Category Archives: Shizuoka

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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

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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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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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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

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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

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Shizuoka Beer Tasting: Baird Beer-Kurofune Porter

Summer has come and it is a god time to enjoy cool beer in late afternoons!

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Today after having spent 4 hours non-stop on a bicycle and taken a bath I had this Kurofune Ported by Baurd Berr Berwery which has just moved its headquarters in Shuzenji, Izu Peninsula!

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Product name: Baird Beer-Kurofune Porter
Unfiltered
Ingredients: malt, barley, sugars, hops, yeast
Volume: 360 ml
Alcohol: 6%
Process: Unfiltered. Double fermentation for natural bubbles. Live yeast

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Clarity: Smoky but very clean
Color: Dark brown
Foam: Fairly long head. Fine bubbles. Milk coffee color
Aroma: Solid. Bread, caramel
Taste: Well rounded, deep and rich attack. very refreshing for a porter.
Lighter than expected.
Dry. Caramel, bread.
Pleasantly lingers on with a drier accent, more caramel and coffee beans.

Overall: A very satisfying brew, but quite elegant and light for a porter.
Chilled, it makes for a superlative summer or evening drink.
Although it marries well with food, one can best appreciate it on its own!

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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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Broad Beans & Green Tea Gnocchi at Papa Restaurant, shizuoka city!

Service: Kind and easy-going
Facilities & Equipment: Overall very clean. Excellent washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: Gnocchi!

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Today, although I had not planned any lunch (on a diet these days!) I nonetheless got tempted when a friend of mine sent the picture of a new seasonal gnocchi by Chef Akira Oheda at Papa Restaurant in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!
The power of facebook!

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Only in Japan, gnocchi made with broad beans and green tea!
No eggs used incidentally, so very healthy!

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Served with boiled broad beans, fried mushrooms and broad bean and green tea cream sauce!

Need I say more!

PAPA
Chef: Akira Oheda
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajyo, 1-2-2 (1 minute walk from Cenova Department Store)
Tel.: 054-253-1819
Opening hours: Lunch, 11:00~14:00, Tea time, 14:00~16:00
Dinner: on reservation only for parties from 4 guests~, 17:300~21:00 (weekdays). Reservations to be made 48 hours in advance!
Sundays: 11:30~15:30, 17:30~21:00
Closed on Mondays
Cash only
HOMEPAGE(Japanese)
FACEBOOK

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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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Moray Eel at Shizuoka Parche Market!

I must say I found an unusual fish at the Parche Market inside Shizuoka JR Station today!
It is not much of a surprise for me, but it could be to some people!

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Moray eels, also called “utsubo/ウツボ in Japanese!

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I have seen some marooned on beaches. These were caught in Suruga Bay.
At 40 yen per 100 g, cheap!

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Nice face, isn’t it?

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The Japanese eat them raw as sashimi, deep-fried/karaage, stewed/nimono, sun-dried/himono, in soups or steamed in soy sauce!

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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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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 34: Along the Miho Beach, Shimizu ku, Shizuoka City!

I have already mentioned manhole cob\evrs in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City.
This is a very large area indeed and it tends to mix all kinds of covers since it was merged with Shizuoka City.
But if like me yesterday you happened to cycle along the Miho Beach, especially along the parallel streets running through urban parts you will find them concentrated in large numbers!

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I will describe them in the order I found them!
two together there!

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A cover belonging to Shimizu City before it was merged!
This type is for river water collection.
There is another type with the same design!

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Another Shimzsu City type with azaleas dating back before the merger!
Actually all do in that particular area!

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Typical rectangular fire hydrant access cover!

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An unusual double cover with the Miho beach design for rain water!

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Those two different fire hydrant access covers are typical of Shimizu City!

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The second type with the Miho Beach design for rain water!

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A geometrical design sewer cover with the Shimizu City symbol in its center!

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Another geometrical design for rain water collection!

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Pressurized air access!

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Another geometrical motif sewer cover!

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Shimizu is soccer land!
A medium-sized orange valve access!

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The same, smaller and blue!

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A fairly complicated cover which could be opened in many ways!

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The most famous fire Hhdrant cover in Shimizu with soccer players!

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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 (48): English Disaster Drinks and Weird Hearts!

“When you have felt thirst
in your heart,
You are in need of an oasis for
quench your thirst.
Your heart are thirsting for
a good feeling of place”

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English teachers, it is about time to warn your students about the dangers of Google Translation Services!

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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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Weird Japan (46): Rabbit Road Guard Rails!

Japan is a safe country to the point of decorating part-time road guard rails when proceeding with works on their roads!

