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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Kokko Brewery-Junmai Ginjo (conducted at la Sommeliere in Shizuoka City)

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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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For a change this time we tasted a Junmai Ginjyo concocted by Kokko Brewery in Fukuroi City!
Incidentally Kokko Brewery was the first a long time ago to use the new Shizuoka yeast!

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Rice: Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 50%
Yeast: Shizuoka Ginjyo HD-1
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness: +7
Acidity: 1.2
Amino acids: 1.2
Bottled in July 2016

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Clarity: very clear
Color: faint golden hue
Aroma dry and fruity. Pears, flowers,herbs
Body: fluid
Taste: very dry and fruity attack backed gentle junmai petillant.
Complex. Banana, persimmon, walnuts, chestnuts, almonds.
Lingers for a short while before departing on notes of oranges and bitter chocolate and faint coffee beans.
Will finally end up on an even drier note at the back of the palate.

Overall: Superb sake, but not as dry as this brewery uses to.
Probably best enjoyed on its own.
Starts it slightly chilled to discover new facets as temperature rises.
Suggested pairings: salads, grilled whitie fleshed fish, cheese, chocolate.

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, 12:00~18:00 on Sundays & National Holidays
FACEBOOK (Japanese)
Entirely non-smoking!

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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 30: Ecopa in Fukuroi by Guest Blogger Atsuko Kurata!

My good friend Ms. Atsuko Akira, who share the drainspotting bug with recently visited the Ecopa Sports Complex in Aino, Fukuroi City!
This is the report on her trip!

She visited the Shizuoka Stadium ECOPA to purposedly to discover some manhole covers
Let her show you the way to ECOPA!

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First of all, take the Tokaido Line and get off at Aino JR Station!

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Once gone though the ticket gate, turn left!

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Some signs will guide you all the way! Then walk through the long passage and go down stairs!

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There were useful signs to know where you are, the way to ECOPA and tourism information around Aino!

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Bilingual map!

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Easy to understand!

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There are more signs outside the station to make sure you find the right way!
It was officially announced that it is only 10 minutes walk to the stadium… Well, it took her more and up a gentle slope!
The park stands atop a hill.

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This is the facade of Aino Station!
It was opened on April 22, 2001 just before the FIFA World Cup 2002!
England played there!

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This is a nice place for train/JR buffs as the Tokaido Line and the Tokaido Shinkansen run parallel here! Actually, she saw the Dr. Yellow/Shinkansen was running east to west! It is an inspection train for electrics and track. The check-out is conducted twice a month, so she was lucky to spot it!! Unfortunately, she had no time to take pictures… It just wheezed away!

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An unusually big double manhole cover from Fukuroi City!

There were some covers on my way to the stadium. They were all new to her!

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Ancient valve pit and central motif dating back to before the expansion of Fukuroi City!

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Same again for this pressurized air access!

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This is the pedestrian deck to the stadium!

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You walk along it with ECOPA is in front of your eyes!

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This is ECOPA!
No one there on that day…
It’s so huge and so windy…

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She could see the Japanese Southern Alps covered with snow in the north!

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There are actually 1 blue type and 3 yellow types of beautiful manhole covers commemorating Ecopa!
The above, the only blue type, is for “communications”

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Yellow type for electricity!

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You can’t miss them!

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Yellow type for rain waters!

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A yellow sewer type!

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She also this fire hydrant manhole cover which can be seen all over the Prefecture with different city motifs, but interestingly enough, this particular bears the Shizuoka Prefecture motif!

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She also found this tiny blue valve pit cover with the Shizuoka Prefecture motif!

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An imposing double yellow type for rain waters!

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Next time you go and watch a soccer game there, you’ll know where to find them!

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Wall Paintings in FuKuroi City!

I was walking along the Oida River in Fukuroi City in search of sights when I espied these seemingly old paintings along the bank shoring!
Technically not a wall, these large concrete shoring had been obviously painted for some kind of city promotion.
I decide to have a closer look!

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If I remember well these blue drawings are Mount Fuji mascots used all over the Prefecture!

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I wonder why one is smiling and the others not.
What could have been the message?

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now, I know that the owl, “fukuro” is the unofficial bird of Fukuroi City because of the almost identical pronunciation, although the kanji characters are completely unrelated!

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my impression is that these painting date back to when the Soccer World Cup came to Japan as the drawing celebrates Ecopa Stadium which was used for the World Cup in Fukuroi City!

