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Tsunami Shelter New Type by Tajima Motors Co.: SAFE PLUS in Iwata City!

A new type of Tsunami Shelter called “SAFE PLUS” was announced in the Shizuoka Newspaper today!

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Tajima Corporation (headquarters in Tokyo) has developped a new type of Tsunami Shelter in its Automobile Research Center in Iwata City.
They are looking forward to to selling a hundred of them in 2014 alone.

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The shelter has the following dimensions:
Length: 6.20 meters
Height: 2.30 meters
Width: 2.30 meters
Weight (empty): 3.30 tons

It can house uo to 20 persons.
Using a special ramp it can also rapidly accommodate refugees on wheelchairs.
Its first trial model was tested in April last year.

The price tag is 4,500,000 yen (45,000 US $).

Tajima Motors is mainly targeting companies in dangerous zones!

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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

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Senju Brewery-Junmai Shinshu Shiboritate Muroka Nama Genshu

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I just managed to grab this last bottle of a limited brew by Senju Brewery in Iwata City!

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It makes for another long reading:
Junmai: No pure alcohol added
Shinshu: New aske of the season
Shiboritate: Just pressed
Muroka: Unfiltered
Nama: Unpasteurized
Genshu: No pure water added

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Limited to 720 liters/ a small tank only!

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Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 17~18 degrees
Bottled in November 2013

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Light golden hue
Aroma: Assertive. Dry and fruity. Pineapple, vanilla
Body: Fluid, slightly sirupy
Taste: Dry and fruity attack backed up with moderate junmai petillant and pleasant alcohol.
Elegant in spite of high alcohol content.
Complex: cherries, oranges, persimmons.
Disappears fairly quickly.
Changes little with food.
Actually marries superbly with heavy izakaya fare.

Overall: A solid sake for heavy food in cold winters!
Very elegant in spite of the “rough image” of a nama genshu!
Another sure value for strong sake lovers!

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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

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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 18: Iwata City

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A beautiful mint water manhole cover with a dragonfly in Iwata City!

Iwata City, already an important city both for its industries and agriculture in Western Shizuoka Prefecture has considerably increased in side with the recent merger to quite a fewtowns and villages, making its manhole covers a slightly complicated study!

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The same a s above on a pavement!

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The same again without the colors!

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An unusual pattern in Shizuoka Prefecture, probably a sewer manhole cover!

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Another unusual and ancient water access manhole cover!

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A magnificent mint water access manhole cover in Ryuhou which has since been merged into Iwata City!

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The same without the colors!

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Another interesting and flowery mint manhole cover for Toyooka Village merged into Iwata City since!

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The same without the colors!

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Beautiful wisteria mint manhole cover for Toyoda Town merged into Iwata City since!

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Another wisteria Manhole cover, but more intricate, in Toyoda Town!

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A mint water access manhole cover for Fukuda Town merged into Iwata City since!

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The same without the colors!

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Another mint manhole cover for Fukuda Town, but with a different pattern!

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The same without the colors!

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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

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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 9: Western Shizuoka Prefecture

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Fire hydrant in Iwata City!
Iwata City is the home of the Iwata Jubilo Soccer Club whose symbol is the “Sankouchou/Paradise Fly Catcher”, which is also the bird of Shizuoka Prefecture

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For this posting I decided a move to the western part of Shizuoka Prefecture with pictures I have again found on Japanese blogs until I can investigate further on my own!
The above manhole cover is over a water access.
Obviously a commemorative one, it extols the virtues of Ryuuyoo Town inside Iwata City: A Town of Water, sunshine and Greenery!

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The same as above but with a landscape of shore, marine pine tree and lighthouse!

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A sewer manhole cover in Iwata, Ryuuyoou Town!

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An already old fire hydrant manhole cover installed in Ryuuyoo Town, Iwata City in 1985!

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A manhole cover in Hamamatsu City representing Sakekawa River in Hamamatsu City!

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Another splendid manhole cover in Hamamatsu City in Gouryuu Distroct!

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Another simpler manhole cover in Hamamatsu city but note the motif at the center!

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Tenryuu in Hamamatsu City! Water access manhole cover with a beautiful bird design!

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A splendid flowery manhole cover in Toyoka Mura in Hamamatsu City!

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A water access manhole cover in Mikkabi, Hamamatsu City, introducing the joys of sailing!

