Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Fujinishiki Brewery: Fujinishiki “Nama” Homjozo

Cenova has an interesting set of 300 ml sake bottles and it is always a good idea to buy those.
It might not be economical but you don’t have to buy too much and you can drink it anywhere!
This time I chose a bottle by Fujinishiki Brewery in Fujinomiya City!

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Mind you, I think that breweries should make an effort with the design as they tend to all look alike!

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Cenova tries to give supplementary information that the small bottle does not allow for lack of space but it sometimes is the source of big mistakes, even in Japanese. Honjozo on top and daiginjyo under!
Oh well, it is still a good bargain!

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Clarity: Very clear
Color: very faint golden hue
Aroma: Assertive: Floral and fruity. Banana.
Body: Fluid
Taste: Dry and fruity attack backed up by pleasant alcohol.
Complex. Macadamia nuts, dry custard.
Disappears quickly on a deep and dry note with hints of dark chocolate and milk coffee. Late appearance by oranges, walnuts and chestnuts.
Solid and easy to drink.
Coffee beans tend to reach more importance with the third or fourth cup.
Tends to take a drier back step with food.
Turns very dry again away from food.

Overall: A sake obviously conceived to accompany food and probably at its best slightly chilled with izkaya heavy fare, and even better at a BBQ!
Solid, reliable and thoroughly enjoyable in spite of its deep dryness!

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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
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ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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Mysterious Flowers at Hamana Lake Flower Garden

We spent no less than 4 hours inside the enormous Flower Garden in Hamamatsu city and took more than 180 picture!
I am not going to complete as this allows me to write a series of articles on different themes!
I have already published five articles about about various attractions.
It is about time we concentrate on the flowers!
I am left with two last reports. As I couldn’t really classify the flowers left I titled according to my whims!
This particular article therefore was called “mysterious flowers”
If you know their names I’ll be extremely grateful for any information!

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Red rain?

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Golden drops?

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Flowers for fairies?

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Bells for leprechauns?

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Furry (not fairy!) gold?

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Fleeting violets?

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Blue notes?

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Violet tinkerbells?

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Ring a blue?

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Red grapes?

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White tips and marguerites?

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Shy marguerites hiding their faces behind fans?

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Fairies again with marguerites!

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Red batons?

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Golden trumpets?

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Big azaleas!

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Snow whites?

Hamana Lake Flower Garden
Hamanako Flower garden
浜名湖フラワーガーデン

10th anniversary of the 2004 Pacific Flora Garden Exposition and the 21st Japan Urban Greenery Shizuoka Festival

Open until June 15th

Hamamatsu City, Nishi Ku, Murakoshi Cho, 5348-3
Tel.: 53-488-1811
ENGLISH HOMEPAGE

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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!
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

Japanese Appetizer (O-toushi/お通し): Stir-fried Beef and Vegetables and Fine Salad

O-toushi/お通しis actually a bit difficult to translate.
In a Japanese (in Japan) izakaya it is an appetizer that is served with the first drink and that you pay for in general in lieu of a cover charge.
I have nothing against such a notion as it gives you a good idea of the chef’s skills!

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The other day Dragon prepared me a double o-toushi!
The first one was a fine vegetable salad!

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It was simple enough, made of finely cut mizuna/potherb mustard, bean sprouts and marinated carrot, the whole seasoned with sesame dressing and plenty of golden and black roasted sesame seeds!

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The second was stir-fried beef and vegetables!

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she first fried very thinly sliced beef in a little oil before adding baby corn and sliced of green, yellow and red pimentoes with some ponzu, sake, pepper and what else!

We had wine with it, but beer is probably best!

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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

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Poppies in Hamana Lake Flower Garden in Hamamatsu Ciy!

We spent no less than 4 hours inside the enormous Flower Garden in Hamamatsu city and took more than 180 picture!
I am not going to complete as this allows me to write a series of articles on different themes!
I have already published five articles about about various attractions.
It is about time we concentrate on the flowers!
Here are the various poppies I discovered there.

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Cute, almost natural mixture!

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Big and pink!

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Red with white frills!

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Orange with violet core!

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Red with enormous violet core!

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Pink, red and white varieties!

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Golden orange!

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Red and black butterflies!

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The same in red symphony with other flowers!

