Japanese Ladies Fashion in Shizuoka 48: I Might be Still Young But I’m Already Taller Than You!

I took this picture toady in Aoba Koen Street during the Annual Shizuoka Street Performance Fsetival.

This young lady was about 16.
Even without her high heels she would still have been taller than her boy friends (?)!

Which shows than women are growing taller and taller in Japan these days. Mind you, she was very conscious (and proud) of it!

Typical teenager’s fashion in the Fall on a day out!

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Face Painting by Lucie Brouillard at Daidogei/Street Performance Festival in Shizuoka City! The Compilation!

The Artist, Lucie Brouillard and the model or some of the models of the day!

Yesterday I managed to steal some time to pay another visit to Lucie Brouillard at work durig the Daidogei/Street Performance Festival in Shizuoka City. Lucie who hails from Alberta State and Quebec in Canada (we spoke in French all the time!) graduated in Art at High School and has been working in face painting and body painting for last 25 years. It is quite incredible to realize that she taught herself an art that she calls “writing a story on a body”!
Check Lucie Brouillard’s homepage for her art portfolio!
You will understand why she became the Bodypainting World Champion in 2009 and the Facepainting World Champion in 2009!

Interestingly enough Lucie pointed out that the Japanese people are the best to paint on their faces and bodies as they very few wrinkles and stay quiet and immobile while being decorated!

here is a compilation of her art I had the joy to witness!

A cute little peacock!

Fairy wings!

Beautifully combining the design color with that of the clothing!

The eye of a legendary bird?

A brace of mature felines!

Lady Butterfly!

A rejuvenated witch?
My favorite!

Another pixie just out of the woods!

That pixie came fleeting out the sky!

Now, who could be this macabre Bacchus?

Can you guess?

A half mask for the Carnival!

Another Lady Butterfly?

A growling lion from The Philippines!

A Pink Phoenix!

A bank employee?
Lucie confided this was the first time she had painted a squirrel on a face!

A howling dragon and a grinning frog!
Drawn on request!
Lucie didn’t want me to publish that particular design but I decided to show it to demonstrate that my friend will satisfy any design if reasonable!

Street performers?

And an 11-year old flower pixie for the last finishing touch!

See you again next year!

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French Gastronomy: Comptoir de Bio-s 1st Anniversary Party dinner with Shizuoka Products!

Service: Pro and very friendly
Equipment: Great overall cleanliness and splendid washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: A palette of Shizuoka Prefecture Products! Great use of organic vegetables, fish and meats from Shizuoka Prefecture. True healthy gastronomy! Excellent wine list!

On Friday November the 2nd, le Comptoir de Bios French restaurant owned by Bio Farm Matsuki Co. in Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku celebrated its First Anniversary by organizing a party dinner designed with products from local farmers including vegetables, meat and fish!

Like any Japanese party worth its salt, an abundance of flowers greeted the select guests!

The chefs at work!

A little beauty serving the drinks!

The Owner, Mr. Kazuhiro Matsuki/松木一浩さん of Bio Farm Matsuki with some his local producer guests, namely Mr. Yoshiaki Aoki/青木善明さん of Aoki Chicken Farm in Fujinomiya City and Mr. Akichika Hasegawa/長谷川光史さん of Hasegawa Farm in Fuji City.

Now, what is Mr. Kazuhiro Matsuki/松木一浩さん holding in his hands so proudly?

The leg of a baby wild boar hunted in Fujinomiya City!

The leg had been seasoned and marinated for one full year before being finally served at the party!

All local food for the party!

Organic vegetables from Bio Farm Matsuki in Fujinomiya City!

Aoki Chicken liver paste crostini!

Smoked Rainbow Trout from provided by Mrs. Izumi Iwamoto/岩本いづみさん of Kakishima Trout Farm in Fujinomiya City!

Organic gnocchi by Bio Farm Matsuki!

Organic salad with fresh greens from Bio Farm Matsuki and organic mushrooms from Hasegawa Farm!

Do you know these people? LOL

The little beautiful pixie again!

Rainbow trout from Kakishima Trout Farm and organic Portobella Mushrooms from Hasegawa before going into the oven!

Out of the oven!

Chicken from Aoki Chicken Farm and Portobella Mushrooms from Hasegawa Farm before going into the oven!

The whole chicken being cut!

And served atop roasted organic vegetables!

Looking forward to the next party with Shizuoka products!

Le Comptoir de Bio-s by Bio Farm Matsuki
420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Kooya machi, 12-8, Sankousha Bldg, 1F
Tel./fax: 054-221-5250
Business hours: 11:30~15:00 (Last orders 14:00), 17:00~23:00 (Last orders 22:00)
Closed on Mondays
Credit cards OK
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Entirely non-smoking!

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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2012/11/01): Autumn 2012 Release: Yabai-Yabai Strong Scotch Ale

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin
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Autumn 2012 Release: Yabai-Yabai Strong Scotch Ale

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

The wait is over. Today we are releasing from our cellars the 2012 version of Yabai-Yabai Strong Scotch Ale! You should be able to find pints on draught at your favorite Baird Beer drinking establishment beginning Friday, November 2 (and at our own Taproom pubs beginning today — Thursday, November 1). Bottles (360 ml) too are available through our network of Baird Beer retailing liquor stores in Japan.

New Seasonal Baird Beer Releases:
*Yabai-Yabai Strong Scotch Ale 2012 (ABV 7.5%):

Scotland, an historically important center of beer brewing, has a cool climate that favors cultivation of the hardy barley plant. Scottish Ales, thus, tend to feature the rich and robust flavor of malted barley. Baird Yabai-Yabai Strong Scotch Ale is, in a word, opulent! The color is a deep mahogany brown and the head is dense, creamy and tan. The aroma is one of soft fruit esters and warm fusel alcohols. The body is chewy and the flavor exhibits notes of molasses, caramel apples, rum cake and pit fruit. One hearty pint is enough to take the bite out of the late autumn chill. Two pints will leave you toasty, and blissfully, warm. Three pints and…. YABAI!