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A colorful fire hydrant manhole cover again in Mikkabi!

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An old manhole cover in Mikkabi over the access to a fire department water tank!

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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

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Senju Brewery-Oo Kara Kuchi-Kyoku +20 Honjozo

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I already tasted this limited sake from Senju brewery in Iwata last year and am always looking frward to tasting it again every year as sake is never the same!
+ 20 means it is extremely dry, probably the record in Shizuoka Prefecture!

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In any case they almost overstate it: Oo (very) Kara Juchi (dry) Kyoku (exceptional)!
This is an honjozo meaning that it needed a lot of work blending it with pure rice alcohol!

Rice milled down to 65%
Alcohol: 14~15 degrees
Bottled in August 2013

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Very light golden hue
Aroma: very light. Pears, custard. Dry and fruity
Body: very fluid
Taste: Very dry attack.
Complex, hard to “catch”.
Greens, nuts.
Marries exceptionally well with heavy izakaya food.
Disappears quickly on dry nutty note.
Always seems to incite you into the next cup!

Overall: A sake for izakaya food. Full stop.
Not the kind of sake you really want to extol on, but just drink!
Its extreme dryness makes for a great experience though.
Could be enjoyed at any temperatures but it should definitely be enjoyed lukewarm!

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-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
-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 Shochu Tasting: Senju Brewery/Distillery-Ginjo Shikomi Honkaku Shochu 37

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Once again Sissi should be interested with this shochu made in Shizuoka!

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it is a shochu made by Senju Brewery/distillery in Iwata City with sake lees.
Apparently making shochu directly from rice requires a different license! Otherwise it still can be called a rice shochu although by law it is a sake white lees shochu!

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Sake (rice) white lees
Yeast: Shizuoka yeast
alcohol: 37 degrees

Clarity: very clear
Color: transparent
Aroma: distinctly fruity and extremely complex. Pears, nuts, vanilla, custard, almonds, umidofu (tofu variety)
Body: fluid
Taste: Very well-rounded and fruity attack.
Strong alcohol but very elegant and easy to drink.
Complex and very difficult to catch.
Dry chestnuts, dry custard, pears, fresh cream.
Stays very dry on the palate but tends to disappear on a sweeter note, this being certainly due to the variety of yeast used to make the sake whose white lees have been distilled into that shochu.
Extremely sophisticated for a shochu!

Overall: Best enjoyed on its own despite the strong alcohol at room temperature.
The distillers advise to enjoy it straight on plenty of ice.
At the most could be mixed with water.
Anything else would be tantamount to infanticide!
Drink it away or before/after a meal!
The perfect nightcap? Mind you it is strong so better use a chaser before hitting the sack!

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-Sake: 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!
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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Senju Brewery-“Kiwami” O karakuchi + 20 Honjozo

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The toji/brew master in Senju Brewery, Iwata City, is the only Echigo School toji in Shizuoka Prefecture and it shows when creating limited brews!

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This is a very dry sake even by Shizuoka dry standards!
Incidentally “kiwami/極” means “very good”!

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At + 20 it must be a record here or very near it!

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Rice milled down to 65%
Alcohol: 14~15 degrees (low alcohol)
Bottled in March 2013

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Very faint golden hue
Aroma: Fragrant, dry, oranges, banana, pineapple.
Body: Fluid
Taste: Very dry attack but very fruity and easy to drink.
Warms up back of the palate in a gentle but insistent manner.
In spite of the elegant fruitiness the dryness tends to conceal the multiple facets of this sake which nonetheless appear on the tongue and palate once the dryness has receded.
Oranges, nuts, chestnuts, hints of coffee beans.
Lingers on only for a while.
Marries beautifully with any dish or food without interfering with the latter, almost taking a back seat.

Overall: An intriguing and very dry but still gentle sake.
Its multiple facets are difficult to catch, which entices you to the next sip and glass.
For dry sake lovers, be they ladies or gentlemen!
In spite of its dryness it is very elegant and soft as the alcohol level is somewhat low by Shizuoka standards.
Makes for a mysterious love affair with dark chocolate!
I personally think you could eminently enjoy it on its own at any temperature or with any food, be it a vegetable appetizer, a meat stew or a dessert.
A sure value!

