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The Rugby World Cup is coming to Shizuoka!

We are barely a year left before the coming of the Rugby World to Japan and Shizuoka Prefecture is feverishly gearing itself for it with a new sense of responsibility!
After all, Ecopa Stadium in Fukuroi City, Shizuoka Prefecture, will be the venue for no less than 4 games, the third busiest in all Japan!
The first game will provide a true gem as it will feature Japan against the European Champions, Ireland!
Moreover, we shall be offered the great chance to see major teams in the names of South Africa and Australia from the Southern Hemisphere, Scotland and Italy from the VI Nations Tournament and some truly “exotic” teams represented by Georgia and newcomers, Russia!

Ecopa Stadium was chosen as a major venue for many reasons:
The Stadium with a capacity of over 50,000 was built for the Soccer World Cup and needs little improvements as it is used regularly for major events.
Shizuoka Prefecture is the home of Yamaha Jubilo (the rugby club, not the soccer club which belongs to the same company and is based in the same area), a powerful member (Japan Champions once) of the Japan Rugby Top League.
The neighboring Shinkansen Stations in Kakegawa City, Shizuoka City and Hamamatsu City.
The local International Airport, Shizuoka Fuji Airport in Shimada City.

Now, games will kick off early in the afternoon or early evenings, meaning that a lot of people will have to stay overnight in Shizuoka Prefecture!
What better opportunity can it be to introduce all these visitors, tourists and guests to our Prefecture, to its tourism and to its superior gastronomy?

Rugby fans all over the world are a hungry and thirsty lot! Not only before and during the game, but mainly during the “third half time” when any rugby player or fan worth his name spends as much time as possible socializing with the opponents of the day for some great talks and exchanges. Accordingly, Fukuroi City in particular should seriously think of cooperating with local producers and brewers to keep such a crowd happy for as long as possible not only during the game but after, thus encouraging all these welcome visitors to at least stay overnight and enjoy Shizuoka’s famed gastronomy! To start with, food and drink stands should be erected around the Stadium itself where there is enough space for such an enterprise and bring a great profit to the local farmers, brewers, food companies and local restaurants/izakayas!
The city should also seriously think of providing extra accommodation and services to all these Japanese and overseas fans! One solution would be to invite and encourage local farmers to provide farmhouse stays as the majority of foreign rugby fans hail from the “country” and certainly prefer the rural pleasures to overcrowded and senseless cities!

Food for thought, if I may allow myself this corny comment!

Ecopa Stadium 2019 Rugby World Cup Schedule
Saturday, September 28th (14th game), Group A, Japan vs Ireland, kick off at 16:15
Friday, October 4th, (23rd game), Group B, South Africa vs Italy, kick off at 18:45
Wednesday, October 9th, (31st game), Group A, Scotland vs Russia, kickoff at 16:15
Friday October 11th, (33rd game), Group D, Australia vs Georgia, kick off at 19:15

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Sports, Health & Vegetables in Shizuoka With Mitchell Duke at Shimizu S-Pulse

Mitchell and Charlotte Duke

Mitchell Duke, who also played for the Australian National Football (Soccer) Team, is now in his 4th year at Shimizu S-Pulse Football Club in Shizuoka City, a member of the J1 League with a long tradition and history.
He gracefully agreed to an interview to answer questions and express his views on culinary diet and especially vegetables in a region which boasts the largest official number of varieties in all Japan.
Question: Dear Mitchell, thank you so much for sparing your time. First of all, what was your daily diet back in Australia before moving to Shizuoka City?
Mitchell Duke: Quite heavy, actually! As a typical Ozzie (Australian) it started right away with enormous breakfasts with eggs, meat, avocadoes, bread and what else. In comparison, Japanese breakfasts would amount to calories ingested in our comparatively lighter dinners. Lunches and dinners still included large amounts of carbohydrates, what with all the steaks and pasta!

