Shizuoka Beer Tasting: Aoi Brewing-Summer Ale

If you want to taste Aoi Brewing craft beers and also write about it, there is the perfect place within walking distance of Shizuoka JR Station!

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Aoi Beer Stand!
Mind you, if you want to write about the beer you will have to find one of the six seats free!
Otherwise drinking outside on the pavement is OK!

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Incidentally Aoi Beer Stand is celebrating its 1st Anniversary!

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One of these days I will have a selfie taken of my person drinking their beer standing in front!

As for the tasting, bear in mind that the beers will come and go before re-appearing in the future!
It makes the tasting and writing even more enjoyable!

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Served on tap
Barley, barley hops, live yeast
Unfiltered
Alcohol: ~5 degrees
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered)
Color: deep yellow
Bubbles: fine. Longish head
Aroma: assertive. Oranges, bread, dry
Taste: very dry and deep approach.
Very refreshing with welcome acidity.
Oranges.
Lingers inside palate with an increasing dryness and acidity.
Changes little with food.

Overall: very refreshing brew with more acidity than usual.
Westerners will probably appreciate it more than the Japanese.
Great balance between fruitiness and acidity.
For very dry beer lovers!

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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Japanese Crab Species 1: Snow crab/Suwaigani/ズワイ蟹 (expanded)

Wikipedia definition:
Chionoecetes is a genus of crabs that live in the northern Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.[1]

Other names for crabs in this genus include “queen crab” (in Canada) and “spider crab” – they are known by different names in different areas of the world. The generic name Chionoecetes means snow (χιών, chion) inhabitant (οιχητης, oiketes);[2] opilio means shepherd, and C. opilio is the primary species referred to as snow crab. Marketing strategies, however, employ snow crab for anything in the genus Chionoecetes. Snow crab refers to them being commonly found in cold northern oceans.

Snow crabs are caught as far north as the Arctic Ocean, from Newfoundland to Greenland and north of Norway in the Atlantic Ocean, and across the Pacific Ocean, including the Sea of Japan, the Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska, Norton Sound, and even as far south as California for Chionoecetes bairdi.

Snow Crabs, or Zuwagani in Japanese are very popular not only in Japan, but also in Russia, Canada and many other countries.

In Japan, they are also known under the following names: Matsubagani, Echizengani and Yoshigani.
The females are also called Seikogani, Megani or Koubakogani.
They are caught mainly in Autumn and Winter.
Their number have decreased in the Japan seas down to a yearly catch of 5,000 tonnes while 60,000 tonnes are imported from Russia and Canada.

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(Male Snow Crab)

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(Female snow Crab)

Male and female snow crabs are equally succulent, but the males contain more flesh and are accordingly more expensive.

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The “thorns” of a male snow crab are bigger.

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The “teeth” of a male snow crab are triangular in a seesaw shape.
The female “teeth” are in a straight line.

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The underbelly of a female snow crabis flatish.

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When buying a female (10 tmes as cheap) snow crab, choose a specimen with as few eggs as possible. Above speciman just has too many!

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A female snow crab should contain plenty of succulent orange egg sacs (the eggs not yet “born”). Otherwise, there is very little reason to buy any!

Crabs can be eaten in many ways, even raw, but my favourites are on sushi!

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Male Snow crab leg Sushi Nigiri and Female snow crab Sushi Nigiri and its egg sacs!

Suwagani/Snow Crab legs, when lightly boiled can make for beautiful sushi nigiri.

Cheaper varieties can still make fr some remarkable gunkan sushi combining the boiled white flesh and “miso”/brains!

If the Japanese can get their hands on the whole crab, will simply boil it and eat the meat directly out of the shell with a sweet vinegar dressing.
As for the “miso”/brains they will be served in the shell heated again with a big helping of Japanese sake!

Now, live snow crabs make for extravagant sashimi!

The same can savoured in shabu-shabu!

Italian restaurants in Japan regularly serve it in pasta!

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Oomuraya Brewery- Wakatake Onigoroshi Tokubetsu Honjozo Genshu Nama

Every year I make a point of tasting this famous brand by Oumuraya Brewery in Shimada City: Onigoroshi!