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Yes, rabbits!
One way to keep the kids off dangerous roads!
And it is one example!
I’ve already seen blue ducks and blue and white Mount Fuji!

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
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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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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Haginishiki Brewery-Surugayoi Junmai Homare Fuji Nama

Haginishiki brewery in Shizuoka is another brewery experimenting with Shizuoka-grown Homare Fuji sake rice!

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Surgayoi/駿河酔: “Suruga” stands for the name of the large bay off Shozuoka Prefecture and also for the old name of the eastern half of the Prefecture. “Yoi” means “enjoying your aske/getting drunk”!

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Being a junmai nama means no pure rice alcohol was blended into it and that it was left unpasteurized.

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Rice: 100% hHomare Fuji
Rice milled down to 60%
Dryness: +3
Acidity: 1.6
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in March 2014

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Golden hue
Aroma: Dryish and fruity. Custard, banana.
Body: Fluid
Taste: Fruity attack backed up with a gentle junmai petillant.
Complex. Hard to catch. Pears, bananas.
Quickly disappears with hints of nuts and dry oranges.
Takes on a slightly drier turn with food but keeps to its original character.

Overall: A sake for all seasons.
Both solid and stolid and eminently reliable.
Obviously conceived for food, especially heavy izakaya fare.
A sake to take to a BBQ!

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ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Kanzawagawa Brewery-Shosetsu Honjozo Nama genshu

Kanzawagawa Brewery in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, have been bottling their brews in his practical 300ml size for quite some time, which makes it easier for tasting on your own back home without having to consume a full bottle in a hurry!
At the same time it is to carry around. If you have the chance to find quite a few different at the same time, it becomes great fun tasting at a BBQ outdoors for example!

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Rice milled down to 65%
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees (genshu, no pure water added)
Bottled in February 2014

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Almost transparent
Aroma: Assertive and fruity. Dry. Pears, custard
Body: Fluid
Taste: Very dry and fruity attack.
Pleasant alcohol (genshu). Complex.
Custard, chestnuts. late appearance of oranges with hints of milk coffee.
Lingers only for a short while before departing on a sweeter note.
Gets drier with food.
Does marry well with food without losing any of its character.
Will turn back onto a sweeter note away from food.

Overall: Very elegant and surprisingly complex for a honjozo, the more for it because it is a genshu as well
The kind of sake to impress guests at an open buffet party by serving it into transparent glassware without any warnings or information and invite them for a blind tasting challenge!

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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
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First Harvest in a brand new Tea Field in Shizuoka with Marufuku Tea Company!

Asami Itoh/伊藤麻実さん, the young owner/manager of Marufuku Tea Comppany/丸福製茶株式会社 in Shizuoka City had been experimenting with organic tea for quite some time with her late father Bunji/伊藤文治さん.
Yesterday I was invited to the first picking/Ichiban Cha ever in a new field she had developed in view to produce more organic tea.

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Asami with a friend and one of her veteran employees!

For this special occasion she had invited many of her close friends for this first ever harvest in her new field!

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The new field is located in high altitude, about 600 meters, along the River Abe in Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Hirano/静岡市葵区平野 in a field called Ogi Hatake/扇畑!

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Even at this high altitude the fields have to be constantly protected from the damage caused by wild boars, deer and what else!

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When I arrived at 9:00 some people already busy hand-picking the tea sunder the supervision of Japan Agriculture Department inspector!

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Asami does not like things being half done!
When devising her new field she also had a wooden house built for tea harvest storage and even modern toilets on top of water and electricity!

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Plenty of space for a car park, too!

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Firewood for the colder season when fields have to be cleaned and tended!

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Some of the morning harvest when I arrived!

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Asami had planted some rosemary along the tea fields as she intends to market a scented tea in the future!

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The part of tea field where I was going to contribute to the harvesting!

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Can you see the new leaves on the trees!

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Each new leaves have to be selected with eye and touch before being twisted out (not pinched out) by hand!

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Tea leaves in my own basket!

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An employee came regularly among us to receive individual harvests!

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It was a hot day even in the morning at this high altitude!

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Two more employees were tallying the crop safely stored away from the sun inside the shed!

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The forty of us had harvested no less than 100 kg by noon!

In the evening I received good news from an e-mail sent by Asami:
Apparently the tea has been judged of high quality and will be submitted to a National Judge Panel!

Asami is convinced this is the fruit of the friendship of all the people who turned up to participate to this first ever crop!