Cheers,

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE

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Face Painting by Lucie Brouillard at Daidogei/Street Performance Festival in Shizuoka City!

The Artist, Lucie Brouillard and the model of the day, Stephanie!

The Daidogei or Street Performers Fetsival began today to last until Sunday and I can promise you that the center of Shizuoka City, especially Gofuku Street and Aoba Street will be busy with artists of all trends and spectators coming from the whole Prefecture and beyond to witness a major event recognized in the whole of Japan!

I had some time free this afternoon and I strolled in the streets in search of a worthy subject…. and I found it!
Face painting!
Actually it was a piece of luck to go out today as the interminable queues wouldn’t have allowed me much freedom for pictures and interview!

Through sheer coincidence I also happened to meet a fellow Burgundian residing in Shizuoka City, namely Stephanie, who is also very interested in face painting! Actually she has been studying the art for the last three years!

Considering the level of the art, 1,000 yen for a half mask and 2,000 yen for a full face were a real bargain!
Do have a try and surprise your friends!

Lucie Brouillard who hails from Alberta State and Quebec in Canada (we spoke in French all the time!) graduated in Art at High School and has been working in face painting and body painting for last 25 years. It is quite incredible to realize that she taught herself an art that she calls “writing a story on a body”!
Check Lucie Brouillard’s homepage for her art portfolio!
You will understand why she became the Bodypainting World Champion in 2009 and the Facepainting World Champion in 2009!

Stephanie wanted her face painted as it was part of her own study!

Most of Lucie’s creations are abstract art but she is willing to tackle any request!

“First steo”.

“Second step” in progress.
Lucie uses only natural watercolors that will not affect the skin and that also allow her to “reactivate” any time some repair or else is needed!

“Second step” completed!

“Third step” in progress!

“Third step” still in progress!
Lucie has been invited as a guest artist to the Shizuoka Daidogei and has participated to the event 12 times since 2000!

“Third step” completed!

“Fourth step”!

Now, that attracted TV cameras!

The local media started crowding the place!

How does it look?

Beautiful!

Quite a few men were also tempted…

But you certainly cannot beat Lucie’s art on Stephanie!

Lucie will be stationed on the right side of Gofuku Street at a short distance from Aoba Street!
Come early as queues from tomorrow will stretch over 50 meters (serious!)!

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Japan Tourism: Kunijian Wood Block Print Atelier at “Little Museum” in Mariko, Shizuoka City!

Wood Block prints depicting old stations along the Tenhama Railway Line.

Mariko in Shizuoka City is a real haven for art lovers. Not only it is full of ateliers and artists, it also harbors a very cute museum simply called “Chiisana Bijutsukan/小さな美術館/Snmall Art Museum” that is worth more than a visit regardless of its size for its design and little treasures!

The building, founded in 2003, and the entrance are very modern if artistic in approach and you are in for a surprise once you have passed the entrance door!

But before entering take some time to admire the fountain and minuscule garden design!

The entrance.
Why is it almost at the far end of the building?

As soon as you have passed the door you have to take a 90-degree turn into a narrow hall which runs all the way down along the facade wall!

Looking back, you will find the entrance on the left at the top the picture.
But you are not walking blind as low windows will allow a peek inside!

Once inside you will find yourself in a long narrow room with white walls decorated with wood block prints by Kuniji Sone/曽根邦治さん, the artist who owns the Museum!

The entrance is free, but whatever the time you visit you will be invited to the far end alcove where you will be graciously served Shizuoka green tea!

Take your time, a seat and some delicious tea while the lady who helps the artist welcome visitors will talk about the Museum and Artist Kuniji Sone as long as you wish!

And while you drink your tea enjoy the view and peace of the hidden garden!

The Musuem also holds exhibitions and sales by various artists on a regular schedule so have a good look!
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I actually bought one of the exquisite dishes placed on the left top extremity of the table!

A little Museum, yes, but packed with loveliness and art!

A beautiful array of tenugui/手ぬぐい/hand cloth!

I really wanted to buy this sake-drinking goblin (next time)!

Exquisite dyed cloth bags!

Kuinji Sone at work!

Kuniji Sone was born in Fujieda City, Shizuoka Prefecture in 1928 but really started exhibiting his wood block prints at the age of 67!
Even now, at the grand age of 84, he still works every day on new designs!

The walls are ornamented with his works of different sizes, all for sale at a range of prices to agree with any budget!

Kuniji Sone has traveled and still travel extensively, and his prints not only represent scenes in Shizuoka Prefecture but also those found all over Japan and the World!

Do take your time and enjoy the prints. You might even find your own country or land there!
Let me show you only a few I have chosen. It should entice you to see them all!

Railway stations along the Tenhama Railway Line in Western Shizuoka where 12 stations have been awarded the title of Shizuoka Prefecture Protected Historical and Cultural Assets!

Mount Fuji and tea fields from Yamanashi Prefecture!

Trinidad!

Garden pond in Vietnam!

Note it on your schedule next time you visit Shizuoka City!

Kujian Atelier & Gallery/Chiisana Bijutsukan/Small Museum
Shizuoka City, Suruga Ku, Mariko, Izumigaya, 3315-9
Tel.: 054-257-1114
Opening hours: 10:30~17:00
Closed on Wednesdays and End of the Year Holidays
Free entrance
Parking available

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