Katsuo Bushi: Annual Auctions of Dried Bonito in Yaizu City!

Yesterday the annual katsuo Bushi (dried katsuo, dried bonito) auctions were held at the Yaizu Katsuo Bushi Suisan Kakou Kyoudou Kumiai/焼津鰹節水産加工共同組合 (Yaizu Dried Bonito Marine Products Processing Cooperative) in Yaizu City, Kamikosugi, 9-1.
It was a bit of an expedition as I had to go first to Fujieda JR Station by train and then take a bus down near the Shizuhama Air Force Base of all places and still ask my way there to finish on foot! (Fortunately I could use the Cooperative bus on the way back which took to the Yaizu JR Station!)

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Although we are talking of marine products, we are still far from the sea and in the middle of farmland!
But I knew I had arrived at the right place!

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I had arrived a bit late, and some employees were packing back some sold lots!

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The dried katsuo is also called “himoshi”. Katsuo bushi means the himoshi processed into shavings.

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I picked up a copy of the auction pamphlet that all dealers took with them inside the auction hall!

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Mr. Kinya Hasegawa, the sales director who kindly authorized me to interview the auction!

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The katsuo bushi emblem on the back of his “happi”!

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Dried katsuo auctions are held in Kagoshima prefecture, Kyushu Island and Yaizu City every year.
The products on auction mainly come from both Prefectures but dealers come from everywhere in japan including Tokyo and Osaka!
The above batches come from satsuma, Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu Island!

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Batch from Shizuoka producers!

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More products from Satsuma!

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A view of the auction upon entering the hall!

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A simple explanation of the process.
I took good note for the next interview actually involving the process at a local producer!

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The sample lots being aligned before being auctioned.
There were a total of 228 batches of dried bonito and a few of dried mackerel.
All in all more than 57 tonnes were auctioned on that single day!
To think that the auctions in Kagoshima prefecture are even bigger!

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Each auction lot carries a leaflet marked with the name of the producer, the number(s) of the lot(s), and numbers indicating the kind of fish and its origin!

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The dried katsuo comes in two types, covered with edible mold, or “naked”.
Dried mackerel comes only in “naked” state.
The order of the auctions is more or less according to the quality with mackerel coming last.

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The Yaizu auctioneers!

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It did require a lot of energy for more than 2 hours of auctioning!

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Each participant held an auction pamphlet and auction slips with their company names printed on them.

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Participants handed their price slip to the staff as each lot rolled in front of them.

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The slips were then handed to the three auctioneers.
There were other staff on hand to record all the procedures of course!

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Each auction was confirmed with three hand claps from the auctioneers!

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The results were written down in chalk immediately for all to take notes!

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The first time I see such a rolling blackboard!

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An employee was waiting in front of the blackboard to take away the batches right after the auction had been concluded.

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Then each lot was rolled down under the blackboard for disposal!

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A green tea break was even scheduled during that heavy screaming work!

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The lots being stored for delivery to the dealers!

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A very Japanese tradition to close the proceedings: sake offered to some lucky lottery winners!
Incidentally the sake was Hatukame “Maru” Junmai Ginjyou by Hatsukame Brewery in Okabe, Fujieda City!
I wonder if the lucky winners realized how good sake was!

I would like to thank all the staff and kind participants for all their great hospitality and answers to my queries!

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More Seafood and Fish At Parche Supermarket in Shizuoka City: With new Bonito/Katsuo!

Monday is one of the best days of the week to check what’s just arrived in the morning at the fish 6 seafood counters in Parche Market inside JR Shizuoka Station!
A single week can sometimes mean a great difference in availability!

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Where shall we start? LOL

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The mixed batch of the day!

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Hirame/平目/sole, kurodai/黒鯛/japanese black porgy, Ishigaki/石垣, Onigochi/オニゴチ/a variety of sand borer, Aka kasago/赤カサゴ/Rockfish, Marbled rockfish, Scorpionfish, Iso kasago/磯カサゴ/A veariety of rockfish, Kawahagi/皮はぎ/Filefish, Madai/真鯛/Japnese seabream, Anago/あなご/Conger eel (only this one from Chiba prefeture, all the thers form Shizuoka prefecture!), Koshyo/コショウ/Crescent sweetlips, Houbou方々/Red robin, Mejina/メジナ/Largescale Blackfish, Umazura/ウマズラ/a large variety of filefish, Hirasuzuki/A variety of sea blackbasss, Isaki/イサキ/Chicken grunt!

