French Winter Lunch at Chez Mont-Pierre in Shizuoka City!

Service: Very friendly, accommodating and helpful
Equipment & Facilities: Superb cleanliness overall. Extravagant washroom. Entirely non-smoking. Separate room for families with children.
Prices: Very reasonable considering the quality and generosity
Strong points: High class Classical French gastronomy with a modern and inventive touch. Excellent wine list.

As I said before, Shizuoka City is divided into 3 distinct wards, Aoi Ku, Suruga Ku, and Shimizu Ku. Suruga Ku south of Shizuoka JR Station is rapidly evolving into a gastronomic area to provide for a growing population and palliate for the congested Aoi Ku north of Shizuoka JR Station.

Yesterday Bernard Heberlé, owner-chef pâtissier at Abondance in Hamamatsu City came to visit me in Shizuoka City and I thought it a good opportunity to introduce him to one of the few great restaurants he hadn’t visited in our town yet!

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He actually had a great time deciphering the menu both written in French and Japanese.
Chez Mont-Pierre offers three different lunch courses and wine by the glass for lunch.
We opted for the medium menu which I knew would be more than enough even at the reasonable price!

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All bread is home-baked!

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The first appetizer!

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Don’t forget to open the small jar first!

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Soupe à l’oignon nouveau/new onion soup and Consommé Paris Soir!

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Bavaroise de Reblochon purée de petits pois/Reblochon cheese bavaroise and mashed green peas!

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Second appetizer:
Oeuf à la Coque et au Champignon de Cèpe et Petite Quiche Lorraine au Foie Gras et Crême de Poireaux aux Truffes/Half-boiled egg with cep mushroom and small Quiche Lorraine with leek and truffle cream!

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The third appetizer!

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Escalope de Saumon Crème au Vermouth/Salmon escalope with Vermouth Cream!
Incidentally all vegetables including above small turnips are local!

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The fourth appetizer!

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Étuvée et purée de Légumes et fruits de Mer/Steamed and mashed vegetables and seafood plate!

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Such a pleasure to discover all the hidden ingredients!

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My friends had fish for their main course!

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Suruga Bay Amadai/Tilefish poêlée on its skin and fresh vegetables!

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Such attention to small details!

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I had meat as my main course!

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Hamamatsu pork escalope!

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Who said pork is not a noble meat?

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Where shall I start eating it!

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Succulent Darjheeling Tea pudding avant-dessert/pre dessert!

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The double plateau of home-desserts!

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You can order as many as you want!

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But you are kindly to eat all your order!

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Can you guess what I ordered?

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Tarte Tatin (reversed apple tart) and cheese cake!

Of course, tea, coffee, or expresso (single or double) is included!

Difficult to beat anywhere in japan at 30 US $/25 Euros!

CHEZ MONT-PIERRE
Chef: Kenichi Meguro/目黒研一さん

422-0836 Shizuoka City, Suruga Ku, Shikiji, 1-5-27
Tel.: 054-236-0255
Opening hours: 11:30~14:00, 17:30~21:00
Closed on Mondays all day & 2nd and 4th Sundays for dinner
Cards OK for dinner only
Private room for 4~8 guests
Parties welcome
Group courses available for 10~22 guests.
Car park available
Entirely non-smoking!
Call beforehand!

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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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Manhole Covers In Shizuoka Prefecture 35: New Commemorative Fire Hydrant Manhole Cover in Shizuoka City!

Last Friday the Shizuoka Municipal Government finally announced the creation of a new Fire hydrant manhole cover to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the death of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu in Sumpu Castle.
I decided some more investigation was in order and I visited the Shizuoka City Hall to find out where it was exhibited.
It wasn’t.
And nobody could tell me where to find it until a nice lady civil servant did some research and told me I would have to go to a Shizuoka City Works Office Water Distribution Department in Nishinakahara on the other side of the station! I actually cycled the wrong way, had to ask the way in a police station who didn’t know much more than me in spite of my 38-year residency.

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南安倍取水場/Minami Abe (of Abe River) Water Pumping Site! Lucky I can read Japanese!

