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Shizuoka Beer Tasting: Aoi Brewing- Weizen

At long last, Aoi brewing in Shizuoka City has released its Weizen!

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It certainly proved better than expected in spite of the high esteem for Aoi Brewing craft beers!
incidentally The brewery is in the process of making a wholly Shizuoka Weizen with barley and its malt produced in Fujinomiya City at the foot of Mount Fuji!

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Served on tap
Wheat, Australian Galaxy hop, Tettnang hop, Pilsner malt, Wheat malt, sugars.
ABV: 5%
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: light orange
Bubbles: longish head. Very fine bubbles, a little creamy. White.
Aroma: assertive. Dry banana with hints of cloves and lemon.
Taste: very refreshing, dry and fruity attack.
Some welcome acidity well balanced by dry bananas and softened by hints of lemon.
Deep pleasant taste lingering long enough on palate for tru tasting.
Stays true to first impressions all the way through.
Practically does not change with food.

Overall: definitely heads and shoulders above most Weizen found in this country. Stronger and more reliable, too.
Solid and so reliable. Refreshing craft beer for all seasons!
Definitely bound to become a long seller!

AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK

BEER GARAGE

Aoi Brewing Co.,Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyagasaki Chyo, 30
Tel.: 054-294-8911
Opening hours: 17:00~23:00 (Monday~Friday), 15:00~23:00 (Saturday), 15:00~22:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Tuesdays
COD, Cash On Delivery only for all orders.
MAP

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-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 CityShizuoka

Organic and Natural Agriculture with Mentally-impaired Patients at “Workshop Leaf “in Shizuokka City (1)!

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Shizuoka City is very active with the welfare of mentally and physically impaired children, and consequently adults, because it is the location of one of the only two “Children Hospitals” in Japan.
It is also very much used as research center or “test case” to find ways to make life easier for such patients.
The fact that Shizuoka City has a mild climate all year through was played an important role in choosing and equipping such a location. But children eventually have to leave hospitals and be looked after in special institutions.
One such institution is Workshop Leaf in Kita, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City.

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They came up with the idea of creating a garden under the leadership of young Ryoji Takeda/武田良治さん to grow organic and natural vegetables in 2009.
JAS (Japanese Agricultural Standard/日本農林規格) gave them recognition as an organic agriculture farm in September 2014.

I finally visited the for the first time thanks to the help of my friend Nahoko Imai今井奈保子さん who runs a Fair Trade associated shop called Teebom in Sumpu Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City (report coming soon!) where she sells some of their products

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Organic herb tea.

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Black and brown rice recognised as Eco farm products by the Shizuoka Prefecture Government.

Workshop Leaf does not only .produce agricultural products but also Japanese paper/Washi/和紙 and some reaaly cute dye cloths (another report coming soon!)!

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Adult patients living in Workshop Leaf are severely mentally impaired and need constant care.
Among their occupations is farming under constant supervision. They seemed very calm and attentive to me in spite of their obvious impairments. I’m convinced such a natural outdoors occupation contributes to their well-being.

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The farming is divided into two distinct projects, one organic and the other”natural”, that is done with no fertilizer, pesticides or even water.
The fertilizers used for the organic cultivation are basically organic matter matter including chicken manure, other animal manure and kurosekkai/黒石灰/black Calcium cyanamide.

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Organic leeks.

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Green peas.

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Cabbages.

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Nahoko Imai and Ryoji Imai inspecting the “natural” fields.

As for the natural farming, fields are only covered with rice husks to protect them.

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The original soil has been mixed with fine bamboo chips to help the natural breakdown of soil into a rich bed for vegetables. Interestingly enough insects hate such a soil thus making the use of pesticide obsolete.
I do recognize I need to explain in more detail such a cultivation but I don’t want to write mistakes and in any case this article is the first one of a monthly visit, therefore expect more details in the near future not only about the life in Workshop Leaf but also about their cultivation!

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Natural cultivation carrots!

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Appetizing natural carrots!