Q: What has changed since you came to Japan?
MD: Everything! I immediately began in earnest to research more into nutrition to the point of taking a TFE course in nutrition. First of all, I cut out the red meat to shift to a pescarian (fish, especially white-fleshed fish) diet. I also came to bypass most dairies although I still eat eggs. And of course, I came to pay more attention to all vegetables of all kinds.

Q: Do you find it easy to maintain your new diet in Shizuoka (and Japan for that matter!)?
MD: Yes, indeed! There are enough restaurants (I do have to eat out, what with trips and inevitable socializing) with enough variety to allow me to choose food according to my priorities without much of a fuss. Truth to tell, my teammates often indulge in plenty of meat, especially at their favorite yakiniku restaurants. In such cases I keep to grilled vegetables and dig a lot into the kimuchi! LOL. One thing is sure: I keep my eyes and ears open for new venues and possibilities!

Q: Can you obtain your requirements when eating at the club facilities?
MD: no problem there! Meals are served on a buffet style basis which allows me plenty of options including heaps of vegetables and salads! The food there is not only plentiful, but definitely above average cafeteria!

Q: Where do you usually make your daily food shopping?
MD: So far I have used the local Max Value supermarket and other local shops, but I must admit that I probably need to investigate a bit further! The more options, the better! If you have any suggestions, I shall be the happier for it!

Q: Do you consider Shizuoka an easy place to follow your diet compared to the rest of Japan?
MD: Yes, I may say that Shizuoka is arguably the best place when it comes to satisfy my personal dietary requirements, especially when you consider that it is an endless discovery! When you choose to concentrate on vegetables, the variety offered here is nigh unbeatable! The neutral weather plays an important role when it comes to a yearlong search for the best vegetables!

Q: What are the main benefits from your present diet?
MD: First of all, weight control has become so much easier to attain. And I actually enjoy the whole experience. I haven’t been sick for a long time, and most importantly I do recover faster from fatigue or injuries inherent to my occupation! The few times I do have to ingest meat I always end up feeling sluggish the next day! A kind of food hangover!

Q: The last question: would you be kind enough to introduce one your favorite restaurants to our readers?
MD: Ristorante Massimo Italian Restaurant (89-1, Miho, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City. Tel.: 054-335-0030. http://www.geocities.jp/granmassimo/)!

-Dear Mitchell, thank you so much for sharinggyour time! It was a rare pleasure!
-You are most welcome, mate!

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Early Spring Sushi Millefeuille by Kenta Birukawa at Sushi Shokunin Birukawa in Shizuoka City!

Service: shy but extremely attentive and kind
Equipment & Facilities: overall very clean. Excellent washroom. Non-smoking private room possible
Prices: reasonable (that is for true sushi!)
Strong points: Sushi mainly created with local seafood. 3-year old wasabi root exclusively used. Grilled and deep-fried fish, tempura. Excellent list of sake and shochu.

The other I finally managed to find a couple of seats free at Sushi Shokunin Birukawa, my favorite sushi restaurant in Shizuoka Prefecture I have already introduced to many an overseas client. The problem is that it is very popular and it is tough, nigh impossible to get a seat on holidays or weekends! Even on a Thrursday it was fully booked by 6 pm!

Anyway, to make along story short, we once again challenged our good friend, chef Kenta Birukawa who moved some 15 years ago to Shizuoka from his native Akita Prefecture to another Sushi Millefeuille! It is not listed on the menu, but if you are recommended in person by your servant he will happy enough to concoct you an original one according to your taste an priorities!

The only thing we agreed on was the name: Early Spring (that is, for 2018!) Sushi Millefeuille!
Bear in mind that “Early Spring” in Japan, and especially in Shizuoka City, quite before the real Spring has actually come to grace us with its mild weather after this year’s unusually severe winter!

The Dragon (my worse half!) did not wait to demolish as it is her sorry habit but I had time enough to notice that the sushi rice is made in Kenta’s particular recipe, that is the rice vinegar used in seasoning the rice contains red amazu rice vinegar for 1/10th ration and that the millefeuille was topped with avocado nmayonnaise and salmon roe!

I could notice before Dragon further demolished the edifice that it contained scallops, squid and boiled lotus root!