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Oranges, of which Shizuoka Prefecture is the biggest producer in Japan and an owl again!

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Basket ball? At the time the Japanese Professional didn’t exist yet…

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Pity that the years and water have made it difficult to discern from far away!

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Kokko Brewery-Tokubetsu Junmai Nakagumi Muroka Genshu “Miyabi no Iki”

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Another great sake from a great brewery with a story for a name!
Kokko Brewery in Fukuroi City is known for its very sake even in this Prefecture where sake are drier than usual!
The name “Miyabi no Iki/雅の粋2 could be translated as “The Essence of Elegance”!

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“Naka Gumi/中汲み” stands for the fact that the sake was directly scooped out of the tank and “Murooka/無濾過” means that the sake was not filtered.

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Rice: Yamada Nishiki 20% + Gohyakumangoku 80%
Rice milled down to 55%
Dryness: + 7
Acidity: 1.5
Amino acids: 1.3
Yeast: Shizuoka Ginjo HD-1
Alcohol: 17~18 degrees
Bottled in December 2012

Clarity: Slightly smoky due to the presence of sake kasu/white lees
Color: Faint golden hue
Aroma: Discreet and elegant. Fruity. Banana
Body: Fluid
Taste: Strong Junmai and sakekasu/white lees attack.
Very and very fruity: Melon, Oranges, lemon.
Disappears fairly quickly on an even drier note.
Complex and difficult to catch.
Varies little with food although turns slightly milder with more melon notes.

Overall: A strong sake by Shizuoka standards and more akin to “traditional sake” found outside our Prefecture, although its dryness will keep it apart from the latter.
Very pleasurable and easy to drink in spite of its high alcohol contents.
Can be enjoyed with any food, especially heavy izakaya food in spite of its elevated status.
At 55% millage, simply extravagant for a sake fit for izakaya cuisine!

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Musk Melons: The Best in the World grown in Shizuoka Prefecture! Tasting Heaven!

When it comes to fruit, and especially melons, the Japanese must be the most extravagant farmers and consumers in the World!
Not so long ago Roland Buerk of The BBC wrote a fine article about the musk melons grown in Shizuoka Prefecture:
Check here and you will be convinced I’m not biased!: Shizuoka Musk Melons-Japan’s obsession with perfect fruit by Roland Buerk of the BBC

Last night I received a phone call from a home delivery company checking my address as they were going to deliver me one these extravagant melons today as a gift from a friend!
Would you believe I stayed home all day just for that melon as it arrived only at 4:30 in the afternoon (on a Sunday!)?

Before I start describing the experience let me tell who is growing these beauties:
The Company is simply called Shizuoka Crown Melons and is located in Fukuroi City, although they are actually members of the Shizuoka Greenhouse Growers Association!
Although it is written in Japanese check their homepage here: SHIZUOKA CROWN MELONS.
Also check the CROWN MELON FARMERS INTERVIEW VIDEO!
Mind boggling!

Let me continue today’s story then:

The package! With indications “FRAGILE” and “KEEP IT STANDING”!

Another package inside the first package!
Japanese attention to care and details!

Japan Agriculture Forestry and Fishery Minister Award/Shizuoka Crown Melon/農林水産大臣賞受賞!

Such a beautiful box!
Alright, let’s open it!

English that anyone should be able to understand although the fruit are not exported!

To be consumed between November 16th and November 18th! Let’s hurry, then!

Plenty of explanations for the consumer’s attention!

Well, you must read Japanese! LOL

Actually the pamphlet is very informative, but once again you must be able to read Japanese! LOL again!

The melon!

Note the perfect T-shaped stem!
Would you believe that the melons are brushed every day by hand?

WOW!
Look at that color and the perfect smooth grain of the flesh inside.
The seeds are so small!
Only one melon is allowed to grow on each plant!

The flesh is just perfect with a regular color, a fine grain, juices bursting out but with just the perfect smoothness and firmness for the ultimate bite!

It will be tough to eat other melons after having tasted a Crown Melon, believe me!
It is unfortunate that one can’t convey the perfume and taste on the Internet!

Shizuoka Crown Melon
437-0056 Shizuoka Prefecture, Fukuroi City, Oyama, 239
Tel.: 0538-42-4146
Fax: 0538-42-3208
HOMEPAGE

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-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
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-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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