Actually I talked at length about the marketing of such agricultural products. Some local restaurants are already buying them and I plan not only to suggest other plant species but also introduce the farm to more local restaurants and chefs!

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Natural farming turnips.

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Natural farming fennel.

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Natural farming artichokes.

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Natural farming Swiss chard.

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They do need to expand and already have another small field and a green house.

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Inside view of the green house especially used for herbs!

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More carrots.

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Mint.

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Coriander.

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Violet daikon in the field nearby.

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Big red radishes in the field nearby.

More coming next month!

WORKSHOP LEAF

420-0961 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Kita, 3-18-37
Opening hours: 08:30~17:30
Closed on week ends
Tel.: 054-248-2705
E-mail address: wa-kushoppu@cy.tnc.ne.jp

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French Winter Lunch at Chez Mont-Pierre in Shizuoka City!

Service: Very friendly, accommodating and helpful
Equipment & Facilities: Superb cleanliness overall. Extravagant washroom. Entirely non-smoking. Separate room for families with children.
Prices: Very reasonable considering the quality and generosity
Strong points: High class Classical French gastronomy with a modern and inventive touch. Excellent wine list.

As I said before, Shizuoka City is divided into 3 distinct wards, Aoi Ku, Suruga Ku, and Shimizu Ku. Suruga Ku south of Shizuoka JR Station is rapidly evolving into a gastronomic area to provide for a growing population and palliate for the congested Aoi Ku north of Shizuoka JR Station.

Yesterday Bernard Heberlé, owner-chef pâtissier at Abondance in Hamamatsu City came to visit me in Shizuoka City and I thought it a good opportunity to introduce him to one of the few great restaurants he hadn’t visited in our town yet!

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He actually had a great time deciphering the menu both written in French and Japanese.
Chez Mont-Pierre offers three different lunch courses and wine by the glass for lunch.
We opted for the medium menu which I knew would be more than enough even at the reasonable price!

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All bread is home-baked!

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The first appetizer!

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Don’t forget to open the small jar first!

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Soupe à l’oignon nouveau/new onion soup and Consommé Paris Soir!

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Bavaroise de Reblochon purée de petits pois/Reblochon cheese bavaroise and mashed green peas!

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Second appetizer:
Oeuf à la Coque et au Champignon de Cèpe et Petite Quiche Lorraine au Foie Gras et Crême de Poireaux aux Truffes/Half-boiled egg with cep mushroom and small Quiche Lorraine with leek and truffle cream!

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The third appetizer!

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Escalope de Saumon Crème au Vermouth/Salmon escalope with Vermouth Cream!
Incidentally all vegetables including above small turnips are local!

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The fourth appetizer!

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Étuvée et purée de Légumes et fruits de Mer/Steamed and mashed vegetables and seafood plate!

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Such a pleasure to discover all the hidden ingredients!

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My friends had fish for their main course!

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Suruga Bay Amadai/Tilefish poêlée on its skin and fresh vegetables!

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Such attention to small details!

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I had meat as my main course!

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Hamamatsu pork escalope!

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Who said pork is not a noble meat?

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Where shall I start eating it!

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Succulent Darjheeling Tea pudding avant-dessert/pre dessert!

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The double plateau of home-desserts!

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You can order as many as you want!

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But you are kindly to eat all your order!

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Can you guess what I ordered?

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Tarte Tatin (reversed apple tart) and cheese cake!

Of course, tea, coffee, or expresso (single or double) is included!

Difficult to beat anywhere in japan at 30 US $/25 Euros!

CHEZ MONT-PIERRE
Chef: Kenichi Meguro/目黒研一さん

422-0836 Shizuoka City, Suruga Ku, Shikiji, 1-5-27
Tel.: 054-236-0255
Opening hours: 11:30~14:00, 17:30~21:00
Closed on Mondays all day & 2nd and 4th Sundays for dinner
Cards OK for dinner only
Private room for 4~8 guests
Parties welcome
Group courses available for 10~22 guests.
Car park available
Entirely non-smoking!
Call beforehand!

