Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Fuji-Takasago Brewery-Takasago Homare Fuji Junmai

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As I said before, with the advent of Mount Fuji and Matsubara Beach being chosen as the New UNESCO World Culture Heritage, the sake breweries have been scrambling to put on sale brews commemorating the event!
Fuji-Takasago Brewery being located on the slopes of Mount Fuji had just to join in with a beautiful retro-style label!

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Rice: Homare Fuji (Shizuoka Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in June 2013

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Golden hue
Aroma: Assertive and fruity. Pears with notes of banana. Alcohol.
Body: Fluid
Taste: Well-rounded fruity attack backed up with some palate-warming junmai petillant.
Complex: pears, chocolate, persimmon.
Disappears quickly on a strong nutty note.
Mellows with food for a great marriage.

Overall: A typical sake from Fuji-Takasago Brewery.
Shizuoka Prefecture-grown Homare Fuji sake rice seems to come into many intriguing guises demonstrating that the same rice with basically the same water and yeasts can give birth to a great variety of bectars!

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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, Pierre.Cuisine, 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: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-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

Sushi: Sushi Sets, Bentos and Takeouts at Shizuoka City Department Stores-1

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Sushi Lunch Bentos fro sale at 500 yen at Shizuoka JR Station Parche Supermarket!

Due to the incredible wealth of fresh fish all year round, there is an enormous consumption of sushi at every level in Shizuoka City, from very cheap takeouts to expensive ( but certainly not as expensive as in Tokyo, qulity fro quality!) sushi restaurants.
Next time you come to Shizuoka City for a few days and are looking forward to budget sushi do visit the local department stores where you will have the surprise to discover tasty, from reasonably fresh to very fresh, and reasonably priced sushi sets, bentos and takeouts you can take beck to the hotel or into a park for instant pleasure.
Naturally I would advise the foreign (and Japanese) residents to do some homework!
As for prices count 100 yen for 1 US $ or 130 yen for 1 Euro!

Let’s start with the big supermarket on the first (ground) floor Of Parche Department Store located above and around Shizuoka JR Station!
First go to the fish and seafood area at the very end of the supermarket near the fish stand where they conduct interesting sushi lunch set sales!
500 yen a box is cheap away from Japan!

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Yamakake!
A Shizuoka specialty featuring grated yam and raw tuna atop sushi rice.

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Unagi Hitsuma Bushi!
Another Shizuoka specialty featuring pieces of broiled eel and shredded omelet atop sushi rice!

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Tekka Donburi!
Plain tuna slices atop sushi rice!

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Hoso maki Tume Awsase!
Set of 7 different thin sushi rolls!

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Ebi katsu maki!
Sliced Deep-fried prawn sushi roll!

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Ni Anago!
Another Shizuoka specialty: broiled conger eel atop sushi rice balls in nigiri style!

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A bit of extravagance!
Madai/True seabream nigiri
Zuwaigani/Snow crab nigiri!

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A general view of the sushi takeouts you can purchse till evening!

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And another one!

Next time I’ll take you to another part of Shizuoka JR Station Parche Department Store!

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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, Pierre.Cuisine, 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: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-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

Weird Japan (33): Yield Someone Or Yield To Someone?

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When the omission of a single word can lead to confusion!

I found this sign posted on the window of a local train in the west of Shizuoka Prefecture!
To think that so many English-speaking people are available….

For your information the sign reads:
“Please yield those who need this seat”

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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, Pierre.Cuisine, 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: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-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

Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2013/08/05): Two Summer Seasonal Releases: Japan Tale Ale & Asian Beauty Biwa Ale

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin
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Two Summer Seasonal Releases: Japan Tale Ale & Asian Beauty Biwa Ale

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

One of the great gifts of the summer season surely is nature’s bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Two local fruits, harvested in early summer, are of particular appeal to us because of their usefulness as adjunct ingredients in beer: ume and biwa. Fresh, whole, non-processed fruit that is added to either wort or beer and then subject to the fermentation process can lend wonderfully bright, yet subtle and nuanced, flavors to the final brew.

We are thrilled to share our enthusiasm for this type of locally harvested, in-season fruit beer brewing with you through the release of two classic Baird Beer summer seasonals: Japan Tale Ale and Asian Beauty Biwa Ale.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Releases:
*Japan Tale Ale 2013 (5.5%):

Brewed with a host of indigenous Japanese ingredients (un-malted wheat, korizato sugar, fresh ume plums and, of course, lovely soft Numazu water) Japan Tale Ale is lightly hopped, pleasantly tart and extremely refreshing. It’s hazy, milky-white color and snow-white foam collar are reminiscent of a Belgian witbier. It drinks, though, like a beer version of a well-made ume sour (a popular drink served in traditional Japanese pubs that is made with distilled shochu and plums and served carbonated on ice).

We are now accepting orders for Japan Tale Ale 2013. Shipments from the Numazu brewery will begin Tuesday, August 6. It will begin pouring from the taps of our Taproom pubs tonight (Monday, August 5). It is available in limited quantity in both kegs and bottles.

*Asian Beauty Biwa Ale 2013 (5.5%):

Biwa is “the small, yellow, edible, plum-like fruit of the loquat tree.” We had no idea what it was until our partner-friend-carpenter-farmer, Nagakura-san, brought some in several years ago for us to taste and then brew with. It is an extremely subtle fruit that harmonizes sweetness with tartness. Asian Beauty Biwa Ale is coyly fruity, spritely effervescent and delicately firm — like a true Asian beauty!

We are now accepting orders for Asian Beauty Ale 2013. Shipments from the Numazu brewery will begin Tuesday, August 6. It will begin pouring from the taps of our Taproom pubs tonight (Wednesday, August 7). It is available in limited quantity in both kegs and bottles.

Cheers!

Cheers!

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
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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, Pierre.Cuisine, 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: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-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

Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2013/08/01): Harajuku Taproom 4th Anniversary

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin
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Harajuku Taproom 4th Anniversary
Dear Taproom Friends and Baird Beer Enthusiasts,

Thank you all for helping us celebrate the Fishmarket Taproom’s 13th anniversary last month. But don’t put down those glasses yet! Harajuku Taproom will be celebrating its 4th Anniversary this weekend (Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th)! Events are rare for our youngest taproom, so we always plan to go big for our anniversary bash! First, we have the release of Harajuku Taproom’s Special Anniversary Lemon Lager, which will be followed by a list of seasonal Baird favorites including:
Bakayaro Strong Ale
Temple Garden Yuzu Ale
Cool Breeze Pils
The one-keg only early release of Japan Tale Ale
The Harajuku Taproom and Alias Collaboration Beer: Second Strike Apple Ale
Summer Mikan Ale
And of course, Baird Brewing’s full lineup of year-round beers!

Many of these are one-keg only, so don’t miss your chance to get a taste of these fantastic seasonal treats!

The kitchen will also be preparing special anniversary dishes. This year, our famous anniversary gyoza will feature Iberico pork! Portions are limited, so we apologize if we run out early! Besides our delicious yakitori, kushi-katsu and sashimi are just a couple of the special dishes we will have to offer this weekend, so make sure to grab a bite with your beer!

In order to accommodate as many guests as we can, we will create standing-only sections as well. We thank you for your cooperation! So come on down to Harajuku and help us celebrate our 4th! The Taproom staff are ready to make sure you have a great time!

See you there!

Bryan

Harajuku Taproom
Harajuku 4th Anniversary
Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th
Open from 12:00 – 24:00

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE

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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, Pierre.Cuisine, 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: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-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