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Oshiba Shrine (小芝神社) in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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I discovered this particular shrine by pure chance in a side street not far from Shimizu JR Station.

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When I queried about it to a passer-by I was kindly answered that it was only a small and dirty shrine, the way to pique my curiosity!

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It is quite old as part of it was restored in the 1920’s!

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Walking towards the old torii/sacred gate!

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The hand washing stone basin was derelict, indeed!

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The smaller but older torii!

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Actually it bears the name of one of the shrines found inside the precincts, “Hachimangu/ハ血幡宮”!
It is also remarkable for the two shishi/lion guards under the plaque!

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A strange-shaped votive board!

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I see! This shrine is particularly popular with soccer players and fans!

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The “haiden/hall for worshipers”!

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Why three bell ropes?
I actually found the reason later!

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An unusual closed-mouthed shishi/komainu/lion guard!

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His open-mouthed companion!

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The portable shrine with its cart inside the haiden!

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Actually the whole Oshiba Shrine is nothing less than an association of many smaller shrines as proved by this series of red-painted torii gates!

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When you notice such red-painted torii you can expect the foxes of the Inari Goddess/Agriculture Goddess!

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Unusually fierce-looking fox guard!

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Same impression from his companion!

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A group of three smaller but cute shrines!

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The first one!

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The second one!

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With a whole bestiary to investigate!

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“Shishi/lion guard” and “baku/nightmare-eater”!

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The third one!

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The foxes guard them as couples!

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The other fox couple!

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The colors reminded me other countries!

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More baku!

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Walking back through the row of torii!

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Tiny “kamidana/shrines”!

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Discarded shrines and statues at the back!

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I wouldn’t mind taking some of these foxes back but that would be stealing!

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Small shrines of another age!

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More foxes with Okinawan cheesa!

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The honden/main shrine is inaccessible but its design confirmed that the local God was a Goddess indeed!

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Wooden architecture details!

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from the side!

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Plenty of venerable trees!

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Good-bye Oshiba Shrine!

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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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Italian Gastronomy: Dinner at SOLIO (may 2014) in Shizuoka City!

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The other day i visited Solio , my favorite Italian Restaurant in Shizuoka City for the first time since last November and I noticed some changes in the opening hours!
Lunch: 11:30~13:30 (l.O.) (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday)
Dinner: 17:00~22:00 (l.o.), 17:00~23:: (Friday, Saturday)
Closed on Monday

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But as usual the specialties of the day’s boar is still a joy to read!

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and it is always a pleasure to discover the smiling faces of Chef Takehiko Katoh/加藤武彦さん/Sommelier Mieko Osawa/小澤三江子さ!

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As for wine as usual, too, the best deal is ordering by the carafe, eminently enjoyable Italian Riesling in this case!

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And the bread is always hme-baked!

Now, what did we have this time?

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A carpaccio you will be hard put to find in Tokyo at that price for that quality!

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Madai/true seabream from Shizuoka!

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We always make a point to order banya cauda!

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The vegetables are always from Shizuoka Prefcture!

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And many of them are grown in Chef Takehiko Katoh/加藤武彦さん’s own garden!

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A favorite of mine, a French delicacy served the Italian way!

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Horsemeat tartare!

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Another specialty which could considered as fusion Italian!

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Sea urchin flan!

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An appetizer to be savored slowly!

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As the last dish (we had to skip dessert this time) was taking some time to prepare, so Chef Takehiko Katoh/加藤武彦さん gracefully served us a small appetizer of pan-fried zucchini and burdock root!

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The dish we were waiting for is called “Stracotto di Stinco”!

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Can you guess what it is? And there is enough of it for two!

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Pig shin stewed in white wine for more than four hours!

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And we didn’t leave anything!

looking forward to our summer’s dinner there again!

SOLOIO

Chef Takehiko Katoh/加藤武彦さん/Sommelier Mieko Osawa/小澤三江子さん

420-0858 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenmacho, 9-7, Kita, 1
Tel./fax: 054-260-4637
Business hours:
Lunch: 11:30~13:30 (l.O.) (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday)
Dinner: 17:00~22:00 (l.o.), 17:00~23:: (Friday, Saturday)
Closed on Monday
Credit cards OK
Private parties welcome!
Entirely non-smoking!

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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!
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Tricolor Shizuoka-Cannes Festival in Shizuoka City!

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La Sommeliere Wine and Sake Shop Stand!

For quite some time now citizens of Shizuoka City have taken over the events held to commemorate the sistership between their city and Cannes in Southern France.
The main attractions are held during the month of May to coincide with the Cinema Festival in Cannes!
One of these is the Tricolor Festival held mainly in Gofuku Cho, Shichiken Cho and Aoba Park Streets.
This year it is organized with all kinds of stands on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th from 13:00 and 18:00.
Let me show some examples (there are just too many, and you will have to discover the others!):

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You will find the stand of La sommeliere Wine and sake Shop in Gofuku Cho Street in front of Aoi Tower just across from Shizuoka JR Station!

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All kinds of French wines and even beer can be purchased by the glass or even bottle!

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They also sell home-made quiches!

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Really tempting!

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Ludovic Le Teigner, the top-class French Patissier in Shizuoka City had a hard time setting his stand up and already selling his cakes and biscuits at the same time all by himself!

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The next time he will ask his wife along who had to look after their shop!

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Ludovic is from Bretagne and many of his biscuits and jams are inspired by his birthplace!

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Financiers!

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Selling so quickly!

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Eclatant’s stand.
Eclatant is a company extolling the gastronomy of Shizuoka and Cannes among many other collaborations!

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Crepes menu!

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They certainly needed quite a few of them!

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French residents were helping out!

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Sweet!