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A fish which made Shizuoka famous!

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First bonito/katsuo/鰹 of the year from Numazu harbor!

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Sazae/turbo shellfish/サザエ!

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From Numazu harbor!

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Nagarami/ながらみ/Umbonium giganteum sea snail!

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Okoze/オコゼ/Scorpion fish!

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Iseebi/伊勢海老/lobster!

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Freshly-caught sakuraebi/桜えび/Cherry shrimps from Yui!

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Not cheap, even by shizuoka standards!

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Buri/鰤/yellowtail!

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From Ito City in Izu Peninsula!

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Amadai/甘鯛/tilefish!

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Akamutu/赤ムツ/Rosy seabass!

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Kurodai/黒鯛/Japanese black porgy!

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Isaki/イサキ/Chicken grunt!

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Hobou/方々/red robin gurnard!

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A beautiful fish: Aka isaki/赤イサキ/Red chicken grunt!

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Kawahagi/かわはぎ/Filefish!

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Kuro Mebaru/黒めばる/Black Japanese sea perch!

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Shiromebaru/白めばる/White Japanese sea perch!

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Kaiwari/かいわり/Whitefin trevally

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Onikasago/オニカサゴ/Devil scorpion fish!

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Iskasago/磯カサゴ/a variety of scorpion fish/rockfish!

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Aka kasago/赤カサゴ/Red rockfish!

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Shindouika/シンドウイカ/Japanese squid from Numazu harbor!

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Hirasaba/平鯖/Chub mackerel,Pacific mackerel,Blue mackerel from Numazu harbor!

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Shirasu/シラス/Sardine whiting and sakuraebi/桜えび/Cheery shrimps caught this morning in Yui!

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Aoriika/アオリイカ/Bigfin Reef Squid!

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From Numazu harbor!

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Madai/真鯛/Japanese seabream sashimi from Numazu harbor!

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Horame/平目/sole sashimi!

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Nagarami/ながらみ/Umbonium giganteum sea snail!

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Beautiful Fish! can you guess what they are?

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Probably the most famous fish in shizuoka prefecture!

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Kinmedai/金眼鯛/Splendid Alfonsino!

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Another beautiful but totally different fish!

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Sagoshi/サゴシ/Another name for Sawara/鰆/Japanese Spanish mackerel Double nationality?)!

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Onion Soup for Dragon’s Cold!

Yesterday Dragon (my worse half) woke up with a raging cold, cough and temperature, probably thanks to the same which occurred to me last week!
In such cases plenty of fluids (on top of some medicine) and plenty of sleep is the best treatment.
In my home country, France, we just have the recipe for such body condition: onion soup!

Here is my personal recipe with what is available in Japan, including some suggestions for easy variations.
Of course I could make it a really grand thing but simple are so often the best!

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In a large pot, preferably iron wrought such as Daub or Le Creuset, pour some good olive oil and add some butter (skip the butter if you are vegan).
The traditional recipe used to be with butter only but there is always the danger to end up with blackened ingredients. Mixing the olive oil with the butter will ensure s good controllable color and a richer soup!
Slice onions very thin (the amount is up to you) and big clove of fresh garlic.
Drop the lot into the pot and fry over a small fire.
Note: I sometimes dry fry chopped bacon first, take it out once crispy, and pour the oil and butter then. I will add the bacon back at the very end, then! (skip that if you are vegetarian or Muslim))

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Heat plenty of soup stock. I usually use chicken bouillon stock cubes. If you are vegetarian or vegan use vegetable soup stock!

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Prepare a glass of dry white wine (skip that if you are Muslim).

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Stir-fry onions and garlic until they have reached a nice brown color. Back we fry them until almost black!
Add plenty of coarse black pepper (red chilies are fine too) and dried herbs of your choice.

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Add the white wine and stir.

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Add soup stock and simmer for a while.
Bear in mind that an onion soup is always at its best after the second or third heating.
So just simmer long enough and let it rest until you want to heat again before consumption!

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While I heat it again i prepare some chopped fresh parsley. This is not traditional in France but it adds color and vitamins for Dragon!
This time I used garlic toast and shredded cheese.
Vegans can use vegan bread to be toasted with garlic and herbs!
As for cheese, if you happen to have some high quality hard cheese all the better!

