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Green Tea and Wagashi Cakes at Momijiyama Japanese Garden in Sumpu Park in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Very friendly and attentive
Equipment & Facilities: Impeccable cleanliness. Washroom outside the Garden inside Sumpu Park (equipped for physically-impaired visitors)
Prices: very reasonable
Strong points: top-class local tea. Beautiful wagashi. Splendid Japanese park.English pamphlet available. English-speaking staff.
Entirely non-smoking

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If you visit Sumpu Park in the center of Shizuoka City you ought to visit one place secluded inside for a true Japanese experience: Momijiyama Japanese Garden and its tearoom!

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If you come to the right time of the year you will be welcomed by flowering cherry trees!

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Once past the entrance where you can book tea and wagashi cake at the tea room walk along the wooden platform to reach the inner Japanese garden.

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The general view of the park, an ever-changing landscapes according to the seasons!

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Beautiful pond with Japanese carps!

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Take your time and walk around!

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Plenty of flowering trees along the seasons!

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This part of the garden was design to represent Mount Fuji looming over green tea fields!

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The tea room!

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Water well!

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A look at the “engawa/surrounding hall” on the right of the tea room!

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Inside view!
You are invited inside as soon as a seat is available and upon producing your ticket you will be served either sencha tea or macha tea with a wagashi Japanese cake.

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You can put your bag under the table!

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I personally asked macha tea!

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My Wagashi Japanese cake represented a rape flower and plant!

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Good news for vegans and vegetarians!

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The macha was served in beautiful bowls!
Mine was decorated with wisteria!

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Some of my friends had ordered sencha sets!

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With a different type of wagashi Japanese cake!

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We were all served houji cha before leaving!

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A peaceful corner!

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Check the tea selection on sale!

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Take your time to enjoy the park before leaving!

MOMIJIYAMA JAPANESE GARDEN IN SUMPU PARK, SHIZUOKA CITY

Access (inside Sumpu Park):
5 minutes on foot from Shin-Shizuoka Station on the Shizutetsu Railway Line
10 minutes on foot from JR Shizuoka Station
15 minutes by car from Shizuoka Interchange on the Tomei expressway
Shizuoka City is one hour by Shinkansen Bullet Train from Tokyo and two hours from Kyoto

Opening hours: 09:00~16:30
Closed on Mondays (if Monday is a National Holiday, open on Monday and closed on Tuesday).
Closed from December 29th to January 3rd
Check admission fees at entrance
Interpretation services by citizen volunteers are available on reservation in several languages. For further details contact the Parks and Green Areas Division of City Hall at (054) 221-1121 or the Tea Room Office at (054) 251-0016

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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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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 40: New Commemorative Fire Hydrant Manhole Cover 2nd Type in Shizuoka City!

On February 5th in 2015 I had reported on a new Commemorative Fire Hydrant Manhole Cover being installed in Various locations in Shizuoka City to mark the 400th Anniversary of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu’ss Death.

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Read more about the above manhole cover HERE

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Now, yesterday I noticed apparently the same cover because it seemed brand new!

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It is located along the Shichiken Cho Street at an intersection not far from Isetan Department Store!
I soon found why I was intrigued: it was a different cover!

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The new cover!

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In the upper left quarter a falcon (Tokugawa Ieyasu was passionate about falconry!) had replaced the Kanji character “水”for “water”!
The shape of the clouds has also been amended.

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The text inside the scrolls had been written black on white (instead of white on black) with a different sentence meaning “Shizuoka City which was loved by Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu”. Actually the city was called “Fuchu” before he retired there in 1607 when he changed its name to “Sumpu”. It became “Shizuoka City” only during the beginning of the Meiji Era!

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In the lower right quarter the date “2017” has been replaced with two eggplants!
Shizuoka City, more precisely Shimizu City before it was merged as Shimizu Ku, is famous for a local eggplant called “折戸なす/orito nasu” taht Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu was very fond of!
Moreover five pine trees have been lft out the six original ones!

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As for the bottom left quarter it has basically been left untouched!

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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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Kanaya Tea Festival 2016!

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At last, after a two-year interval, I could enjoy the Tea Festival in Kanaya, Shimada City, although my visit was definitely too short to my taste. In 2018, I will definitely stay there at least a full day and a full night!

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Ladies’ power!

