If you happen to visit the Toro Ruins or the magnificent Serizawa Keisuke Art Gallery in Shizuoka City take the time to visit Mochi No Ie just inside the Toro Ruins Park!
You are in for a time slip!
The whole 180-year old farm house was brought piece by piece from Okkaizu/奥会津 City in Fukushima Prefecture some time ago!
It harbors a traditional Japanese restaurant serving local o-mochi/rice cakes and soba/buckwheat noodles at hours coinciding with the opening hours of the Serizawa Keisuke Art Gallery.
The watermill wheel was also brought all the way!
This is Japan!
Can you see the goldfish?
Beautiful noren representing a rabbit pounding rice cakes on the moon!
They have another shop inside Shizuoka City JR Station with the same noren!
Of course inside is all wood!
Traditional Japanese fireplace!
The whole house is a microcosm of country life in 19th Century Japan!
Green tea is served in cups with the design of the place!
The small shop inside the house where you can buy o-mochi and soba to take back home!
One can either sit at tables or on tatami straw mats.
They also serve soba (for another report) but they are famous for teir mochi/soft rice cake of various kinds.
The above is Karamimochi/からみもち, an appetizer version served with grated daikon and freshly grated wasabi!
You break the whole thing with your chopsticks and mix it before savoring it. Great with beer!
Moreover, it is vegan as they use only rice flour to make them!
A combination of two true Shizuoka wagashi/Japanese rice cakes: Abekawa mochi/安倍川もち made of rice flour covered with sweatmeats/anko/餡子, and Kinako mochi/きなこもち rice flour cakes served with dry soy beans flour.
Again these cakes are vegan!
For a closer view! A great healthy dessert!
The owners always kindly invite newcomers to visit the upper floor!
Up the wooden stairs…
A cute noren/curtain!
Upstairs is a real museum but you can eat there upon reservation and make it a wholy non-smoking private room!
Beautiful overview of the entrance garden!
Farm crop baskets!
Original drawings by Serizawa Keisuke!
I’d love to possess this fan painted by the same artist!
Many things to discover in dark corners…
I’m planning to visit their shop at Shizuoka Station soon, but I must come back here again soon to enjoy their soba!
To be followed…
MOCHI NO IE
Shizuoka Shi, Suruga Ku, Toro, 5-15-13 (Just inside the Toro Ruins Park)
Opening hours: 10:30~17:00
Closed on Mondays
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