Check the taste of the soup first.
Add salt only then! do not make the mistake to add salt at the beginning!
Drop the chopped parsley in and stir for a few seconds!

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Serve the soup hot into a bowl.
Place the toasted bread on top and sprinkle with plenty of shredded cheese.
Serve at once!

Traditional recipes call for hard French bread (we always keep some in a bread basket back home) covered with cheese on top of the soup in a bowl before making it a gratin of it all inside a very hot oven and serve it all as it is!
Note that Dragon prefers to put the cheese at the bottom of the bowl first, pour the sop over it and break the toasted garlic bread into it!

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Sushi: Dinner at Sushi Ko in Shizuoka City (May 8th 2014)!

Service: Pro and very friendly
Facilities: Very clean. Excellent toilets
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive
Strong points: Great variety of seafood from Shizuoka Prefecture and the rest of Japan. Great list of sake and shochu

Last Thursday it had been almost 3 moths day for day that we hadn’t visited our favorite sushi restaurant in Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Aoba Park Street, namely sushi Ko/すし幸!

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Thursday is a good day (early if you want a good seat at the counter!) because it is a day when newly arrived fish is on the menu!

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A very typical Shizuoka o-toushi (first snack): sliced turbo shellfish/sazae/サザエ in wasabi!

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Katsuo/鰹/Bonito is in season!
We usually ask it without its skin!

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As we had come early, we had all our time, exspecially in the light that Chef Birukwa hadn’t come back from his break yet!
I took the opportunity to have a good look at another chef preparing an order for a group sitting on the tatami!

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It is always great fun to observe the progress and the technique!

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Raw shirasu/sardine whiting/生しらす, gaper clam/mirugai/ミル貝, seared spledid alfonsino/kinmedai aburi/金眼鯛炙り, mackerel/saba/鯖, horse mackerel/aji/鯵, tuna lean part/maguro akami/マグロ赤身, yellowtail/kanpachi/カンパ, salad gunkan/サラダ軍艦!

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Dragon always asks for “pon kara maguro”/deep-fried tuna with onion slices and grated daikon seasoned with chilies!

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squid/ika/烏賊 is also a great seafood found in the Suruga Bay!

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It’s best savored in “somen style”/thin noodles style!

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It is usually seasoned with grate fresh ginger and finely chopped scallions!

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You dip them into “mentsuyu”/cold noodles stock soup!

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Sole/Hirame/平目 nigiri!

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Sweet shrimps/amaebi/甘エビ nigiri!

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Chef Birukawa had finally come back and we could order a favorite not listed on the menu!

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Sushi Millefeuille, Japanese style!

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This time, as we asked for Japanese style”, it contained cucumber/kyuuri/胡瓜, yellowtail/kanpachi/環八, herring roe/kazunoko/数の子, and topped with finely chopped scallions and katsubushi/dried bomito shavings.
The mayonnaise around it also included ikura/イクラ/slmon roeO!

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Another must fro Dragon: scallops gratin!

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A sushi classic: negitoromaki/ネギトロ巻! roll containing grated tuna belly fish and finely chopped scallions!

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Nigiri for vegans! Menegi/芽ネギ/scallion sprouts!

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To finish another specialty of Chef Birukawa not listed on the menu!
Spicy scallops roll/pirikara hotate maki/ピリ辛帆立巻!

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Inverted roll containing dry seaweed, scallops, flying fish roe, agekasu/cold deep-fried batter, wasabi and mayonnaise. The rolls are sprinkled with golden sesame seeds for the finishing touch!

With summer around the corner we will be looking forward to a different kind of seafood next time!

SUSHI KO
420-0032 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Ryogae-cho, 2-3-1 (Aoba Park Street)
Tel.: 054-251-9701
Business Hours: 17:00~25:00. 17:00~23:00 (Sundays)
Closed on Wednesdays
Reservations recommended
Credit cards OK
HOMEPAGE</strong> (in Japanese)
Smoking allowed. Private room can be arranged for non-smoking (4 people)

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Kanzawagawa Brewery-Shosetsu Honjozo Nama genshu

Kanzawagawa Brewery in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, have been bottling their brews in his practical 300ml size for quite some time, which makes it easier for tasting on your own back home without having to consume a full bottle in a hurry!
At the same time it is to carry around. If you have the chance to find quite a few different at the same time, it becomes great fun tasting at a BBQ outdoors for example!

