KURA: Traditional Japanese Warehouses in Shizuoka Prefecture 25: Shimada City, Yokoi Factory

“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 was exploring the south side of Shimada City when I discovered this enormous red brick kura near the Shimada Baseball Stadium.
As it was obviously part of a bigger complex I decided to investigate in earnest!

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I walked around it for a few pictures first!
With all that ivy contrasting on the red bricks I could easily imagine a movie being enacted nearby!

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Ivy!

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The windows must have been locked for quite some time!

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Apparently the ivy was not growing at that end…

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It certainly looked old.
Red brick kuras are rare in Shizuoka Prefecture!

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I finally reached the entrance to the normous complex where the kura was located.
It all belonged to the Yokoi Factory of Tokushu Tokai Seishi Kabushiki Kaisha (Special Tkai Paper Company)!

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It was a Saturday and the company was closed, but the guard kindly informed me that the Kura, although presently unused due to its bad state, dated back to 90 years ago. He also old me that the original wooden office building of the same period could be found inside the complex.
He was also kind enough to tell me to come back on a week day when I could get official permission to visit it!

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The kura from inside the company grounds.

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It is completely locked out because of risks of collapse!

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Looking forward to the “official” visit!

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

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Osaka-Style Takoyaki: Tonbo in Shimada City!

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Service: shy but very kind and smiling
Equipment & facilities: Old but very clean. Clean washroom
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: takoyaki and okonomiyaki and other traditional izakaya foods. Local sake

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The other day having some time to spare I walked along streets near Shimada Railway Station north exit when I found this little place which seemed very popular with the locals. Luckily enough I came in early enough before the place was packed with revelers!

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The atmosphere is reminiscent of the 1960’a and 1970’s and I suspect the whole place dates back to that period with the only concession of a modernized washroom to our present era!

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The food is cooked afresh in front of you and it is worth waiting for it!

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Even the chef seems straight out of a past age!

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No wonder the place is popular with the locals but also with the visiting Chinese and Taiwanese tourists straight out of Shimada Airport!

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The drinks menu and the menu cartes are also very traditional including a sake from neighboring Oumuraya Brewery!

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My sake!

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Also noticed an intriguing wine liquor!

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As this first visit was dedicated to Osaka=style takoyaki/octopus dumplings I first ordered a plate of takoyaki with soy sauce, mayonnaise and chopped scallions accompanied with a glass of wine liqueur!

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Osaka-style takoyaki are soft and burning hot!

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My second order was takoyaki in “Akashi Yaki” style, that is as it is with a hot clear soup to dip them in!

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Eat them while they are very hot!

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Look forward to the next report which will be about okonomiyaki and other morsels!

TONBO

427-0029 Shimada City, Hinode-Cho, 1-1 ( few minutes’ walk straight from Shimada JR Station North exit)
Tel.: 0547-35-7635
Opening hours: 17:00~22:00
Closed on Sundays and national Holidays.
Orders on the phone and take-out OK!

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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
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Shizuoka Craft Beer: Izu No Kuni Brewery: Pilsner

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Izu No Kuni Brewery was founded around 2010 inside Izu World Muinna Hawaians beer Hall in Izu No Kuni City in Northern izu Peninsula.
It puts three regular craft beers all year round that you can easily enough acquire in cans although they produce the same in bottles and on tap in their restaurant.

They also occasionally produce limited brews.

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I continued the tasting with their Pilsner!

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Another rare tasting conducted at home!

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Distributed in cans
Grains, Grain malt, sugars, hop, live yeast
Filtered
AbV: 5%
Contents: 350 ml

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Bubbles: Short head, light bubbles, white color
Dark lemon color
Aroma: dry and fruity. Oranges, bread
Taste: refreshing, dry and fruity attack.
Bread, ginger bread, biscuits, citruses.
Lingers long enough for true tasting before departing on slightly acid note with more bread and nuts.
Changes little with food but for a drier note.

Overall: light pilsner with the right amount of dryness.
Uncomplicated and reliable.
Best enjoyed on a hot afternoon.
Does well with any food, especially pickled vegetables and pork.