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

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Shizuoka Liqueur Tasting: KE? Blueberry Liqueur by Senju Brewery

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It is always a rare pleasure to discover local fruit liqueurs made by local breweries!
The latest discovery was a liqueur brewed by Senju Brewery in Iwata City with local blueberries!

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A very elegant bottle for the perfect Shizuoka souvenir to offer to a special friend!
Knowing there are three more liqueurs made with other fruit it becomes a rare treat!

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The first such fully local blueberry liqueur to be created in Shizuoka Prefecture!

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A souvenir to take abroad!
The name “け?” or “Ke?” simply means “What?” in local dialect?

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Senju Brewery which also produces shochu made it with their own sake and shochu and the juice freshly pressed blueberries grown locally!

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“Senju/千寿” means “One thousand Congratulations”!

Ingredients: Kome/rice shochu and blueberry juice
Alcohol: 8 degrees
Contents: 300 ml/cc

Clarity: Very clear, although blueberry fruit particles are found at the bottom
Color: Dark red/cassis color
Aroma: Sweetish. Blueberry
Body: Fluid, light.
Taste: Very soft attack.
Light and easy to drink.
Blueberry. Drier than sweet.
Very feminine in approach.
Although I found it dry my lady friends thought it was sweet.
Blueberry flavors tend to take a turn to a stronger, deeper and ever more drier with the next sip.

Overall: An aperitif?
A digestif?
It would certainly be a close fight!
Enjoyed as a slightly chilled aperitif it will deliciously prepare the guests taste buds before a repast.
Savored at room temperature it will make for a very safe night cap to help forget worldly worries!
A great drink at an izakya for people not veresed on strong drinks.
I personally appreciated on its own at room temperature back from a long work day.
I actually intend to use it as a great finishing touch in a sauce to accompany duck!
But all in all makes for the perfect and elegant farewell before meeting bliss in bed (asleep or not!)

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-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-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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Shizuoka Shochu Tasting; Senju Brewery/Distillery-Wa Ran Nadeshiko/Sho-Chu Carnation

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Senju Brewery in Iwata City is one of the ten sake breweries which also produce shochu in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Their shochu are only of the rice/kome variety but they do come with some rare treats!

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This particular shochu is a rare rice shochu limited to one hundred bottles of a shochu which took no less than 8 years to mature!

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The bottle with its cute pink squarish glass design is beautiful but the shochu is of the fiery variety at 43 degrees!

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But it was certainly worth the 8-year wait!

Rice shochu
Alcohol: 43 degrees
Matured for 8 years. Bottled end of 2012

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Transparent

Aroma: Light and pleasant. Hints of flowers. Alcohol
Body: Fluid
Taste: Strong attack with very pleasant and fine petillant bubbling on the palate.
Very clean and flowery taste..
Strong but elegant.
Complex and difficult to catch. Plays cat and mouse over the palate enticing you to the next sip.
Hints of pears, flowers and apple.
Strong alcohol tends to surprise you more and more sip by sip.

Overall: Very strong but elegant shochu!
Extravagant in concept and maturing.
Best drunk chilled and straight or on the rocks at the very limit. Otherwise you kill the baby by losing many fleeting aspects.
Best appreciated as a (dangerous) nightcap.
For lovers of heady drinks anywhere in the world, be you a lady or gentleman!
And the design of the bottle is so lovely in a twisted square taping tower made of tinted pink glass!

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-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

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Senju Brewery-Junmai Daiginjo Homare Fuji

Not many breweries have attempted or been able yet to produce sake of the daiginjo class with Shizuoka-grown Homare Fuji rice but Senju brewery in Iwata City has certainly succeeded!

Rice: Homare Fuji
Rice milled down to 50%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in September 2012

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Golden hue
Aroma: Discreet, elegant, fruity. Pears, apples, banana
Body: Fluid
Taste: Soft attack backed up by a reasonable amount of junmai petillant.
Turns dry very quickly with an elegant turn.
Complex and fruity: almonds, macadamia nuts, cherries, custard.
Disappears very quickly asking many questions.
Elegant and fleeting.
I did not taste it with food for many reasons and drank it at room temperature only.

Overall: Elegant is the only adjective to describe this sake.
Very fleeting to the point of revealing a very feminine personality.
This is the first time I drank a Junmai Daiginjo with Shizuoka-grown Homare Fuji rice.
Both a discovery and a secret!