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Shizuoka Tasting: Suruga Brewery-Abekaido Tokubetsu Honjozo

Abekaido is one of the brands taken over by Suruga Brewery when they acquired the license of defunct Yoshiya Brewery in Shizuoka City.
It was certainly worth it what the beautiful label and the exquisite sake!

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This particular brand is readily available in 300 ml bottles, the perfect size for tasting and present/souvenir!

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Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15.7 degrees
Dryness: + 7
Bottled in November 2014

Clarity: very clear
Color: faint golden hue
Aroma: Dry and fruity. Pears, green apples
Body: fluid
Taste: dry and fruity attack backed up with pleasant alcohol.
Complex: pears, green apples, notes of banana, almonds oranges.
Lingers for a short while before departing on a slightly sweeter note with dark chocolate, milk coffee and nuts.
Varies little with food. Marries beautifully with any kind of food, but particularly with heavy food, Japanese or Western.

Overall: A solid, reliable and complex sake obviously conceived to accompany food. Complex enough to ask many questions.
A sure value one expects to taste and enjoy again every year!
Not as dry as expected, would do superbly with cheese and cold meats in particular in lieu of a strong white wine.

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ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
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Healthy Lunch at Cyohachi Coffee in Shizuoka City!

Service: Shy but very friendly and smiling
Facilities & Equipment: Very clean overall. Excellent washroom. Entirely non-smoking
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Lunch cafe! very healthy lunches with local ingredients. Open as a cosy cafe all
day!

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fortunately for the true cafes and healthy food lovers there seems to be a resurgence of establishments which offer you something different from the industrialized diners and cafes invading our streets in Shizuoka City and Prefecture!

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One such place is Cyohachi Coffee/長八珈琲店 tucked away in Sumpu Cho away from the bustling center of Shizuoka City!
It does have a lot of merits apart of their delicious coffee and healthy food!

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Most of their ingredients are local!

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You can take a seat at the counter or at a table on the first floor, but if you wish for some peace climb the stairs to the second floor!

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The decoration has been thankfully kept to a minimum with a simple and homey atmosphere!

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Not only a great place to enjoy coffee or tea, but the lunch menu is definitely worth a good look!

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And the place is entirely nonsmoking!

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I had the hand–made hamburger lunch set for my first visit!

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Soup!

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More than enough for lunch!

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Fresh greens salad!

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Home-made hamburger!

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I mean a delicious stewed open hamburger!

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Steamed rice with a nice touch!

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Stewed vegetables and tofu, potato salad and home-made pickles!

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Tea or coffee included served with real sugar and milk!

See you there again for another lunch!

CYOHACHI COFFEE/長八珈琲店

420-0856 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Sumpu Cho, 1-32
Tel.: 054-6591076
Opening hours: 11:30~20:30

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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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American Gastronomy: “Lobster & Tile Fish Nage” at BLUE BOOKS CAFE in Shizuoka City!

Service: Very friendly, smiling and attentive
Equipment & Facilities: Great overall cleanliness. Superb washroom in same building separated from the cafe.
Prices: Reasonable for such big servings!
Strong points: Very generous cafe/bistro multi-genred gastronomy. Great variety. Great products. Very modern atmosphere. Great books!

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Yesterday was a cold and I suddenly craved for a hot lunch!
My feet seemed to naturally carry me to BLUE BOOKS CAFE in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shziuoka City!
It took me some time before making up my mind!

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I finally opted for the “Lobster (“Homard” in Japanese) and Tile fish (“Amadai” in japanese) Nage (French for “Swim”/light sauce/broth) with seasonal vegetables!

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The lunch set includes unlimited home-baked bread!

Dessert is not included (good for me who is carefully monitoring y weight!) but coffee or tea can be added for 100 more yen! Very good value indeed considering it costs less 14 US $ or less than 11 Euros

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The lunch set!
Now, what did I have?