And I forgot to mention that the banderolle around the millefeuille was composed of small cubes of akami/red lean tuna and Japanes omelet/Tamagoyaki!

Can’t wait for the next one!

SUSHI SHOKUNIN BIRUKAWA/寿司職人尾留川

420-0037 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Hitoyado-Cho, 2-5-8
Tel.: 054-251-9787
Opening hours: 17:00~23:00
Closed on Wednesdays
Reservations highly recommended
Credit cards OK

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Kyoto One Cup Sake Tasting 1: Kitagawa Honkei Brewery-Tomio Honjozo Miyouhoudai

Tomo Brewery in Kyoto City has created this one cup sake to promote tourism and Miyoudoudai Festival in particular when the night is lit by ritual fires in the mountains surrounding the city!

And the design characters of the cup have the particularity to turn from transparent to red when the temperature dips under 17 degrees Celsius!

incidentally, this is a hojonzo!

Rice milled down to 68%
Alcohol: 14 degrees
Bottled in February 2016

Color: almost transparent
Clarity: very clear
Aroma: Strong and dry. Plums, smoked wood, raisins
Taste: Dry, deepish and fruity attack.
Raisins, plums, dry mandarins.
Lingers for a while on the palate to depart on even drier notes of oranges, coffee beans and almonds.

Overall: an uncomplicated sake conceived to be enjoyed with food, especially izakaya fare, although many a sake lover would drink it on its own.
Keep the cup as a souvenir!
Recommended pairings: bbq meats, nuts, fried potatoes, cheese

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Craft Beer Pub: HUG HOP in Shizuoka City!

Service: shy but attentive and friendly
Equipment & Facilities: overall very clean. Excellent washroom
Prices: slightly expensive
Strong points: Japanese and foreign craft beers. Pub cuisine.

Koyamachi Street in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka, is fast becoming a craft beer drinking area!
The last shop to appear is HUG HOP, the latest addition to HUG COFFEE which already run three coffee shops downtown!

Its long business hours mean you can also stop there for a pub lunch or dinner!

The craft beers are for the majority Baird Beer brews (Shuzenji, Shizuoka Prefecture) as they have a long collaboration history with HUG COFFEE Co., but you will be offered other craft beers from Japan and overseas. As they tend to change very regularly keep in touch with their menu!

Beautiful sign!

The menu, especially for lunch, often changes, so have a good look!

Plenty of craft beers to choose from!

Very efficient and space-saving draught system!

Bear in mind they often come with rare limited craft beers from Baird Beer!
You will always have something new to try!

Address: 〒420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku , Koyamachi, 11, Samsonite Bldg., 1F
Tel.: 054-266-3418
Opening hours: 11:30~02:00
Cash only
Parties welcome

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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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Shizuoka Beer Tasting: Aoi Brewing-Southern IPA

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Aoi Brewing in Shizuoka has come up with a different IPA brewed exclusively with New Zealand hps: Southern IPA!

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Served on tap
Barley. Maris Otter malt (Great Britain), Munich malt (Germany), Aroma 150 malt (Belgium). All malts were of the same amount and simultaneously used.
Rakan hop, Southern Cross hop and Wainea hop (all from New Zealand). No dry hopping.
Nottingham Pale Ale yeast (Great Britain), sugars
Unfiltered
Natural carbonation
ABV:6.5%
IBU: 35
Production: 450 l

Bubbles: long head, very fine bubbles, creamy, white color
Color: deep orange/persimmon color
Aroma: dry, deep and fruity. Citruses, oranges, dry honey.
Taste: dry but not bitter at first, well-rounded fruity attack.
Oranges, bread, biscuits, faint honey.
Lingers long enough on palate for true tasting before departing on more notes of biscuits with acidity surging ahead and lingering on palate.
Stays smooth on the tongue and palate all the while in spite of the late bitterness.

Overall: totally different IPA type!
Very easy to drink and complex with a double impression starting smooth to finish on pleasant acidity.
Will definitely please both genders of any age!
A real pity it is a limited craft beer!
Suggested pairings: Nuts, sausages, dry meats.

