Mssrs. Shinzo Oishi and Osamu Kurosawa!
Mr. Osamu Kurosawa, a very old friend of mine, decided after retirement as an officer at the Shizuoka Minicipal Library decided to buy an old farm house in Ieyama, Shimada City for a meaningful life, now that he has plenty of time not only to really enjoy it but to make other people also share his pleasure.
Osamu is actually the recognised expert on Shizuoka, especially Shizuoka City, history and culture and has already published a number of books and papers on it.
He does not intend whatsoever to rest on his laurels and has embarked on a mission to promote the town he is presently living in.
I had the great opportunity to meet him inside his home thanks to another good friend, also retired, called Shinzo Oishi who drove me all the way from Shizuoka City!
This is only my first visit as Osamu has a load of places and people to introduce me for great future reports!
The tea filds in front of Osamu’s home!
Due to the battering rain in this mountainous area I couldn’t take pictures of osamu’s abode (next time I will, you can bet!) but I could at least give you an idea of the locale!
The « neighbors » with cloudy mountains in the back!
Actually many of the farmhouses across the tea fields are inhabited.
They could be transformed as Osamu did with his!
Osamu actually spent more money in renovating and furnishing the house than he paid to acquire it!
He has turned it literally in a small museum of his!
The difference is that it is a museum where you can live and welcome friends all year long!
A rare piece!
Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu’s crest, Tachi aoi/hollyhock!
Antique sake bottles!
Osamu and I share a true love of Japanese sake, and of course Shizuoka sake!
Tengu face mask!
The only problem is that it is quite dark to take pictures inside!
I may to borrow a spot next time!
Antique folk face masks!
Still more antique folk face masks!
A real irori/Japanese fireplace!
Actually, Osamu has tried to keep and use as many traditional household tools and wares as possible!
If you stay there at night don’t be afraid of the lurking monsters!
When you go to the washroom have a good look at the sake labels, with a light!
The place is still heated the traditional way!
take the time to admire some shunga/erotic wood cut prints, without a light!
Actually Osamu exhibits all kinds of genuine woodblock prints here and there on his walls!
Osamu’s hero: Tokugawa Ieyasu whose history and life he is a master!
On the second floor Osamu has furnished a bedroom large enough for two, complete with TV!
And even a small beer hall terrace for the better days!
Even inside the bedroom there is plenty for study!
An old map of Sumpu, presently Shizuoka City, after tokugawa Ieyasu had reformed it!
I told you that Osamu is a great lover of Japanese sake, and I discovered this unknown label by Oumuraya Brewery in Shimada City!
naturally I didn’t come empty-handed!
Two bottles of great sake by Fuji-Takasago Brewery in Fujinomiya City!
Osamu is also a great lover of flower arrangement: natural and still flowering mountain sakura in his living room!
Home-made preserved persimmons!
Osamu also makes a point to promote local products!
Great food for sake including « nobiru/a variety of wild onon (wild mountain vegetable) taht Osamu cooked himself!
Well now, I have to seriously think about my next visits as I will have to interview at least one local traditional soy sauce maker and the owner of a former sake brewery!
Do visit Osamu Kurosawa on his FACEBOOK blog as he is fluent in English and Sapnish!
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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!
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