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Rice milled down to 65%
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees (genshu, no pure water added)
Bottled in February 2014

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Almost transparent
Aroma: Assertive and fruity. Dry. Pears, custard
Body: Fluid
Taste: Very dry and fruity attack.
Pleasant alcohol (genshu). Complex.
Custard, chestnuts. late appearance of oranges with hints of milk coffee.
Lingers only for a short while before departing on a sweeter note.
Gets drier with food.
Does marry well with food without losing any of its character.
Will turn back onto a sweeter note away from food.

Overall: Very elegant and surprisingly complex for a honjozo, the more for it because it is a genshu as well
The kind of sake to impress guests at an open buffet party by serving it into transparent glassware without any warnings or information and invite them for a blind tasting challenge!

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b Cafe in Shimada City!

Service: Very friendly and communicative
Equipment & Facilities: Overall extremely clean. Beautiful Washroom. Entrely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Home–made cakes, fruit juice and coffee! Take-out welcome!

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Yesterday chance served me well as I had arrived early in Shimada City and took some time to look around north of the station at ease just in case I made a discovery.

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That is when I discovered this place bearing two different names, b Cafe and Chubby-Boo!

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It is only after having sat down at the counter inside that I discovered that many locals come to buy their coffee and take out cakes at this counter inside! Very good idea!

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The reason it is also called is because the shop used to house Chubby-Boo looked after Ayano Asaoka’s mother until her daughter joined hands with her in March when they had the whole redesigned to include a small cafe!

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The kitchen is big enough for Beer b Nights 2 or 3 times a month when Ayano also serves light food including ratatouille and gratin to be enjoyed with the beer!

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The menu is pretty extensive for such a small place including no less than 14 coffees, teas and soft drinks with cakes made on site!
If you order a cake the drink coming with it will be 100 yen cheaper!

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I ordered for my first visit a home-baked cheese cake and straight coffee!

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The home-baked cheese cake!

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Really delicious and so appetizing!

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Great coffee!

As this is obviously only my first visit expect more reports as I do have to taste the other cakes and participate to the next Beer B Night!

b cafe
427–0022 Shimada City, Hontori, 1-9-10
Tel.: 0547-35-6538
Opening hours: 10:00 am~05 pm (later on Beer B Nights)
Closed on Wednesdays, 1st & 3rd Sundays
Entirely non-smoking!

Chubby-Boo
Opening hours: 10:00 am~08:00 pm
Closed on Wednesdays

AYANO ASAOKA on FACEBOOK

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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
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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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First Harvest in a brand new Tea Field in Shizuoka with Marufuku Tea Company!

Asami Itoh/伊藤麻実さん, the young owner/manager of Marufuku Tea Comppany/丸福製茶株式会社 in Shizuoka City had been experimenting with organic tea for quite some time with her late father Bunji/伊藤文治さん.
Yesterday I was invited to the first picking/Ichiban Cha ever in a new field she had developed in view to produce more organic tea.

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Asami with a friend and one of her veteran employees!

For this special occasion she had invited many of her close friends for this first ever harvest in her new field!

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The new field is located in high altitude, about 600 meters, along the River Abe in Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Hirano/静岡市葵区平野 in a field called Ogi Hatake/扇畑!

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Even at this high altitude the fields have to be constantly protected from the damage caused by wild boars, deer and what else!

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When I arrived at 9:00 some people already busy hand-picking the tea sunder the supervision of Japan Agriculture Department inspector!

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Asami does not like things being half done!
When devising her new field she also had a wooden house built for tea harvest storage and even modern toilets on top of water and electricity!

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Plenty of space for a car park, too!

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Firewood for the colder season when fields have to be cleaned and tended!

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Some of the morning harvest when I arrived!

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Asami had planted some rosemary along the tea fields as she intends to market a scented tea in the future!

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The part of tea field where I was going to contribute to the harvesting!

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Can you see the new leaves on the trees!

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Each new leaves have to be selected with eye and touch before being twisted out (not pinched out) by hand!

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Tea leaves in my own basket!

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An employee came regularly among us to receive individual harvests!

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It was a hot day even in the morning at this high altitude!

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Two more employees were tallying the crop safely stored away from the sun inside the shed!

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The forty of us had harvested no less than 100 kg by noon!

In the evening I received good news from an e-mail sent by Asami:
Apparently the tea has been judged of high quality and will be submitted to a National Judge Panel!