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There are many Onigorshi/”Kill a Goblin” in Japan, but this is arguably the most celebrated!

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When you consider the alcohol content, the dryness and the lack of pasteurization, you need this to kill one!

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Rice milled down to 60%
Dryness: + 9
Acidity: 1.3
Alcohol: 17-18 degrees
Bottle in May 2014

Clarity: very clear
Color: Faint golden hue
Aroma: Dry. Greens
Body: Fluid
Taste: Aggressive approach backed up by pleaaant alcohol.
Dry, Fruity.
Lingers on for a while, warming up the back of the palate.
Apricots, almonds, macadamia nuts.
Takes on an even drier turn with food.
Stays strong all the way.

Overall: Solid and straightforward, this is a very dry and strong sake for the “Macho sake” lovers!
The perfect complement to a BBQ or heavy izakaya gastronomy!
Designed to accompany food!

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Inari Myoujin Shrine in Umegashima, Shizuoka City!

Yesterday I had to revisit a favorite place of mine again up in the mountains along the Abe River in Shizuoka City!

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It was still early in the morning at at around 9:30!

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i come here regularly as my goof friend, Ms. Asami Ito of marufuku Seisha Tea Co. in Shizuoka City. has a piece of land up there with an old house and plenty of Japanese plum trees!

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It does take time to reach the place, even by car, at least an hour as you have t climb up a sole narrow road up to 1,000 meters height!

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But the vistas waiting for you there are worth the whole trip!

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Now, the very place we have to alight from the car is beside the highest green tea field in Japan!

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I don’t know exactly when, but the local farmers in Higashi Mine, Umegashima, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City erected this small house to protect and ancient small shrine called Inari Myoujin/稲荷明神!

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The small torii gate was actually created by a local wood cutter who has a shed just nearby!

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This is a very rare design in Japan with the upper beam a real tree trunk just cut and peeled off!
Beautiful!

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Inari Myoujin Shinto Shrine!

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The original and truly ancient shrine tucked inside!

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Ashitsuki Shrine (足坏神社 ) in Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Okugumi (Ashikubo)

There are many practically forgotten Shinto Shrines along rivers and the foot of mountains in Shizuoka Prefecture due to the moving of population away from the rural areas.
The other day it took me no less than 4 hours on my old bicycle to find Ashitsuki Shrine up along the Ashikubo River in blinding heat but it certainly was worth the effort as it has been almost completely forgotten by the locals who had problems to inform me!
It was only when I found myself only 200 meters that someone confidently pointed me the way!

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it is completely hidden from the view from across the road or river. And the only way to find it is to go down form your bicycle and push it along. That is, if you are not a local!
It is completely surrounded with trees and the entrance is invaded by beautiful hydrangeas!

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The old, a bit lonely torii gate!

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The surrounding area is green tea land!

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Very tall trees!

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The shrine!

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The main shrine!

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Old stone lantern with sun and moon openings!

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Ashitsuki Shrine (足坏神社 ) written the old way round!

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Actually for its look of abandonment, the shrine is still being used for local matsuri/festivals!

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The money offerings box!

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Benefactors’ names!

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More of them!

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Driftwood decoration!

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There was another smaller shrine behind with closed doors!

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Including a small kamidana/altar!

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i also found a large shrine shed!

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I managed to open it and discovered a festival drum and empty tea boxes!

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interesting roof architecture of the main shrine!

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Back down very old stone stairs!

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A last look at the stone lanterns!

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A last farewell before hitting the road!

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ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
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Senbei/Japanese Crackers at Aoi Senbei Honkei in Shizuoka City!

Senbei/Japanese Crackers at Aoi Senbei Honkei in Shizuoka City!

There is a bit of misconception about senbei in Japan.
Senbei/煎餅 is often translated as “rice cracker”. Actually there is nothing mentioned about rice/米 in the original kanji character.
Senbei can be made of rice flour or wheat flour, and can be salty or sweet.

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Now, in Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, not far from Sengen Shrines stands an ancient traditional senbei shop called “Aoi Senbei Honkei/葵煎餅本家” which offers both types of senbei.