IZU NO KUNI BEER (IZU-WORLD MINNA HAWWAIIANS)
〒410-2315 静岡県伊豆の国市田京195-2
〒410-2315 Shizuoka Prefecture, Izu No Kuni City, Takyo, 195-2
TEL:0558-76-3355
HOMEPAGE

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Food Supplements: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

I remember a very revealing article by L’Express (French Weekly Magazine) on food supplements. It only confirmed some of my worries and I decided it might be a good idea to impart what I have come to know.
Now, I realize I’m in for a lot of flak from interested parties, but frankly speaking I don’t care a fig. This is mega business here in Japan and probably more in the US and Europe, and so what?
It certainly promises me fun when I will field some queries/complaints! LOL

Some food supplements are definitely useful with some precautions and I call them “The Good”.
Others have never been categorically proven as beneficial to humans and are just a drain on resources and probably the best business of them all. Not dangerous but nearly useless. I call them “The Bad”.
The last category includes some food supplements that are downright dangerous and you are in for some surprises. They merit the name of “The Ugly”!

And a single piece of advice before we embark on the boat of discord: Food supplements shouldn’t be ingested as a “cocktail” but one at a time, and one at a day if feasible. That is unless you want some digestive disorders!

THE GOOD

VITAMINS D

Vitamins D are vital for the health of bones (calcium regulation). A lack of them will result in rachitism in kids and osteoposis in old people.
They also influence on the immune defenses of the human body.
A regular exposure to sun will help the skin to synthethize it, even with only the hands and face exposed to the sun.
People who live a lot outdoors, eat red-fleshed fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardine, herring, bonito or marlin), dairy products or eggs do not need such a food supplement.
But vegetarians and vegans do need them.

OMEGA 3

These are contained in the fat acids called “essential acids” because vital to human life although the human organism is unable to synthesize them.
They are found in red-fleshed fish, but also in rapeseed plants, walnuts and whole wheat.
They are extremely beneficial to the heart, and brain articulations.
200 mg a day or 1.5 g a week should be enough. Fish oil tablets usually contain 100 to 400 mg. But compared to 1~2 g provided by 100g of mackerel, herring or even tinned sardine, they just don’t compete! 2~3 g of cod oil hold the same!
Vegetarians and vegans, do eat walnuts and other grains!

IRON

A lack of iron entails fatigue and repeptitive infections.
It can spell for a high risk of anemia.
Women with high flow periods are at a risk as well as vegetarians/vegans, pregnant women and teenage girls.
Endurance sportsmen/women run the same risk.
You need a prescription for such supplement as an excess will result into intoxication.
Now Indian vegetarians have found the solution in dry grains such as lentils and dhal.
Fish, shellfish, some dry vegetables and green vegetables contain iron.
Iron supplement are also offered against fatigue, palpitations, as well as to improve children immune defenses and intellectual performances.

GINSENG

Originally from Asia, America and Siberia, this root is proposed to prevent cancer and treat diabetes.
As for improving sport performances, it is practically insignificant unless you you inject it into the body at very high doses (doping?).
On the other hand it does seem to protect against cancer, especially ovary and pancreas as well as glycemia.

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THE BAD

CARNITINE

Carnitine is an idispensisble molecule for sportsmen and obese people.
Producers aver that their carnitine supplements would augment usage of lipids with the dual benefit of improved stamina and loss of weight.
Bad luck: neither has been proved.
Even the organism of strict vegetarians produces enough of it!
As for prevention of Alzheimer syndrome and cardiovascular problems, that’s chalatans’ study!

GUARANA

Originally from Amazonia, it is offered to combat fatigue and improve sports performance.
Not better than coffeee! Actually 200 g of guarana contains 80 g of caffeine. If you already drink a lot of tea or coffee it can be only negative on your system: insomnia, palpitations, etc.
Its benefits have never been proven!

CURCUMA

One of the spices found in curry powder mixes.
Offered to prevent Alzheimer syndrome or cancer, to treat hepapatitis C, hypercholesterolemia and to improve memory.
According to producers, it is efficient against Alzheimer syndrome and cancer tumors and others.
As far as cancer is concerend, the potential seems interesting. As for the rest, no exhaustive research has been conducted!

