Whirly Twirly Eggplants!

Nature does strange ways to deal with the weather!

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Found this eggplant in Dragon’s family’s garden last Sunday!

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I’d like to talk to the idiot who made the official announcement that this summer would be a cool one!

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The reason for this freak is unusual heat!

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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!
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

Okitsuhiko Shrine (興津彦神社) in Shizuoka City!

People tend to overlook Okitsuhiko Shrine (興津彦神社) in Kuruma Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City as it is overshadowed by the enormous torii gate leading to Sengen Shrine on the other side of the street!

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It also tends to be dwarfed by company buildings on both sides and the big traffic running along!

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But the plaque on the torii gate denotes the grand age of the site although it is in very good repair and regularly repainted!

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Apparently it is a shrine dedicated to fire!

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More history to study!

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Some very old votive stones are still preserved on the site!

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An unusual shape for a stone lantern!

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I noticed that same cross pattern in Oi Shrine in Shimada City!

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The shrine all made of stone and concrete!
I understand why it is dedicated to fir!
Impossible to burn down like so many other shrines!

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The rice straw garland seems to regularly replaced!

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An old friend seems to be guarding the place!

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Laughing dragon!

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Lion guards!

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The phoenix is not unusual but the flying female deity is!

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The left lion guard is found on the wall!

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The right side lion guard is accompanied by a younger/smaller one as found in some other shrines!

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There is a phoenix on three of the four walls!

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Unusual sea waves!

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The third phoenix!

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The flying deity reminds so much of the sky spirit at the Matsubara Hagoromo site in Miho, Shimizu Ku!

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Praying or navigating through the clouds?

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Very attractive indeed!

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The back is bare but for a locked steel door!

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Good-bye, Okitsuhiko Shrine!

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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

Masaaki Koga, Director of Daidogei Shizuoka World Cup celebrated in France!

Masaaki Koga in Chalon sur Saone 2014

Masaaki Koga, Director for the last 23 years of the Shizuoka Daidogei Street Performance Festival was celebrated in the local newspaper during his annual visit to the C”Chalon dans la rue” Street Performance Festival in Chalon Sur Saone, Bourgogne, France!

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“Chalon dans la rue” Street Performances in Chalon sur Saone inspires Japan!

[For Masaaki Koga, Japanese director, “Chalon dans la rue” is a model of originality to import to Japan]

Sitting at a terrace with his team, Massaki Koga is debating which shows to watch on that day. Like many directors he comes to Chalon sur Saone to recruit among the performing troupes, with the difference that his work is comparatively more difficult.
He is the Director of the most important Street Performance Festival in Japan, namely the Shizuoka Daidogei World Cup in Shizuoka, a city of 750,000 souls, which attracts every year 1,500,000 spectators on average as well as 95 troupes, 25 of them international.
Impressive figures on paper they might seem but he is the first to say that street performance festivals and shows are under-developed in Japan. Chalon sur Saone attracts less spectators but for example this year has invited 178 troupes, 23 of them international. A creative pool difficult to imagine in Japan.
But in a norm-conscious Japanese society where the group regulates individuality in all aspects it is difficult to witness the unlimited individuality found in our streets. “To organize a dance show around a bus stop is for instance very complicated. It is a semi private space back home. Therefore you must obtain special authorizations and ensure a regulated distance. Everything is highly controlled by the authorities.” And if a spectator standing atop the bus stop shelter happens to fall down the festival will be held responsible, not the individual.
But Masaaki Koga who has been heading the Daidogei Festival for the last 23 years believes he can import some French cultural dynamism back home in Japan.

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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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Shizuoka Beer Tasting: Baird Beer Suruga Bay Imperial IPA

IPA is a classic name for a craft beer and Bryan Baird gave his creation a great name, “Suruga Bay, the very bay that bathes the center of Shizuoka Prefecture!

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Did you know that Baird Beer labels have become classics available on the market?

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Product name: Baird Beer Suruga Bay Imperial IPA
Grain malt, grain, hops, sugars, live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 7.5 degrees
Contents: 360 ml

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Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: persimmon color
Bubbles: very fine bubbles. longish head, white
Aroma: assertive and fruity. Dry. Oranges and citruses
Taste: very deep dry refreshing attack with great acidity.
Lingers on the palate with more acidity and citruses.
Very easy to drink in spite of its high alcohol contents.
Fruity. Oranges, bread.
Varies little with food.