Marufuku Tea Factory (Owner: Ms. Asami Itoh)
420-0006 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Wakamatsu, Cho, 25
Tel.: 054-271-2011
Fax: 054-271-2010
Mobile: 090-3250-4188

CHA-O (Director, Ms. Asami Itoh)
420-0006 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Wakamatsu Cho, 94
Tel: 054-253-8421
Fax: 054-253-8413
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ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
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Kura: Japanese Traditional Warehouses in Shizuoka Prefecture 17: Wagura izakaya in 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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The other day I had arrived early for an appointment in front of Shimada JR station north exit and dedcided to a walk around the neighborhood, hoping against the odds to find something new and interesting in spite of visiting the place at least once a week!
Out of the blue, figuratively as it was almost dusk and evrything was turning shades of grey and blue, I found one large building housing local izakaya. My eyes were attracted by the traditional lattice design/namako at the lower part of the walls. The building itself was not a kura but my curiosity kept me looking beyond to the next house… and there for all to see stood a splendid kura! Why the heck hadn’t I noticed before!

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I probably had never bothered to look up to discover this beautiful window!

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One other reason was because the whole edifice had been transformed into a traditional izakaya restaurant and the door hadN’t attracted my attention util then
Mind you it is in a back street you do need a purpose to visit otherwise!

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Roofing perfectly maintained!
obviously the neighboring building must have belonged to a rich family who protected their belongings indie that kura!

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Its lower wall is also designed with a namako-style lattice pattern!

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Great atmosphere!

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Visit & Tea Ceremony at Cha no Sato/Tea Museum in Kanaya, Shimada City!

The other day I had the occasion to revisit Cha No Sato/Tea museum in Kanay, Shimada City with a few American friends eager to know all about tea!

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the Museum is surrounded by a traditional Japanese garden!

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And inside the garden itself stands a traditional tea ceremony Pavillion!
When visiting the Musuum you can purchase a ticket, either for the Museum visit only, the tea ceremony only, or for both!

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Kanaya is famous for its all over Japan and the tea fields are very near!

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Past the entrance of the Museum you will be able to check the neighboring tea fields on a model!

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A model of traditional tea picking ladies!

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An old traditional Japanese tea set!

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An antique tea pot!

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The old traditional of carrying and selling tea in 100 or 1,000 “ryou” bamboo bags!

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A Russian samovar!

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the entrance to the world tea saloons museum!

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Many visitors from mainland China and Taiwan on that day!

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The place is replete with tea samples from all over the World!

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Another display!

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And yet another display with harvests from all over the World!

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A British tearoom of yore!

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A Imperial Chinese Tea Saloon!

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Inside a Nepalese home!

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Solid gold tea set!

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Another invaluable antique tea set!

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Back to the Nepalese home! (It was particularly crowded with selfies n that day!)

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Complete with traditional bed and furniture!

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Traditional tribal clothes from Southern China!

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A model of the present neighborhood tea fields of Makinohara!

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Japanese tea party of yore!

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A corner of the Museum has been set apart for trying your hand at making matcha tea powder you can take with you as a souvenir!

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Antique Japanese tea processing machines!

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Moriyama Tea Set!

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Wedgewood Tea Set!

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A Ming Dragon pot!

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Then it was time to attend a tea ceremony.
The wagashi/Japanese cake of the month was called “No Hana no Kagayaki/the brilliance of a field flower”!

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The Tea Ceremony Pavilion!

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Walking past the Japanese garden!

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A great source of photographs!

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I’d love to admire this garden in other seasons!

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A special rest area above the water!

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The traditional tea ceremony tatami room!

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All the matcha tea prepared for each guest!

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The matcha tea to be drunk in three sips!

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And a beautiful and delicious wagashi cake tp savor between two bowls of matcha tea!

Access:
Train: 5 minutes by bus or taxi from Kanaya Station on the JR Tokaido Line.
Car: 10 minutes by car from Sagara/Makinohara I.C. on Tomei Expressway
Or 15 minutes from Ojiro I.C. Bypass

Museum visitor’s regular exhibition fee: 600 yen per adult. Cheaper for students, groups and disabled people.
Service hours: 9:00 a.m.~5:00 p.m.
Museum and Teahouse visitor fee: 1,00 yen per adult. Cheaper for students, groups and disabled people.
Service hours: 9:30 a.m.~4:00 p.m.

The teahouse only admission is 500 yen per person (no discount)

Address: The Tea Musuem/Ocanosato, 3053-2, Kanaya, Shimada Shi, Shizuoka Ken, 428-0022 Japan
Tel: (81)0547-46-5588
Fax: (81)0547-46-5577
Closed every Tuesday (the following day when Tuesday is a National Holiday), December 29th~January 3rd.
Parking: free of charge for 9 large buses and 90 cars.

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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

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