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Kazuhiro Unno/海野和宏さん and his wife Yuriko/由利子さん represent the 5th generation of a long tradition.

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But it is only after WWII that they decided to produce their own senbei, moving away from the confectionery of cakes and biscuits aimed at children.

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They sell both rice flour crackers and wheat flour senbei.
The wheat flour senbei are exclusively made on site, whereas the rice flour crackers are made by all kinds of companies throughout Japan to satisfy the constant demand!

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Their shop has gained official recognition from the Shizuoka Prefecture Government for their round-shaped senbei with the Tachi Aoi/Hollyhock crest of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu named Aoi Oomaru/葵大丸!
A splendid and delicious souvenir!

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Petit Fuusen/プチ風ん/”small balloon” senbei!

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Aoi Senbei/葵煎餅, also called “Tokuyou Sunpu taiko/徳用駿府太鼓/Special Sumpu (old name of Shizuoka City!) Drums”!

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Series of wheat flour senbei directly connected with the history and tourism of Shizuoka!

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Another series of fancy wheat flour senbei!

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The most popular wheat flour senbei!

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Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu and the hollyhock crest!

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Very traditional shop and smiling staff!

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Superb gift sets that can be sent anywhere in Japan!

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These two flavored wheat flour and peanuts senbei should please expat and foreign visitors!

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The one on the right is coffee-flavored!

AOI SENBEI HONKEI/葵煎餅本家

4200867 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Baban Cho, 20
Tel.: 054-252-6260
Fax: 054-273-5323
Opening hours: 09:00~19:00 (until 17:30 on Wednesdays)
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Dragons in Japan 1

Dragons!

If you know where to look around you will find plenty looking after us in Shinto Shrines or looking at us in Parks or during festivals and where else!

Shall we look for them (pun intended!)?

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I discovered this dark dragon in an underground shrine inside a cliff by the sea in Kamakura!

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Dragons are not so many in Kyoto and tend to be artistically represented!

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Some old buildings in Kyoto have them protecting their entrance!

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It is still unusual to find them on western-looking edifices, hough!

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I found this one in a shop, but didn’t understand its purpose in spite of its delicate beauty!

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Discovered this more usual water spouting dragon at a shinto Shrine in Kyoto called Myoonbensenten!

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Surging forth out of nowhere!

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Elegant!

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Evil grin!

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This wood carving was almost discarded at Tofuku Buddhist temple in Kyoto!

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Dragons are rarely found inside Buddhist Temples!

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Almost looks like a western cousin!

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Or did the artist confuse it with a guarding dog? LOL

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Yokohama City having a big Chinese community you are bound to find many Chinese dragons there!

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they are markedly different from the Japanese ones with more bright colors!

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Different maws, too!

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They also look more aggressive in protecting their charges!

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What a tail!

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Suruga Brewery- Tenko Junmai Nama Genshu Muroka

It’s been some time since I tasted a sake brewed by Suruga Brewery in Shizuoka City!
Although still a very new brewery, at least in name, it is already getting recognition nationally!

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It goes for one of its long name as it describes the brewing process:
Junmai: no pure rice alcohol added/blended.
Genshu: no pure water added
Nama: unpasteurized
Muroka: unfiltered

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Rice milled down to 60%
Dryness: + 5
Acidity: 1.6
Alcohol: 17~18 degrees
Shizuoka yeast
Bottled in June 2014

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Faint golden hue
Aroma: Dry and fruity. Pears
Body: Fluid
Taste: Dry and fruity attack backed up with puissant junmai petillant and pleasant alcohol.
Complex. Apricots, dark chocolate and milk coffee appearing late with a sweeter note.
Disappears quickly.
Changes little with but for a slightly drier note.

Overall: A sake for strong sake lovers!
Perfect with izakaya food or BBQ.
Easy to drink in spite of its high alcohol contents.
Gains to be drunk slowly and carefully as it can suddenly reveal fleeting facets!

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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

Dragons in Shizuoka Prefecture 1

Dragons!