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Looking at the nondescript building/office there is no way to know where you are.
Lucky that nice lady back in the Shizuoka City Hall did some good investigative wrok for me!
Not only this but she had forewarned a young civil servant of my coming!
And the least I can say is that he was ready with information and manhole covers!
But let’s have a look around first!

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Cover for access a small to medium water valve!

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The smallest type of cover for access to a water valve!

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Mr. Yuuta Fujii/藤井勇太さん to whom I’m indebted for the whole investigation!

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The three types of manhole covers (plus the smaller ones) this particular office is in charge of installing and maintaining!
There are other types for electricity, gas, drainage waters, sewers, but they all are the reposiblity of as many offices! No wonder it is so difficult to find out information!

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The traditional fire fighting festival pole, “matoi/纏”!

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The traditional three fire fighting festival pole, a model probably older and definitely rarer!

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The cover commemorating the 400th anniversary of the coming of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu to Sumpu Castle

Most of the above three covers will be replaced with the new one in the two months to come.
Hurry to take photos of them before they disappear!

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The design of the new cover to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the death of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu in Sumpu Castle!

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Mr. Fujii had prepared color copies of the information for me!
The design represents Mount Fuji, Miho no Matsubara Beach, Kunozan Toshogun Shrine and Suruga Bay!
Relief accounts fro 54.56% of the surface!

The plaque is fabricated by a Shizuoka Company called Hinode Suidou Kiki Co.!

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40 covers will be fabricated for a total cost of 2,500,000 yen.
Each cover diameter is 530 mm, and each will weigh 24 kg!

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They will be installed to replace ld types around Sumpu Park and along the route from Shizuoka JR Station to the Sengen Shrine!

Mr. Fujii has promised to call me when the first cover will be installed for the benefit of the media!
New report in the offing, then!

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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
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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Suruga Brewery-Abekaido Tokubetsu Honjozo

Abekaido is one of the brands taken over by Suruga Brewery when they acquired the license of defunct Yoshiya Brewery in Shizuoka City.
It was certainly worth it what the beautiful label and the exquisite sake!

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This particular brand is readily available in 300 ml bottles, the perfect size for tasting and present/souvenir!

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Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15.7 degrees
Dryness: + 7
Bottled in November 2014

Clarity: very clear
Color: faint golden hue
Aroma: Dry and fruity. Pears, green apples
Body: fluid
Taste: dry and fruity attack backed up with pleasant alcohol.
Complex: pears, green apples, notes of banana, almonds oranges.
Lingers for a short while before departing on a slightly sweeter note with dark chocolate, milk coffee and nuts.
Varies little with food. Marries beautifully with any kind of food, but particularly with heavy food, Japanese or Western.

Overall: A solid, reliable and complex sake obviously conceived to accompany food. Complex enough to ask many questions.
A sure value one expects to taste and enjoy again every year!
Not as dry as expected, would do superbly with cheese and cold meats in particular in lieu of a strong white wine.

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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
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-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-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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Healthy Lunch at Cyohachi Coffee in Shizuoka City!

Service: Shy but very friendly and smiling
Facilities & Equipment: Very clean overall. Excellent washroom. Entirely non-smoking
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Lunch cafe! very healthy lunches with local ingredients. Open as a cosy cafe all
day!

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fortunately for the true cafes and healthy food lovers there seems to be a resurgence of establishments which offer you something different from the industrialized diners and cafes invading our streets in Shizuoka City and Prefecture!

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One such place is Cyohachi Coffee/長八珈琲店 tucked away in Sumpu Cho away from the bustling center of Shizuoka City!
It does have a lot of merits apart of their delicious coffee and healthy food!

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Most of their ingredients are local!

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You can take a seat at the counter or at a table on the first floor, but if you wish for some peace climb the stairs to the second floor!

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The decoration has been thankfully kept to a minimum with a simple and homey atmosphere!

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Not only a great place to enjoy coffee or tea, but the lunch menu is definitely worth a good look!

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And the place is entirely nonsmoking!

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I had the hand–made hamburger lunch set for my first visit!

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Soup!