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Senju Brewery-Ginjo Hiyaoroshi Nama Genshu

September and October are the season for Hiyaoroshi Sake!

Hiyaoroshi generally means that the sake is sold out of the tank without a second pasteurization.
Well this one, being a nama, was never pasteurized!
Moreover it is a genshu limited to a mere 80 bottles!

Rice milled down to 50%
Alcohol: 18~19 degrees
Limited to 80 bottles
Bottled in September 2012

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Very faint golden hue
Aroma: Puissant and dry. Alcohol. Vanilla, pineapple
Body: Fluid
Taste: Smooth attack backed with strong alcohol warming up back of the palate.
Fruity and complex.
Coffee beans, oranges, almonds, dark chocolate.
Very pleasant and easy to drink in spite of its high alcohol content.
Lingers for a little while on a very dry note with more coffee beans and dry almonds perking up.
Varies little with food except for a drier note with more coffee beans and very dry almonds.

Overall: It is not often you can enjoy such a limited premium sake with a very macho character especially in Shizuoka Prefecture. Marries well with food, although extravagant for a meal. I definitely enjoyed best on its own but also drank it with Shizuoka oden! You can’t have it in a more local manner although a lot of people would kill drinking such a beauty with so simple food!

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-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-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

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Senju Brewery-”Fuji no Kuni” Junmai Ginjo Homare Fuji

Iwata City for all its economic importance in Shizuoka Prefecture has only one Sake Brewery, Senju, but it is head and shoulders above the Japanese average although it is a fairly unknown and small brewery.
Not only they produce top-class nectars, they also actively promote local agriculture and tourism with this sake made with Shizuoka-grown sake rice and named “Fuji no Kuni”, the official nickname of our Prefecture!

Rice: Homare Fuji 100%
Rice milled down to 50%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Water from own well into Tenryuu River bed
Bottled in September 2012

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Faint golden hue
Aroma: Pears, rice.
Body: Fluid & a little sirupy
Taste: Very well-rounded attack. Complex and fruity.
Junmai petillant warming up back of the palate.
Dark chocolate, cherries, pears, almonds. Faint coffee beans.
Disappears fairly quickly on a very dry note.
Turns very dry with food.
Very pleasant on its own.
Marries well with food, although shows different facets then.
Sweetens to linger back under palate once away from food.
Seems to always entice you back.

Overall: Very pleasant sake fit for any food, although eminently drinkable on its own.
Extravagant for a sake made with Homare Fuji rice!
A difficult sake to escape from!

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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, Pierre.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,Adventures in Bento Making, American Bent, Beanbento, Bento No, Bento Wo Tsukurimashou, Cooking Cute, Eula, Hapabento , Happy Bento, Jacki’s Bento Blog, Kitchen Cow, Leggo My Obento, Le Petit Journal Bento & CO (French), Lunch In A Box,
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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-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

Nashi-Japanese Pears at Ichikawa Garden in Iwata City!

Two generations of Japanese Pear growers: Takeshi and his parents, Toshiyuki and Kumiko Ichikawa/市川、利行、久美子さん!

Nashi/梨/called Japanese Pears, Nashi Pears or Sand Pears and many other names are the fruit of hot summers par excellence!
One has to bite into one of these crunchy and extremely juicy, and absolutely delicious, fruits once to understand why Nashi Pears are also venerated as the true fruits of life!

It was another blinding hot day again yesterday and I was certainly grateful for Takeshi San to come all the way to Toyoda Cho Station and then to take me all the way again to their fields and house!
The same fields are heavily protected by nets for all kinds of obvious natural reasons!

Housui Pears/豊水梨!

The Ichikawas mainly grow two varieties of nashi pear, Housui/豊水 and Kosui/辛水, the former ripening in August and September and the latter in full production right now.
Both are extremely juicy and tasty!

Hosui Pear, still comparatively small.

Kosui Pears/辛水梨!

The Kosui Pears are lighter in color wth a different skin pattern.

Growing nashi pears organically at sea level is practically impossible but all that grass proves that the Ichikiwas use only the strict minimum of pesticides! Actually, they have cut all ties with official “Agriculture Associations” so as to conduct the agriculture they think is right!

A lot of pears fall naturally and they will be included with other natural fertilizer to be mixed with the soil when they till the ground between the trees in winter.