If you know where to look around you will find plenty looking after us in Shinto Shrines or looking at us in Parks or during festivals and where else!

Shall we look for them (pun intended!)?

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Hamamtsu City is famous for its kite Festival, but this particular festival is little known!

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Truly beautiful at night!

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Komagata Shrine, Aoi Ku, shizuoka City!

Dragons can be found under eaves in Shinto Shrines!

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Note that their tendrils and horns are coming in many shapes and size.
And their maws can either roar or laugh!

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Komagata Shrine again!

You will find small ones pouring water out of their maws, too!

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Unusual horns!

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Surging forth out of nowhere!

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You will also discover them on “happi/festival jackets”!

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Discovered at the Shimada Obi Festival (held only every 3 years!)!

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A flowery dragon at Hamana Lake Flower garden!

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A fierce dragon spouting water in the main Shinto Shrine of Shuzenji, Izu Peninsula!

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Another dragon lurking under the eaves of Sumiyoshi Shrine in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Definitely laughing!

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Long tendrils again!

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Dragons with kappa/water goblins at Tacchan Kappa Museum in Yaizu City!

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A white dragon having fun at Hamana lake Flower Garden!

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Endless fun!

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Inviting you for a ride to discover more!

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rre.Cuisine
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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

Izakaya: Mansouya (満惣屋) in Shizuoka City!

IZAKAYA RANKING: +3
Service: +3 Very kind, attentive and smiling
Equipment & Facilities:+3 Very clean overall. Superb washroom.
Prices:+1~+2 Reasonable
Strong points: Shizuoka sake (all breweries featured!)! Superb sashimi plates. Shizuoka Tea Pork!

See “Izakaya Ranking” system at bottom of article!

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A brand new izakaya was born very recently and is acquiring a very big reputation all over Shizuoka City: Mansouya!

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It is located in a fairly quiet place in Aoi Ku behind Isetan Department Store on the first floor of red-bricked Castle Hotel which used to house a Chinese restaurant!

Note the cedar ball, a feature you will find at the entrance of sake breweries!

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One big reason for its popularity is that it is the only establishment serving sake from all the breweries in Shizuoka Prefecture, even those which are on the fringes selling somebody else’s sake!

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Another reason is that the serve pork from local pigs fed with local green tea! Talk about extravagant Shizuoka gastronomy!

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Not only do they serve sake from Shizuoka prefecture but also local fish and seafood!

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They are certainly a working hard lot even at lunch and no holidays!

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It is always a good idea to reserve especially at night!
If you come alone sitting at the counter is probably best!

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Large groups will feel more comfortable sitting on the tatami floor! But it can become very noisy!

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But there are plenty of tables and chairs for small groups! Note the walls decorated with sake brewery aprons!

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Have a look at all the sake in the fridge! The staff, if not too busy, will have the pleasure to explain their origin!

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If you come to taste as many sake as possible the best solution is to order a 3 sake tasting set for only 800 yen!
The bottles will be brought onto your table and you are welcome to take photographs!

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Each bottle being explicitly numbered, the number of the brewery you wish to taste will be written on your sake tasting set paper!

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Splendid system if you want to report on the tasting!

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O-toshi/snack coming with first drink!

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Beautiful sashimi plate with fish and seafood from Shizuoka Prefecture! Great value!

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Of course Shizuoka oden is a regular dish all year round! Note that are seasoned the Shizuoka way with “aonori”! Shizuoka oden are darker than the ones found in other prefectures!

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And more sake!
Actually, I’m planning to conduct some sake tastings there in the future!

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Don’t forget to order the tea pork! Great comfort food for the meat lovers!

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Very generous portions with yakitori, including my favorite, “tsukune”/minced meat ball!!

Expect regular visits in the future!

MANSOUYA/満惣屋)

Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Ryougae Cho, 1-4-8. Castle Hotel Bldg. 1F
Tel.: 054-253-0088
Opening hours: 11:30~14:00, 17:00~23:00 on weekdays, 11:30~23:00 on Saturdays, 11:30~22:00 on Sundays
Credit cards OK
Parties welcome!
Reservations highly recommended

IZAKAYA RANKING SYSTEM
IZAKAYA RANKING:
+1 ought to be visited at least once
+2 could be become a regular visit
+3 must visit!