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I limited myself to two pieces of bread although my eyes wanted more! (you can ask for more during the meal!)

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A big enough green salad and black tea!

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The main dish!

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I admit it is a small lobster and only half of one, but it is still good value!

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And tile fish does not come in Japan, either, although it is fortunately a local fish!
The lobster and the fish are mounted on a smooth and creamy potato mash which is delicious mixed with the sauce/broth!

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The local seasonal vegetables were absolutely superb: Broccoli, yellow cauliflower, “Petit Vert” Brussels sprouts (a variety created in Shizuoka Prefecture), snap green peas and turnip!

Great value once again, delicious and so healthy!
Who said that American cuisine is heavy? LOL

BLUE BOOKS CAFE

420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki-Cho, 4-6, Den Bldg 1F (5~10 minutes walk straight ahead from Shizuoka JR Station North Exit, around the corner at the large crossroads)
Tel.: 054-280-7644
Opening hours: 11:00~14:30 (lunch), 14:30^17:30 (cafe), 17:30~23:00 (dinner)
Credit Cards OK
HOMEPAGE
FACEBOOK
Twitter: @BlueBooksCafe

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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
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Kusanagi Shinto Shrine (草薙神社) in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

Kusanagi shrine (草薙神社) in Kusanagi, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, has been a major sanctuary in the city of Shizuoka, more precisely the former city of Shimizu before the two were merged at the end of the 20th Century.
It involves a good walk, so choose a shiny day, preferably in winter although you must not miss the rocket festival held in September.
Take either the normal train (Tokaido Line) or the local Shizutetsu Line and get down at Kuasanagi Stations.
Proceed straight to the main crossing and turn left.

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You will find a big torii/sacred gate across the street.
Walk under and walk straight for about 20 minutes!

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Ancient plaque somewhat difficult to read!

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A new stone monument is there to ascertain this is the right shrine!

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Signs will be found along the way to confirm your right path!

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Getting very near!

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The shrine across the road!

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The torii of the main entrance!

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The lantern with the shrine crest and an informative board!

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It has been officially venerated since 1432 but records back to Year 927 mention it!

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Pass under the torii and its rice straw garland!

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Some stone stairs are in wit for you!

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A warrior of yore!

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Old history on stone!

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A short but nice flight of stone stairs running through ancient trees!

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No, the shrine is not on fire! Just burning dead trees away!

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Incredibly old tree being venerated!

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A 1,000 year old tree with a height of 15 meters and spread of 12 meters!

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And it is venerated through its own little shrine!

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The roofed stone hand washing basin!

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Cute hand towels!

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The gate to the main shrine!

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A solemn guard!

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And his companion!

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Part of the September Fire Rocket Festival gear!

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They even have a rocket on display at a side building!

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The main shrine!

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New Year prayer messages!

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The “smiling” lion guard!

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The “roaring” lion guard!

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This is an important shrine since it has no less than three ropes for bells to be rung by worshipers!

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Let’s have a peek inside!

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Old paintings!

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Festival drum!

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Looking back at the entrance!

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An older shrine beside the main one!

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An old stone lantern!

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It is carved out with a crescent moon!

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A rare hollyhock carving proving that the shrine was venerated by Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu!

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The older shrine in a long and low shape!

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New Year rice paste offerings!

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It has its own small altar!

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Side view of the main shrine!

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Side view of the inner shrine behind the main shrine. Inaccessible to the pubic!

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Beautiful roofing!

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Sponsors’ names!

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Another older type but smaller shrine on the other side of the main shrine!

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Left side view!

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Time slip!

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More sponsors’ names!

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Board explaining that the 25-kg rocket can reach an altitude of 300 meters!

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Looking forward to next September!

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A side entrance torii gate!

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The small rocket museum!

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Detailed sight of the inside fireworks mechanism!

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The rocket launching ramp!

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Dragon!

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They also house a kyudo/archery club!

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The archery range!

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See you there again next September!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
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, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City