I can assure you it is tough work to keep these orchards clean in their three locations for a total of 40 acres, what with typhoons and other unpredictable weather conditions!

For all the hard work harvesting lettuces in winter, corn in spring, pears in summer and rice in autumn, they never stop smiling!

The crop of the day!

A lot of manual and mechanical work involved!

Takeshi’s father started his orchards 30 years ago and gradually replacing all these trees takes time and care.
The above have a difference of more than 25 years! The old one is actually about to collapse!

The orchards have to be protected not only with nets against birds but also with electric wires against civets!

Takeshi san took me to another field where new trees had been planted 5 years ago and bore their first commercial crop!
A lot of investment is involved there!

These new branches will be bent down into a canopy at head level for better reach and control!

These are actually a new variety called nikkori/にっこり that matures as late as October!

You will not find the Ichikawas’ pears in any shop as they sell them only directly at their orchards or from personal order!
Even so they have a hard time satisfying all the demand. A proof of the extravagant quality!

Already all packed and ready to go!
Don’t worry, I managed to get mine!
Actually I can help you get them personally!

As any farmers worth their salt, the Ichikawas grow all kinds of vegetables for their own use and extra earnings!
I took a big batch of those beautiful okra back home!

To be continued…

ICHIKAWA GARDEN
Takeshi Ichikawa/Chouchou Farm
438-0804 Shizuoka Ken, Iwata Shi, Kamo, 200
静岡県磐田市加茂200
Tel/Fax: 0538-34-0629
Mobile: 080-1614-2271

Lettuce: October~April
Corn: June~July (May for greenhouse)
Japanese pears/nashi: August~September
Rice: Middle of September
Other vegetables (please call for more information!)
Private orders welcome!

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French Cuisine: Harmony in Iwata City

Service: easy-going and friendly
Facilities: good general cleanliness
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: Most of ingredients are local!
Completely non-smoking!

Do not be misled by the somewhat passé look of this Restaurant and Souvenir Shop along a busy thoroughfare and its interior of a past gone.

The decor might be out of date but the food is alive and worth regular visits!

The sign is not easy to miss in any case!

A retro look?
Maybe, but Chef Hiroyuki Adachi is on a mission: he has devoted his life and craft to the local producers, breeders and fishermen and endeavored to make them known to all through his exclusively seasonal menus he offers his guests whoever they are!

Each month witnesses a different lunch course titled according to the flavor or ingredient of the season/month!

Mr. Adachi has little problem finding his ingredients, surrounded as he is by arguably the richest garden in Japan in Iwata City!

A quick walk in the vicinity after lunch (before the next interview) certainly revealed how good food was close by!

Many farmers offer on-field lessons!

Strawberry seedlings being prepared for the next season!

Chef Adachi and a young farmer, Takeshi Ichikawa (my next interview), who supplies sweet corn (beautiful raw!) to the restaurant!

As this was my first visit I opted for the “mini-dinner course lunch” to get a good idea of the food offered at Harmony!

Enormous appetizers plate!

Semi-dried tomato in olive oil and its essence jelly in the small glass beside it!

In between local vegetables octopus and local seared black bass.

Local vegetables and fruit!

The seared black bass from Hamanako!

A very tasty soup of local seasonal vegetables!

Home-made matcha and turmeric bread!

Local “tai”/red grouper in Southern French style with its local vegetables!

For a closer look!

Beautiful local vegetables!

From another angle!
The “white flower” is actually a lily bulb! Delicious!

Enshyuu Mikawa Beef Filet!

Beautiful and so tender steak! Extravagant in Japan!

The steamed local vegetables. Great with the beef sauce!

Very healthy rice mixed with black rice!

And now the local dessert plate!

Natsu mikan orange blanc mange and strawberries!

Japanese-style matcha roll cake!

Now, why is Mr. Adachi’s creme brulee so famous?
The secret lies under the cream!

Iwata tomato sherbet!
Now, this is a creation!

I hope you understand why I’m planning to travel all the way from Shizuoka City again (1 hour by train!)!

HARMONY
438-0831, Shizuoka Ken, Iwata Shi, Kamishinya, 499-1
Tel.: 0538-21-1511
Fax: 0538-21-1515
Business hours: 11:00~14:00, 17:00~21:00
Closed on Mondays, 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
Big parking available
HOMEPAGE

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