Hamana Lake Flower Garden
Hamanako Flower garden
浜名湖フラワーガーデン

10th anniversary of the 2004 Pacific Flora Garden Exposition and the 21st Japan Urban Greenery Shizuoka Festival

Open until June 15th

Hamamatsu City, Nishi Ku, Murakoshi Cho, 5348-3
Tel.: 53-488-1811
ENGLISH HOMEPAGE

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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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-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

Houtaiji Temple in Shizuoka City: Unusual Sights

As an agnostic I avoid the subject of religion as much as I can.
But that does not prevent me to consider the historical and cultural side of it as long as it has to offer interesting photography!

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Just I walked past Houtai Temple/宝泰寺 founded in 1381 in the name of Houtaizen temple, I noticed the side portal open. I decided to take a peek!

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I was first tempted to take photographs of the garden, but I noticed some strange/unusual statues!

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There were a lot of small statues in pairs, so they must be all symbolic.
A child preventing his “mount” to see?

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Disappearing into eternity or going back to it?

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Now, what is that dachshund doing here?

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A fetus position and a stretching position?

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Shaking Hands?

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Wishing to become a teddy bear!

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Shyness?

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Worry?

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This is quite unusual for a Buddhist temple and more readily found in Shinto Shrines: Tokugawa ieaysu’s Crest!

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A goblin on the roof/

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Dragons?

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Even tiny ones?

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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!
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

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French Gastronomy: Dinner at FIGARO Food & Wine in Shizuoka City!

Service: Shy but very friendly and attentive
Facilities & Equipment: Very clean overall. Superb washroom. Entirely non smoking at lunch time!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: French bistro-style gastronomy. Reasonably-priced wine list.

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Last night after a long walk in the late afternoon Dragon felt like visiting a new place.
I took the opportunity to introduce her to FIGARO (Figaro Food & Wine), a reasonable French bistro-style restaurant cum wine bar in Aoba Park Street, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Although the allow smoking in the evenings (lunch time is entirely non-smoking), the place is very clean with small but superb washroom.
It is very popular indeed with guests of all ages, genders and stations.

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Apart of a solid regular menu Chef Toshiharu Matsuura/松浦敏春さん, an old acquaintance of mine also offers additional dishes every day!

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They also have the great merit to serve wine by the glass and bottle for all budgets!

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In any case consult Sommelier Yoshinori Shimizu/清水芳則さん who spent a whole year in Beaujolais region, France, before you decide what to drink.

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For people who want to taste wines without overdrinking themselves into oblivion they propose a very reasonable triple tasting set!

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The red wine set for Dragon!
Wines from Limoux and Herault (France) and Sicilia!

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The white wine set for my person:
Two French and one Italian!

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First we had fish carpaccio!

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Isaki/イサキ/Chicken Grunt (strange English name!), a typical regional fish of Shizuoka Prefecture!

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Then a Salade Bourguignonne!

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With homemade ham and escargots/snails (not home-made!) among others!

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Like in any French bistro, a stew is on the cards!

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Superb lamb stew!

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Although we had planned only a light meal we couldn’t resist ordering a very popular gratin indeed!

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Cod brandade gratin!
Succulent!

Dragon has decided to have lunch there again with her friends, therefore I will leave the report on eventual desserts to her! LOL

FIGARO FOOD & WINE

Chef Toshiharu Matsuura/松浦敏春さん
Sommelier Yoshinori Shimizu/清水芳則さん (Yoshinori Shimizu FACEBOOK SITE)
420-0034 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tokiwa cho, 2-4-5
Tel: 054-255-7430
Opening hours: 12:00~14:00, 16:00~24:00
Closed on Sundays
Parties welcome
Cards OK (dinner only)
Entirely non smoking at lunch!

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-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

Roses in Hamana Lake Flower Garden in Hamamatsu Ciy!

We spent no less than 4 hours inside the enormous Flower Garden in Hamamatsu city and took more than 180 picture!
I am not going to complete as this allows me to write a series of articles on different themes!
I have already published five articles about about various attractions.
It is about time we concentrate on the flowers!
Here are the various roses I discovered there.

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Mauve rose tree!

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Small white roses!

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Unusual red!

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Violet roses!

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Another cute type of white roses!

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Orange roses!

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Pink orange?

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Big tree for large yellow roses!

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Classic rose tree!

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Classic yellow rose tree!

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Frail light mauve roses!

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So elegant!

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A bouquet of white roses to finish!

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