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More than enough for lunch!

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Fresh greens salad!

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Home-made hamburger!

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I mean a delicious stewed open hamburger!

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Steamed rice with a nice touch!

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Stewed vegetables and tofu, potato salad and home-made pickles!

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Tea or coffee included served with real sugar and milk!

See you there again for another lunch!

CYOHACHI COFFEE/長八珈琲店

420-0856 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Sumpu Cho, 1-32
Tel.: 054-6591076
Opening hours: 11:30~20:30

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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
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American Gastronomy: “Lobster & Tile Fish Nage” at BLUE BOOKS CAFE in Shizuoka City!

Service: Very friendly, smiling and attentive
Equipment & Facilities: Great overall cleanliness. Superb washroom in same building separated from the cafe.
Prices: Reasonable for such big servings!
Strong points: Very generous cafe/bistro multi-genred gastronomy. Great variety. Great products. Very modern atmosphere. Great books!

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Yesterday was a cold and I suddenly craved for a hot lunch!
My feet seemed to naturally carry me to BLUE BOOKS CAFE in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shziuoka City!
It took me some time before making up my mind!

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I finally opted for the “Lobster (“Homard” in Japanese) and Tile fish (“Amadai” in japanese) Nage (French for “Swim”/light sauce/broth) with seasonal vegetables!

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The lunch set includes unlimited home-baked bread!

Dessert is not included (good for me who is carefully monitoring y weight!) but coffee or tea can be added for 100 more yen! Very good value indeed considering it costs less 14 US $ or less than 11 Euros

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The lunch set!
Now, what did I have?

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I limited myself to two pieces of bread although my eyes wanted more! (you can ask for more during the meal!)

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A big enough green salad and black tea!

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The main dish!

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I admit it is a small lobster and only half of one, but it is still good value!

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And tile fish does not come in Japan, either, although it is fortunately a local fish!
The lobster and the fish are mounted on a smooth and creamy potato mash which is delicious mixed with the sauce/broth!

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The local seasonal vegetables were absolutely superb: Broccoli, yellow cauliflower, “Petit Vert” Brussels sprouts (a variety created in Shizuoka Prefecture), snap green peas and turnip!

Great value once again, delicious and so healthy!
Who said that American cuisine is heavy? LOL

BLUE BOOKS CAFE

420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki-Cho, 4-6, Den Bldg 1F (5~10 minutes walk straight ahead from Shizuoka JR Station North Exit, around the corner at the large crossroads)
Tel.: 054-280-7644
Opening hours: 11:00~14:30 (lunch), 14:30^17:30 (cafe), 17:30~23:00 (dinner)
Credit Cards OK
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Twitter: @BlueBooksCafe

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

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Along the Tokaido Nature Trail to Nihondaira Peak in Shizuoka Ciy!

Mount Fuji is best seen on a winter sunny days and there is an embarrassment of choices as to from what spot to admire it!
Nihondaira Peak inside Shizuoka City, that is in suruga Ku, is one of them.
And if you feel like having some much needed exercise one way to reach Nihondaira peak is to do it on foot!
If you are a fit person, whatever your age, it will take you only a couple of hours walk.
To avoid monotony just go back by bus but beware that the last one is at about 16:00.
Let me relate how I achieved it last week!

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I first took a local train from Shizuoka JR Station and got off at Kusanagi Station.
You can also reach the same destination by riding the Shizutetsu Line from Shizuoka Cenova Department Store!
Get off at Kusanagai and walk till the main crossing ahead. Turn left and look for a big Torii/鳥居 gate which will be your starting point. The torii is that of a very interesting shrine, Kusanagi Shrine I described earlier.
Walk under the torii and proceed straight ahead!

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Don’t forget to look at your feet sometimes and you will discover some interesting manhole covers!

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This type is a pretty old fire hydrant access when Shimizu was still a separate city!

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The same type with a colored center!

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An even older type of Shimizu City fire hydrant cover!

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Go along he Kusanagijinja (Kusanagi Shrine) dori/path!

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Don’t worry, there will be plenty of signs along the route to keep you on the right track!