Asami is convinced this is the fruit of the friendship of all the people who turned up to participate to this first ever crop!

Marufuku Tea Factory (Owner: Ms. Asami Itoh)
420-0006 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Wakamatsu, Cho, 25
Tel.: 054-271-2011
Fax: 054-271-2010
Mobile: 090-3250-4188

CHA-O (Director, Ms. Asami Itoh)
420-0006 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Wakamatsu Cho, 94
Tel: 054-253-8421
Fax: 054-253-8413
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Organic and Healthy Foods & Products at NATURAL HOUSE in Shizuoka City!

If you have the chance to live in Shizuoka City or have some free time to spend inside JR Shizuoka Station, do go to the big Parche Market behind the the railway gates and find there a very interesting shop where you can buy fresh and processed organic foods, but also health foods and health care products of a trustworthy and traceable quality!
The best way for me to introduce all visitors to this remarkable shop is to visit it together through pictures!

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Vegetarian processed foods!

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Report and Pouch Curry and soup!

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Bread and biscuits!

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Tea tasting!

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Health & Beauty products for Mother’s Day!

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Organic vegetables!

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Dressings!

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Cookies & Biscuits!

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Anti-allergic foods!

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Honey & Jam!

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Dried fruit & nuts!

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Health foods including dairies, tofu and so on!

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Beans!

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Curry roux & stew!

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Healthcare Foods!

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Bless the Earth products!

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Juice & Beverages!

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Vinegar!

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Bless the Earth health products!

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Rice & cereals!

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Green Tea & Tea & Millet Tea!

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Organic Beauty!

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More health products!

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And more health products!

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Healthy snacks!

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Honey tasting!

NATURAL HOUSE

Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Parche Market, JR Shizuoka Station, 1F
Tel.: 054-251-5645
Business hours: 09:30~20:00
Cards OK

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Private Garden “Hasu Ike” in Shizuoka city!

Yesterday, having finally recovered from my annual spring cold (the second one, actually!) I found it was about time to shake the torpor out of my legs and take a long ride/walk into some places I do not usually visit in town!

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I’ve known about a private garden since I arrived 38 years ago in Shizuoka City located in Aoi Ku, Kamiashiarai 5 Chome opposite Midori Cho, 10 Chome but funnily enough never bothered to really investigate.

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As I said it is a private water garden and I may not really make the names of their owners public, but many people call it “hasu ike/蓮池”, that is “waterlily pond”!

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By Japanese and Shizuoka standards it is an enormous pond. Completely surrounded by nets, one cannot naturally enter it although it is easy to admire and take pictures of.
Apparently it belonged to a very old family, probably of noble origins judging by the small stone wall keeping the large houses away from the water!

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Waterlilies everywhere!

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But it is not all waterlilies!
More than half of the flowers are splendid ayame/菖蒲/Siberian irises!

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And there are more flowers whose names I haven’t found in spite of my friends’ help!

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Calla lilies!

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Other unknown beautes!!

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And there some other unknown tree flowers to be discovered. Absolutely glorious!

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But all in all these Siberian irises are my favorite!

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Kura: Japanese Traditional Warehouses in Shizuoka Prefecture 17: Wagura izakaya in Shimada City!

“Kura” (in Japanese 蔵 or 倉) means “warehouse” or “Storehouse”.
In traditional Japan, especially during the Edo Era, as most of buildings and urba/village structures were made of wood, fires were the bane of society by and large.
However well-protected a fire would consume a house or buildings and all its properties within minutes.
Hence a special building or warehouse was needed to protect goods and properties against such a catastrophe.
But erecting a storehouse solely made of concrete, stones and some metal cost a vast amount of silver and gold and only rich merchants and nobility could afford them. Even castles could not be built entirely of stone then.

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The other day I had arrived early for an appointment in front of Shimada JR station north exit and dedcided to a walk around the neighborhood, hoping against the odds to find something new and interesting in spite of visiting the place at least once a week!
Out of the blue, figuratively as it was almost dusk and evrything was turning shades of grey and blue, I found one large building housing local izakaya. My eyes were attracted by the traditional lattice design/namako at the lower part of the walls. The building itself was not a kura but my curiosity kept me looking beyond to the next house… and there for all to see stood a splendid kura! Why the heck hadn’t I noticed before!

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I probably had never bothered to look up to discover this beautiful window!