Service:
+1 standard
+2 pleasant
+3 very good

Equipment & Facilities:
+1 standard
+2 excellent
+3 Superb

Prices:
+1 cheap
+2 slightly expensive but good value
+3 expensive but good value

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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

Gastronomy on Japanese Stamps: New Vegetables & Fruits Regular Stamps Series!

Because of the rise of the consumption tax from 5 to 8% enacted by the Japanese Government on April 1st, the Japan Post Office had to issue a whole set of new stamps, regular and others, to make it easier for people to buy their stamps according to the new postal fees.
Likewise the government is using (wisely for once) the occasion to advertise gastronomy.

The 2nd Fruits & Vegetables Series comes in two sheets of sticker stamps, one for 52 yen stamps for postcards and the one for 82 yen stamps for basic letters!

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For the 52 yen stamps sheet, cherries and green peppers with a plums design background and…

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… plums, corn and Watermelons!

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For the 82 yen stamps sheet, tomatoes, Japanese plums with an aubergine/eggplant design background and…

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…aubergines/eggplants, cucumbers and peaches!

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The set of two sheets!

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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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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

Takyou Shrine (建穂神社)in Takyou, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

Another long, very long cycling trip to find an elusive shrine I had discovered on the internet and decided to investigate: Takyou Shrine (建穂神社)!
It is located along the Warashina River, a main tribute of the Abe River.
Of course i got lost a few times on the way (but with positive results!)!

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After a half dozen misses I knew I was on the right way!
Why do streets always look so wide on maps? LOL

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Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takyou, 1-20, almost two haours by (normal) bicycle from the city center!

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The toriii gate on top of the stone stairs!

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The main shrine!

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Old wood!

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Old trees around a Shinto Shrine are a good indicator of its age, even if it is regularly re-built!

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Truly enormous by Shizuoka standards!

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View over Takyou through the torii gate!

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I discovered two older edifices beside and behind the main Shrine building!

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Small and old!

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With its own rice straw garland!

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The old ancient original shrine was being repaired!

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Stone stairway from another age!

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It also had its own rice straw garland!

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Wild boar guards!

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Carved wood of another age!

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Old style false window!

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Everything but the roofing is made of carved wood!

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Ancient craft as I couldn’t see any nails!

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A study in old architecture!

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From another angle!

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The red painted metal roofing!

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Local people are very proud of the Great Takyou Shrine Cedar Tree!

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Impossible to frame inside a single picture!

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Another tree well over 500 years old!

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A couple of last pictures before riding back home: the main building rice straw garland!

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Roof tile decoration!

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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

M2 Labo Shizuoka Products Recipe by Tateru Yoshino at Le Cordon Bleu: Sanoman Co. Dry Aging Beef, Pan-fried with Bone Marrow Crust

On Thursday 26th , 2014, I had the pleasure to attend to a special event organized by my good friend, Dominique Corby, Headmaster of The Cordon Bleu French Gastronomy School in Tokyo and Kobe, who invited Chef Tateru Yoshino to demonstrate his recipes with Shizuoka Products in front of famed magazines, media and gastronomes!

Tateru Yoshino used a unique product in Japan for his recipe: Sanoman Co’s dry aging beef prepared in Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Prefecture!

The same beef used by Tateru Yshino were forwarded by M2 Labo Co. in Kikugawa City, Shizuoka Prefecture, thanks to their intricate agricultural network supporting the producers and products of Shizuoka Prefecture!

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Tateru Yoshino (center) and Domonique Corby discussing the recipe demonstration collaboration before the arrival of the guests!

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Tateru Yoshino inspecting the beef!
It was a first for him as dry aging beef matured for 42 days exists only at Sanoman Co. in Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Prefecture!

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Preparing a cut for an attentive audience who were also making a discovery!

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Taking notes and checking the information and pamphlets provided by Shizuoka Prefecture government!