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First you will reach the Kusanagi Shinto Shrine!

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Spare some of your time to visit it! It is worth it!

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On your way out you will find an interesting manhole cover again!

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Old Shimizu City type featuring Mount Fuji and Miho Beach with Matsubara Forest!

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For collecting river and rain waters!

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Check that you are on the right path!

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Have a good look at the map!

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It is bilingual!

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It also gives you indications on the time needed!

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Your first steps will take you through rural land!

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Green tea fields and the last winter Chinese cabbage!

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You are on the right path!

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Peach tree field!

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This is orange tree land!

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Discovered this cute shed before the next bend!

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it is only a private farm tool shed but the local primary school kids spent a great time decorating it!

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A great idea to help the local kids’ sense of creation!

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Don’t miss the next bend and walk up the passage way above the road!

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A grand view is in wait for you at the top of the stairs before you penetrate the mountain forest!

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Mount Fuji!

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Shizuoka is also the land of green tea in japan!

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A long flight of stairs will lead you to the nature trail going along the top of the mountains!

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You never know, you may meet some elves there!

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Plenty of ferns at the foot of tall cedar trees!

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Follow the trail!

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There are definitely sprites among hose trees! LOL

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Out of the woods and almost at the top of Nihondaira peak!

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Goal!

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What is that statue?

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The story of “The Little Girl with The Red Shoes Who Was taken Away By A Stranger”!

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Coming to one of the top Mount Fuji Viewing Spots in Japan!

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The overview!

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Shimizu Harbor and the Suruga Bay!

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Mount Fuji!

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Suruga Bay and Izu Peninsula in the distance!

I wished I had taken more pictures but I was really running low on batteries!
Moreover the air was a bit hazy. Next time I will take pictures earlier in the morning or before sunset (problem here as there will no more buses unless I visit the place on a busy week-end!)!

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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

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery-Shusseijo Ginjo Fujihomare Nakakumi Nama Genshu (conducted at La Sommeliere in Shizuoka City)

I don’t mind repeating it all the time but I prefer conducting sake tastings in the right environment but not many places are propitious for that exercise or willing to help.
But La Sommeliere in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City is certainly becoming a habit as not only I can conduct my tasting in the best conditions possible but also exchange views at the same time!

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Owner Hiroko Hasegawa/長谷川浩美さん called me to to inform me she had received the first batch of sake brewed by Hamamatsu-Tenjigura Brewery in Hamamatsu!

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This one particularly interested me!

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It is a “Shuseijo” ( the brewery’s main brand!), Ginjo Fujihomare (sake rice grown in Shizuoka Prefecture) Nakakumi/中汲み (beginning and end of pressing not included) Nama (unpasteurized) Genshu (no pure water blended in)!

SN3O0302

Rice: Fujihomare (Shizuoka rice)
Rice milled down to 60%
Shizuoka yeast
Alcohol: 18~19 degrees
Bottled in December 2014

SN3O0305

Clarity: very clear
Color: Faint golden hue
Aroma: Very dry and fruity. Strong creamy attack with pears, melon, marshmallows
Body: Fluid and slightly sirupy
Taste: Strong and well-rounded attack backed up with pleasant and puissant alcohol.
Complex: melon, custard, marshmallows.
Lingers for a while with marshmallows and peach before ending up with dry oranges.
Changes little with food.
Superb with cheese, soft Gorgonzola in particular. Try it with Munster cheese as it beautifully enhances the smoothness of the cheese!
Should be perfect with pork meats and sausages!

Overall: Surprisingly elegant and easy to drink in spite of strong alcohol contents.
Its complexity will please ladies in particular.
Superb on its own, it would nonetheless be extremely attractive paired with cheese, particularly soft Gorgonzola or Munster!
Can be eminently enjoyed as aperitif or digestif slightly chilled or at room temperature.
Extremely good value and well above average for similar sake!

LA SOMMELIERE

420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 7-5, Aiseido Bldg, 1F
Tel. & Fax: 054-266-5085
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00
Closed on Sundays & National Holidays
Entirely non-smoking!

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