcohol, green apples
Body: fluid
Taste: very dry and fruity attack backed by beautiful acidity.
After a strong alcohol appearance subtly slides onto a sweet and fruity note.
Very elegant for a honjozo.
Complex: pears, green apples.
Varies little with food.

Overall: Would make for a superb aperitif but actually marries beautifully with any food, including meat and heavy izakaya fare.
For lovers of strong but subtle 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

Shizuoka Beer tasting: Baird Beer-Red Rose Amber Ale

Due to increasing demand, Bryan Baird had to move his brewery from Numazu City to Shuzenji in Izu Peninsula recently, but on the other hand his beers are increasingly available in many stores in Shizuoka City!

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“Red Rose Amber Ale” was named so because Bryan wanted to introduce the taste of red roses in this beer dark ale!

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Product name: Baird Beer-Red Rose Amber Ale
Unfiltered
Ingredients: barley malt, barley, sugars, hops, yeast
Volume: 360 ml
Alcohol: 5.5%
Process: Unfiltered. Double fermentation for natural bubbles at low temperature. Live yeast

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Clarity: Smoky but very clean (natural for unfiltered beer)
Color: Dark orange
Foam: Long head. Fine bubbles. Very light orange color
Aroma: Solid. Fruity. Oranges, citruses, bread
Taste: Dry, deep and fruity attack. Very refreshing.
Dry oranges, bread with hints of persimmon. Late appearance of apricots.
Varies little with food, except for deeper and drier oranges.
Lingers for a while in the palate before leaving with an even drier note.

Overall: Very refreshing, deep, solid, reliable and elegant craft beer.
Enjoyable in any season. Great with food.
Personally I enjoy it most on a hot evening on its own, lightly chilled, and try to savor it as slowly as possible (not easy!)!
Mind you, because of its strong orange taste, might be best enjoyed in winter in Shizuoka!

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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

Japanese Ladies fashion in Shizuoka 54: Summer Heels!

It does not matter if it is hot or not, Shizuoka ladies have some set minds when it comes to shoes and heels!

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Whatever they wear, they tend to wear shoes with heels of varying height and styles!

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When ladies are blessed with long legs they want to show as much of them as possible!

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And summer does prevent them from overdressing if it can emphasize the perceived beauty of their legs!

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When legs are of the average length, ladies will go to any other lengths to increase that very length!

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The result is always of the wanted kind!

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It is not always easy!

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But some ladies are more proficient at the art!

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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

Shizuoka Beer Tasting: Orache Wind Valley Beer-Limited Seasonal Pils

Shizuoka Beer Tasting: Orache Wind Valley Beer-Limited Seasonal Pils

The other day I had the chance to find one of the very few seasonal craft beers produced by Orache Wind Valley beer in Kannami Cho, Tago Gun, Shizuoka Prefecture (between Mishima and Atami)!

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Wind Valley/Kaze no Tani/風の谷 is actually the name of the place the brewery chose to establish itself!

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Announced as an “Extravagant Pils”!

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Product: Orache Brewery Limited Seasonal Pils
Draught/nama Beer, unfiltered
Ingredients: Barley Malt, barley, hops. Live yeast.
Contents: 360 ml

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Clarity: Very clean if somewhat a bit smoky (normal as it is unfiltered)
Alcohol: 5.5 degrees
Color: Deep gold
Foam: Fine bubbles. Very long head
Aroma: Assertive. Fruity. Oranges, bread
Taste: Very deep refreshing attack.
    Complex. Oranges, persimmons.
Lingers nicely on the palate.
Disappears on a drier note with subtle acidity and orange peels.
Changes little with food.

Overall: Very pleasant and elegant. Fruity and dry with great balance.
Insistently calls for the next sip.
Although great with food, eminently pleasurable on its own, especially on a hot afternoon/evening!

ORACHE WIND VALLEY BEER

Orache, originally a dairy products company was the first to produce organic microbeers in Japan!
It produces 4 regular brews and seasonal ones, too.
Tago Gun, Kannami Cho (south of Mishima City), Tanna, 349-1
〒419-0105 静岡県田方郡函南町丹那349-1
Tel.: 055-974-4192
Business hours: 09:00~17:30
HOMEPAGE (Japanese only)

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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

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Kanzawagawa Brewery: Shosetsu Yamakoge Junetsu Junmai Ginjo Nama

Kanzawagawa Brewery in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City does sometimes come with some interestingly named limited brews!

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It is a Junmai Ginjo Nama.

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As for its name “Yamakage Jyunetsu” it is related to a famous military scholar of the Edo Period!

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Rice milled down 50%
Dryness: +2~ +4
Acidity: 1.2~1.4
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in March 2014

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Very faint golden hue
Aroma: Dry and fruity: Cherries, apricots, pears.
Body:: Fluid, slightly sirupy
Taste: Dry and fruity attack.
Complex. Little junmai petillant.
Pears, milk coffee, dark chocolate.
Turns sweeter with food with coffee beans taking a bigger role.
Very elegant and easy to drink.

Overall: Beautiful sake fit for tasting sessions.
Superb slightly chilled
Great balance in dryness and acidity.
No wonder it is limited to one single tank!
Makes for a superb reasonably-priced present!

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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