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One other reason was because the whole edifice had been transformed into a traditional izakaya restaurant and the door hadN’t attracted my attention util then
Mind you it is in a back street you do need a purpose to visit otherwise!

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Roofing perfectly maintained!
obviously the neighboring building must have belonged to a rich family who protected their belongings indie that kura!

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Its lower wall is also designed with a namako-style lattice pattern!

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Great atmosphere!

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Japanese Appetizer (O-toushi/お通し): Slow-fried New Potatoes

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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We are in season for new potatoes which are available everywhere these days!
The beauty about new potatoes as there is no need to peel them off as their skin is an added taste and texture!

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As dragon was working late on that day I for once prepared the day’s o-toushi!
Using a Staub (similar to Le Creset) wrought iron pot, I slowly fried new poatatoes with the skin in olive oil, butter, a little bacon, salt and pepper.
I took the them out once their skin had reached a nice “burnt” appearance and placed them in a small pot (discard the bacon as it will be burnt out), sprinkled them with a little black pepper and hand-shredded parsley!

Perfect with the first glass!

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Visit & Tea Ceremony at Cha no Sato/Tea Museum in Kanaya, Shimada City!

The other day I had the occasion to revisit Cha No Sato/Tea museum in Kanay, Shimada City with a few American friends eager to know all about tea!

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the Museum is surrounded by a traditional Japanese garden!

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And inside the garden itself stands a traditional tea ceremony Pavillion!
When visiting the Musuum you can purchase a ticket, either for the Museum visit only, the tea ceremony only, or for both!

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Kanaya is famous for its all over Japan and the tea fields are very near!

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Past the entrance of the Museum you will be able to check the neighboring tea fields on a model!

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A model of traditional tea picking ladies!

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An old traditional Japanese tea set!

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An antique tea pot!

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The old traditional of carrying and selling tea in 100 or 1,000 “ryou” bamboo bags!

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A Russian samovar!

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the entrance to the world tea saloons museum!

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Many visitors from mainland China and Taiwan on that day!

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The place is replete with tea samples from all over the World!

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Another display!

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And yet another display with harvests from all over the World!

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A British tearoom of yore!

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A Imperial Chinese Tea Saloon!

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Inside a Nepalese home!

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Solid gold tea set!

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Another invaluable antique tea set!

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Back to the Nepalese home! (It was particularly crowded with selfies n that day!)

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Complete with traditional bed and furniture!

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Traditional tribal clothes from Southern China!

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A model of the present neighborhood tea fields of Makinohara!

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Japanese tea party of yore!

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A corner of the Museum has been set apart for trying your hand at making matcha tea powder you can take with you as a souvenir!

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Antique Japanese tea processing machines!

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Moriyama Tea Set!

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Wedgewood Tea Set!

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A Ming Dragon pot!

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Then it was time to attend a tea ceremony.
The wagashi/Japanese cake of the month was called “No Hana no Kagayaki/the brilliance of a field flower”!

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The Tea Ceremony Pavilion!

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Walking past the Japanese garden!

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A great source of photographs!

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I’d love to admire this garden in other seasons!

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A special rest area above the water!

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The traditional tea ceremony tatami room!

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All the matcha tea prepared for each guest!

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The matcha tea to be drunk in three sips!

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And a beautiful and delicious wagashi cake tp savor between two bowls of matcha tea!

Access:
Train: 5 minutes by bus or taxi from Kanaya Station on the JR Tokaido Line.
Car: 10 minutes by car from Sagara/Makinohara I.C. on Tomei Expressway
Or 15 minutes from Ojiro I.C. Bypass

Museum visitor’s regular exhibition fee: 600 yen per adult. Cheaper for students, groups and disabled people.
Service hours: 9:00 a.m.~5:00 p.m.
Museum and Teahouse visitor fee: 1,00 yen per adult. Cheaper for students, groups and disabled people.
Service hours: 9:30 a.m.~4:00 p.m.

The teahouse only admission is 500 yen per person (no discount)

Address: The Tea Musuem/Ocanosato, 3053-2, Kanaya, Shimada Shi, Shizuoka Ken, 428-0022 Japan
Tel: (81)0547-46-5588
Fax: (81)0547-46-5577
Closed every Tuesday (the following day when Tuesday is a National Holiday), December 29th~January 3rd.
Parking: free of charge for 9 large buses and 90 cars.

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