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Keeping things as simple as possible to preserve the true flavors of the meat with only salt and pepper and frying it carefully!
During that time Tateru Yoshino demonstrated how to make a bone marrow paste for the crust and the red wine sauce in true French manner!

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Sanoman Co. Dry Aging Beef, Pan-fried with Bone Marrow Crust and Red Wine Sauce!

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Dry aging beef poelee en croute de moelle, sauce au Vin Rouge!

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The dry aging beef and the other recipes of the day being exhibited for photography!

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During that time the same recipes were prepared on the 3rd floor for the guests to taste and discuss!

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Splendid drinks with all that sublime gastronomy!

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And Sanoman Co’s dry aging beef!

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After the party Le Cordon Bleu’s staff naturally came to taste and discuss, too!

Thank you so much, Mr. Tateru Yoshino!

M2Labo Inc., VEGI PROVIDER, Sync Foods
439-0006 Kikugawa City, Horinouchi, 110-1, 102
Tel.: 0537-28-7721
Fax: 0547-28-7724
HOMEPAGE

LE CORDON BLEU Japan, Inc
150-0033, Tokyo, Shibuya Ku, Sarugaku Cho, 28-13, ROOB-1, 1F
Tel.: 03-5489-0142
Fax: 03-5489-0052

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rre.Cuisine
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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

M2 Labo Shizuoka Products Recipe by Dominique Corby at Le Cordon Bleu 2: Low Temperature Baked Amago Trout, Cream of Shizuoka Vegetables and Thick Soy Sauce Jelly

On Thursday 26th , 2014, I had the pleasure to attend to a special event organized by my good friend, Dominique Corby, Headmaster of the The Cordon Bleu French Gastronomy School in Tokyo and Kobe, who demonstrated his recipes with Shizuoka Products in front of famed magazines, media and gastronomes!

This is his second recipe!

All the products used by Dominique Corby were forwarded by M2 Labo Co. in Kikugawa City, Shizuoka Prefecture, thanks to their intricate agricultural network supporting the producers and products of Shizuoka Prefecture!
Vegetables were produced by Nagomi Farm in Fujinomiya City and the Amago Trout was raised in Shuzenji, Izu Peninsula in Shitayama Fish Farm!

As i said before I always make a point to come very early to such events to be able to catch pictures from the “Scene behind”!
I found Dominique in a very Japanese accoutrement!

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The team!
Most of the food had to be prepared beforehand for the party on the 3rd floor following the demonstration on the 1st floor. That is when you a superlative team the likes of which Dominique has the luck to be graced with!

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The vegetables used this time were organic vegetables grown in Fujinomiya City at the foot of Mount Fuji!

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The amago trout raised by Shitayama Fish Farm in Shuzenji, Izu Peninsula, were first dressed into large fillets which were baked at only 38 degrees for over 40 minutes.

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The fillets out of the oven!

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Before the live demonstration all attending gastronomes and reporters were provided with Shizuoka material by the Shizuoka Government!

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Very attentive audience!

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The amago was then mounted on a Cremeux de Legumes/Vegetables creamy Paste with Organic vegetables grown by Nagomi Farm in Fujinomiya City.

A thick jelly was prepared with dashi and soy sauce to cover the fish and add a finishing seasoning touch!

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The whole demonstration aligned for photographers!

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Later everyone met on the third floor to enjoy the recipes and discuss them in earnest!

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Little jewels!

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Amago Cuit a basse temperature, Cremeux de Legumes de Shizuoka, Gelee epaisse de dashi au Shoyu!
Low Temperature Baked Amago Trout, Cream of Shizuoka Vegetables and Thick Soy Sauce Jelly!

Thank you Dominique!

M2Labo Inc., VEGI PROVIDER, Sync Foods
439-0006 Kikugawa City, Horinouchi, 110-1, 102
Tel.: 0537-28-7721
Fax: 0547-28-7724
HOMEPAGE

LE CORDON BLEU Japan, Inc
150-0033, Tokyo, Shibuya Ku, Sarugaku Cho, 28-13, ROOB-1, 1F
Tel.: 03-5489-0142
Fax: 03-5489-0052
Dominique Corby on FACEBOOK

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rre.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: 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