Beer Junkie MOTEL

420-0035 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shichiken Cho, 11-5, IMAKKOKO Bldg. 1F
Tel.: 054-253-6558
Opening hours: 18:00~25:00
Closed on Tuesday
Parties welcome
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BEER GARAGE

Aoi Brewing Co.,Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyagasaki Chyo, 30
Tel.: 054-294-8911
Opening hours: 17:00~23:00 (Monday~Friday), 15:00~23:00 (Saturday), 15:00~22:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Tuesdays
COD, Cash On Delivery only for all orders.
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AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK
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Some Aoi Brewing beers are also available at the mother company’s other restaurant,

GROWSTOCK

420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Koyamachi Naka Building, 5F
Tel.: 054-293-9331
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00 (Mon.~Thurs.), 17:00~27:00 (Fri & Sat.), 17:00~24:00 (Sun.)
Parties welcome (reserve!)
Credit Cards OK
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French Cuisine: Dinner at HARAGUCHI in Shizuoka City!

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Service: professional and smiling
Equipment & facilities: spotless clean. Superb washroom. Entirely non-smoking. Cloakroom.
Prices: slightly expensive
Strong points:
high-class French cuisine. Pate and terrine, the specialty! Superb local and Japanese products. Excellent wine list. Doubles as a superb wine bar during and after hours.

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When Hiroshi Haraguchi/原口広さん decided to open his own restaurant in Shizuoka City this year after a long stint in a star-studded establishment in Tokyo he certainly hit the jackpot, the more for it that French restaurants of note in this City had become scarce of late!
Having already published books of his own masterpieces, here we were suddenly finding ourselves with a new chef of renown!

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It is a busy place but at last I had the opportunity to share dinner there in great company!
To start with HARAGUCHI offers an excellent wine list for all budgets. Although the food is consequently priced, I found the wines quite reasonable!
As only two of our group drank wine we chose a Crozes Hermitage 2010 offered by ever-reliable E. Guigal dealer!

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The cuisine is both traditional and modern, as well as the table settings!

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Naturally the (whole wheat) bread is home-baked!

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As amuse-bouche/starter, we were served an elegant salmon mousse!

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Now, as the main starter, being French, I couldn’t help sample the exquisite-looking and very generous terrine de campagne (although called “pate de campagne”!)!
True to tell, it was more than par with the many I ate back home! And the home-made pickles and local fine salad were just perfect!
Actually, I would recommend anyone to first visit the wine bar and savor a great one with one of the terrines and pate on the menu!

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As for the fish dish, we had a sawara/Spanish mackerel caught in the neighboring Suruga Bay, cooked to perfection with a crackling skin!

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One of my friends opted for this succulent beef raised in Aichi Prefecture!
I don’t have to extol the qualities of Japanese beef, do I! It certainly doesn’t need any artifices!

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Pork is probably the most underrated meat away from these shores, and it is just impossible to list them all1
his particular piece was from a nasu-ton, that is pigs fed with eggplants in Tochigi Prefecture!
Tender, juicy and so tasty! Even the fat! I didn’t leave a iota on my plate!

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The dessert, an exquisite example of simplicity consisted of seasonal apple tart, very Alsatian in style, cinnamon ice-cream and bitter caramel sauce!

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And I can assure you that the mignardises did not last long, just the time to explain their origin to my friends!

Now, since I have to sample all these terrines and pates myself at the wine bar, expect more visits and reports!

HARAGUCHI

420-0035 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shichiken-Cho 9-5, Trenz Bldg, 1F (along the Aoba Park Street)
Tel.: 054-251-3803
Opening hours: 11:30~13:30, 17:30~20:30 (LO), ~24:00 (wine bar)
Closed on Mondays, 1st & 3rd Sundays
Lunch: 3,500, 5,000 yen
Dinner: 7,500, 10,000 yen (a la carte also available)
Credit cards OK
FACEBOOK

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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
-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