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THE UGLY

SPIRULINA

This blue algae found in rivers and lakes is cultivated for its proteins (70% of the dried extract).
It is rich in iron and zinc, elements often needed by vegetarians.
Also contains Vitamin B.
On the other it is poor in useful fats.
Anti-ageing, slimming and anti-cholesterol properties are the talk of charlatans. Full stop.
Word is that it will entail a loss of Vitamin B12 for vegetarians. Spirulina does contain some in great quantity, but it is inactive in the human system. Worse it is noxiou as it prevents the assimilation of human friendly Vitamin B12, which is present in the human system!

SELENIUM

Present in meat, fish, eggs and cereals.
It is offered to cure anti-aging and prevent cancer and heart diseases.
Selenium is indispensible in small quantities. to paly a positive role against oxydizing stress.
Actually a well balanced diet will easily replace it!
If you ingest more than 900 micrograms (yes, you read well!), nails will break, hair will split and skin will be weakened with consequent neurological alterations.
In animals it has been proven as cancerigenous!

BETA CAROTENE

Present in oranges, carrots and green vegetables.
Offered to cure anti ageing and to prepare the skin against sun exposure.
Once absorbed it becomes a beneficient Vitamin A.
Beta carotene contained in natural food is beneficient, but ineffective or even dangerous in artificial form, especially in supplements which contain far too much.
It is particularly dangerous for smokers who have a better chance to die from lung cancer when absorbing such supplements!
Just keep to the carrots and green vegetables!

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Italian Gastronomy: Lunch at Soloio in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Pro and very friendly
Equipment & Facilities: Great overall cleanliness and superb washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable considering the quality
Strong points: Fresh local ingredients whenever possible. Both traditional and inventive Italian cuisine. Good wine list at moderate prices. Open late!

Although I have been patronizing Soloio Italian Restaurant in Shizuoka City for 5 years it was the first time I visited it for lunch! The reason is simple enough: they started serving lunch on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only from this year!

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And their lunch is of great value!
For 1,404 yen (less than 12 US $ or less than 11 Euros!) you have a full antipasto misti plate, one of the three main pasta or risotto dishes, bread and olive oil, coffee or tea!
And for a ridiculous 300 yen you can add a dessert!
Let me introduce what we had the other day!

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I recommend a seat at the counter!

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The bread and olive oil!

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The antipasto misti plate/Italian appetizers assortment!

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From another angle!

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Chilled soup, red tomato and yellow tomato caprese with mozzzarella, fritatta, squid in its ink, chicken and yellow pimento, onion confit crostini and garden vegetables!

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The Dragon’s pasta!

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Homemade sausage and zucchini spaghetti!

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My risotto!

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Smoked Madai/seabream and string beans risotto!

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The dessert!

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Cream cheese mille crepes (millefeuille!)!

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And coffee as it should be served!

Looking forward to the next lunch as the menu is exclusively seasonal!

SOLOIO

Chef Takehiko Katoh/加藤武彦さん/Sommelier Mieko Osawa/小澤三江子さん

420-0858 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenmacho, 9-7, Kita, 1
Tel./fax: 054-260-4637
Business hours:
Lunch: 11:30~13:30 (l.O.) (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
Dinner: 17:00~22:00 (l.o.), 17:00~23::00 (Friday, Saturday)
Closed on Monday
Credit cards OK
Private parties welcome!
Entirely non-smoking!

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Shizuoka Craft Beer: Izu No Kuni Brewery: Weissen

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Izu No Kuni Brewery was founded around 2010 inside Izu World Minna Hawaiians Beer Hall in Izu No Kuni City in Northern izu Peninsula.
It puts three regular craft beers all year round that you can easily enough acquire in cans although they produce the same in bottles and on tap in their restaurant.

They also occasionally produce limited brews.

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I started the tasting with their Weissen craft beer!

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A rare tasting conducted at home!