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Still in the same spot: KUKAI stand!

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They specialize in flavored teas!

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A touch of Southern France!

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More scented teas!

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Yummy-looking cakes!

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Still in the same street: Figaro Bistro stand!

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The menu!

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Escargots and olives!

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Terrine/pate de campagne!

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Great crowd!

Let’s move to Shichiken-Cho Street near Isetan Department Store!

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Lavigne Natural French wines stand!

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All the wines served there are French and organic!

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Busy place!

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Plenty of food available!

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No time to interview the staff!

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For the perfect finish go and taste a real craft beer brewed in Shizuoka City with Naoki Mando and his staff from Aoi Brewing Co.!

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Directly from a limited edition barrel!

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Plenty of snacks there, too!

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Subtle IPA and French Primeur Saison craft beers!

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See you there again this afternoon!

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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
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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Kanzawagawa Brewery-Shosetsu Ginjo

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I actually conducted this tasting in my “secret lair” ( not so secret for many of my friends!)!

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One of my favorite breweries in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City: Kanzawagawa Brewery!
Shosetu ginjo!

Rice milled down to 50%
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Bottled in march 2015

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Clarity: very clear
Color: faint golden hue
Aroma: dry and fruity. Apples, melon, pineapple.
Body: fluid
Taste: dry and very fruity attack baked up with pleasant alcohol.
Complex.
Plums, apricots, muscat, dry custard.
Lingers for a while on the palate before departing on notes of dry plums, oranges and coffee beans.
Late appearance of dark chocolate.
Varies little with food but for a drier note.

Overall: very elegant and deep sake with lots of character in spite of strong alcohol contents.
Eminently enjoyable on its own but beautifully marries with Japanese food, Japanese pickles in particular.
A sure and reliable value!

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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
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Bestiary at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City!

Shinto shrines in Japan, especially the big ones, are hosts to a whole menagerie or bestiary, that is “animals” which are supposed to symbolize or protect the cult abode.
In Shizuoka City, the large Sengen Shrine is a good place to look for them!
Let me show some of them. There are plenty more, but they will be for you to discover!

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“Shishi/Lions” with an unusual “oni/goblin”!

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A “tora/tiger”!

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Another tiger!

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“Hoo/Phoenix”!

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A “kirin/dragon horse”!

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“Koi/carps”!

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“Baku/nightmare eaters”!

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And a “Tastu/dragon”!

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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!
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-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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Bar-Izakaya: Two Base in Shizuoka City!

Service: a bit shy but very friendly
Equipment & facilities: overall very clean. Excellent washroom if a bit small
Prices: Reasonable~slightly expensive
Strong points: Great list of sake. Stand bar with seats on pavement

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Just discovered a new bar cum izakaya cum standing bar in an unusual location at the very crossing of Egawa Street and Showa Street!

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The place is called “Two base”, not because of baseball but because it is the sister bar of another place called KODONA!
The concept is quite practical with the possibility to sit or stand at the counter or at a table on the pavement!

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Looking at the small refrigerator at the entrance you soon find out that sake is a staple there!

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Have a good look at the board outside before entering!

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The bar which Manager Yoshimi Mochizuki/望月良美さん also calls an izakaya offers quite a nice ever-increasing range of sake from the whole country!

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But it does offer more including shochu from Shizuoka Prefecture!

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And don’t worry, there are also plenty of snacks!

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Now, what did I have for my first visit?

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A celebrated sake from Oomuraya Brewery in Shimada City: “Onna Nake/making a woman cry” junmai daiginjo!

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But I couldn’t take my leave before sampling this exquisite junmai ginjo by Ippaku Suisei Brewery from Akita Prefecture!

lright, you understood this is only the start of another long story! LOL

TWO BASE

Manager: Yoshimi Mochizuki/望月良美さん
420-0033 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Showa Cho, 8-1
Tel.: 054-221-8300
Opening hours: 17:00~24:00 (and beyond!)

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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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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Sanwa Brewery-Garyubai Kaibinjyuuri Kaoru Junmai Daiginjo Genshu Aiyama (conducted at La Sommeliere in Shizuoka City)

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I don’t mind repeating it all the time but I prefer conducting sake tastings in the right environment but not many places are propitious for that exercise or willing to help.
But La Sommeliere in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City is certainly becoming a habit as not only I can conduct my tasting in the best conditions possible but also exchange views at the same time!

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This time I tasted another great brew by Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka, with one of their longest names:
Garyubai Kaibinjyuuri Kaoru Junmai Daiginjo Genshu Aiyama!

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Rice: Aiyama (Hyogo Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 40%
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Dryness: + 4
Acidity: 1.2
Bottled in March 2015

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Clarity: very clear
Color: Faint golden hue
Aroma: assertive, dry and fruity. Green apples, banana, apricots, compote, marshmallows
Body: Fluid, slightly sirupy
Taste: Strong, dry and very fruity attack backed up with puissant junmai petillant and pleasant alcohol.
Well-rounded but extremely complex.
Macadamia nuts, mandarin oranges, custard, green apples, walnuts.
Elegant for such a strong alcohol content.
Lingers for a short while on the palate before departing on fruity and slightly drier notes with hints of dark chocolate.
Late appearance of coffee beans.

Overall: Just a word to describe such a nectar: “superb”!
A sake that combines elegance and power. Very assertive.
Sweeter than the indicated + 4 dryness due to its great fruitiness.
Eminently enjoyable on its but would brilliantly marry with shellfish and cheese!
A discovery!

LA SOMMELIERE

420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 7-5, Aiseido Bldg, 1F
Tel. & Fax: 054-266-5085
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00 (~20:00 on Sundays and Holidays)
Entirely non-smoking!

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