Overall: Refreshing, solid and reliable craft beer for dry beer lovers.
Its welcome acidity makes it the perfect beer for a hot summer drink!

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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

“Sweetheart” Watermelon and “Godzilla Egg” Watermelon in Shizuoka City!

It is watermelon season in Shizuoka Prefecture and some people like to offer them in strange shapes, but it comes at a price!
Yesterday I noticed this strange combination at the basement supermarket of Cenova Department Store in Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku!!

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fairly small and in the shape of a sweetheart!
I wonder what kind of plastic case it was allowed to grow!

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Grown in Chiba Prefecture!
Sells for almost 70 US $!

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This monster certainly deserves its Godzilla Egg name!

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Grown in Hokkaido island, it fetches almost 100 US $!

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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!
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

Fudo No Taki Shrine (不動の滝神社) in Shizuoka City with Waterfalls and Wild Bears!

Along the Abe River, about 10~12 km from the center of Shizuoka City, in Aoi Ku, Ushizuma more exactly is a small waterfall called Fudo No Taki/不動の滝/”The Unmoving Waterfalls” with a small Shinto Shrine which does not really have a real name and is thus named after the waterfalls.
I went there for the second time yesterday for another reason that you will discover right away!

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Can you imagine?

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“熊/Kuma” stands for “wild bears”!

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That is for people who can read Japanese!

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These signs are everywhere around the small car park at the bottom of the narrow lane leading to the waterfalls!
I do believe those signs as I already have had the occasion to eat bear meat in Shizuoka Prefecture!

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And one more sign before the climb announcing the waterfalls!
Do not be too concerned, bears are shy animals.
Just in case keep clapping your hands regularly to announce your intrusion and they will keep away!

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The climb lasts only 300 meters. It is steep but short and thoroughly enjoyable, although I did sweat buckets!

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The water is very clear, clean, cool and tasty!

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Getting near!

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Small but cute waterfalls!

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Thanks to the running water the air will be cooler nad more comfortable even in yesterday’s record heat!

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Photographing is a bit difficult, what with the narrow defile and steep stairs!
Real photographers should bring powerful zooms!

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It is actually possible to walk in the stream and stand under the falling water!

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The small shrine and its torii gate!

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It is quite old but in good repair!

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Interestingly enough the doors were not locked and I could take pictures inside although it was just a bit too dark!

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Sorry but the left side was really dark!

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but the window on the right allowed a nice view onto the waterfalls!

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Apparently it is still regularly used for festivals!

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Good-bye shrine, waterfalls and bears!

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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!
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

Shizuoka Beer Tasting: Aoi Brewing-Summer Stout

The second batch from Aoi Brewing in Shizuoka City is finally available on the tap!

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In the first batch we had the opportunity to taste a Pale Ale, a Summer Ale, an Australian Ale and Slight Stout.
The second batch introduces a Bitter Ale and a Summer Stout!
In all truth we are looking forward to the third batch which bears a lot of promises!

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Served on tap
Barley, barley hops, live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol: 4.5 degrees
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: Dark brown
Bubbles: fine. shortish head, light coffee color
Aroma: discreet, caramel
Taste: Very light and soft approach, refreshing.
Dry caramel, bread, hints of coffee beans.
Lingers on for a while on the palate with welcome acidity.
Holds well with food.

Overall: Very refreshing craft beer.
Best drunk less than chilled for full enjoyment.
Great as a summer beer as not overwhelming.
Marked improvement on first batch!
Really looking forward to third batch!

AOI BREWING

Temporary address:
AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK

Aoi beer is also available at Aoi Brewery’s two more restaurants in Shizuoka City, namely

420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Koyamachi Naka Building, 5F
Tel.: 054-293-9331
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00 (Mon.~Thurs.), 17:00~27:00 (Fri & Sat.), 17:00~24:00 (Sun.)
Parties welcome (reserve!)
Credit Cards OK

and Mando:

Mando, Neo Japanesque Bar
420-0031, Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Gofuku Cho, 2-4-6, Mori Blg, 1F
Tel/Fax: 054-221-5103
Business hours: 17:00~26:00
Parties possible on 2F
Credit cards OK

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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