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Distributed in cans
Barley, wheat, barley malt, wheat malt, sugars, hop, live yeast
Filtered
ABV: 5%
Contents: 350 ml

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Bubbles: Shortish head, very fine bubbles, white color
Lemon color
Aroma: discreet and fruity. Bread, lemon
Taste: refreshing and light attack. Soft approach.
Bread, hints of lemon and biscuits.
Lingers just long enough for true tasting before departing on a soft and dry note with hints of lemon.
Changes little with food although it then tends to take a step back.

Overall: refreshing, higher quality thirst-quencher.
Very satisfying on hot afternoon.
Happily accompanies any food.
A light beer fit for the BBQ!

IZU NO KUNI BEER (IZU-WORLD MINNA HAWWAIIANS)
〒410-2315 静岡県伊豆の国市田京195-2
〒410-2315 Shizuoka Prefecture, Izu No Kuni City, Takyo, 195-2
TEL:0558-76-3355
HOMEPAGE

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Must-see tasting websites:

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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
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Sushi Restaurant: Dinner At Sushi Ko (June 2015) In Shizuoka City!

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Service: Pro and very friendly
Facilities: Very clean. Excellent and spacious washroom
Prices: Reasonable (for sushi!)
Strong points: Great variety of seafood from Shizuoka Prefecture and the rest of Japan. Great list of sake and shochu

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O-Toshi/お通し, the snack coming with the first drink. Tuna tartare/maguro tataki/鮪叩き!

Sushi Ko is a favorite sushi bar/restaurant of mine in Shizuoka City for many reasons:
The prices are clearly indicated (bear in mind though that the o-toshi/snack will be charged). If you ask for a special order the staff will be glad to prepare according to a pre-agreed budget.
The variety of seafood is unequaled in the City thanks to very very strong links with fishermen and fish markets all over Japan. Moreover, it serves a splendid array of local products seasoned with locally-grown fresh wasabi!
Even vegetarians and vegans can be catered for!

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As we had come just at the opening time I had the chance to take pictures of the morsels in their glass displays without interfering with any customer!

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You will be able to see these if you sit at the counter!

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Bear in mind that sitting at the counter costs more is just a fallacy!

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For once we drank white wine and French Chablis is just perfect for sushi!

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We always start with one of the sashimi plates of the day. In this case, Bonito/Katsuo/鰹!

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Always served on a bed of red onion!

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With plenty of chopped scallions and grated fresh ginger!

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For people who don’t fancy raw squid, ask for their tentacles deep-fried,ika geso karaage/烏賊ゲソ唐揚げ!

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A rare fish from the Suruga Bay: Rosy seabass/nodoguro/ノドグロ!

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Served as carpaccio with plenty of greens!

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The chef confided that it was the first time he served it as such a request!

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Then it was time for a few nigiri-styles sushi: scallops/hotate/帆立!

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Sweet shrimps/Amaebi/甘海老!

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Seared scabbard/cutlass fish with ponzu and momiji oroshi/Tachiuo aburi/太刀魚炙り!

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Back to a cooked morsel typical of Shizuoka Prefecture: Deep-fried Cherry shrimps and baby corn/sakura ebi kakiage to young corn/桜海老かき揚げとヤングコーン!

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Squid “noodles” in gunkan/mothership-style sushi/Ika soumen gunkan nigiri/烏賊素麺軍艦握り!

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Seared beef nigiri/Gyuu aburi/牛炙り握り!

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Some-homed mad pickles to accompany the next drink!

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Junmai ginjo by Fujinishiki Brewery in Fujinomiya City!

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Our neighbors’ sashimi plate!

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Spicy scallops roll/piri kara hotate maki/ピリ辛帆立巻!

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Pickled squid for the Dragon!/ika shiokara/烏賊塩辛!

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Conger eel and cucumber roll/Anakyu Maki/アナキュウ巻!

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Salmon roe in gunkan sushi style/Ikura gunkan /イクラ軍艦!

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Having some fun with it!

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And nameko mushroom soup to finish!

SUSHI KO/すし幸

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 (in Japanese)
Smoking allowed. Private room can be arranged for non-smoking (4 people)

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
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, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City