This year I almost reached Kanaya too early, but it gave me time to appreciate that the city and its inhabitants are trying their best every two years!
Let me at least introduce their event in pictures!

THE GROUPS & THE CLANS!

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Taking pictures is an embarrassment of choices, especially considering the universal goodwill and fun-loving spirit!
The rick is probably to sort your pictures according to themes!

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An orange chariot rider team!

The city is basically divided into 6 traditional precincts dating back to Edo Era and each has its own festival chariots manned and introduced by teams residing in their respective areas!

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The third precinct “guard”!

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A white and violet chariot rider team!

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A motley chariot handler team!

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The 6th Precinct “Guard”!

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The younger generation “Guard”!

THE CHARIOTS!

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The Chariots, called “Yatai”, is the main event and performed twice, once at noon and another time after dark!

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Each chariot carried its own drummers and flutists encouraging the handlers and riders!

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Each chariot was ridden by comparatively light men whose role was toe encourage the handlers!

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Naturally the same vocal and whistling encouragements amplified when two chariots got near to each other!

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And all the while the drummers keep drumming, drumming and drumming!

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All chariots seem to barely be able to pass under the telephone cables!

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Actually they had more trouble avoiding the traffic lights than each other!

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Handlers kept smiling all the time!
For all their fierce faces, fights are extremely rare between handlers of different chariots.
Even when it happens especially at night when everyone tends to imbibe as well, older organizers are very quick to handle any troublemakers without the help of policemen who are practically unseen!

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There was still a long day to come and participants were obviously saving some energy!

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Actually most were looking forward to the night when their hand lanterns would be lit!

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Move, move!

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The wheels are actually heavy wood logs that turn slowly and handlers need to push the chariots forward or sideways with long poles while more handlers were pulling the vehicles with heavy ropes!

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All in good humor!

THE FACES!

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All participants have two years to prepare themselves and some @faces@ are really worth photographing!
I actually know the gentleman above who is a truck driver!

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These two are actually senior cadres in the festival!

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Flaming guy!

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Mother and son!

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Always extremely happy to pose, especially with cute foreign ladies!

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The beauties and the beasts?

THE “TEA LADIES/CHA MUSUME”!

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But the Kanaya Tea Festival is known all over Japan for all the ladies of whatever age parading as the “Cha Musume/Tea Ladies”!

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All the members of the so-called “weak gender” are local!

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No age limit!

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Some of them are even carried along!

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No less than a thousand of them!

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See you again in 2018, but at night!

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-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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Niihashi Sengen Shrine (新橋神社) in Gotemba City!

The other day I had the occasion to spend a day in Gotemba City and took the opportunity to visit its main Shinto Shrine, namely Niihashi Sengen Shrine/新橋浅間神社!

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It is a big shrine indeed with the full regalia, including these ancient stone lanterns at the very entrance marked by the first torii gate!

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A long (by Shizuoka standards) stone-paved lane leads to the shrine!

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The second toriii gate!

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The first pair of komainu/lion guards is pretty ancient!

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It has its forepaw settled atop a young lion, a bit unusual although I have found a few such in Shizuoka Prefecture!

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What is unusual is that his companion also has a paw rested atop a younger lion guard!

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I wonder why someone has put a shell on both pedestals?

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The place even has a small pond with sacred carps!

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The roofed hand washing stone basin!

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Complete with a dragon water spout!

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Another small shrine behind the stone basin!

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Quite a few cherry trees were stating blooming inside the shrine grounds!

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The haiden/shrine for the worshipers!

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Usually this type of building is used either as a stage for the shrine festival or as a storeroom for portable shrines!

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The closed-mouth lion guard!

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With its forepaw atop a young lion guard!

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Its open-mouthed companion!

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But with its paw resting upon a sphere!
I’ve already noticed that same lion guards combination at an old shrine in Shizuoka City, but it a bit unusual!

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Another view!

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I actually found these two lions are very new!
The design of their tails is certainly modern!

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More cherry blossoms!

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The water from this sacred source comes directly from nearby Mount Fuji!

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The honden/worshipers’ hall!

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With its shimenawa/rice straw garland!

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The pinion!

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The money-offerings box!

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Moving to the haiden/deity abode behind the honden!

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The haiden with its roofed corridor!

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Regularly repainted!

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Overlooked by ancient cedar trees!

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Made a point to taste the water f the sacred source before leaving! Beautiful water, actually! No wonder people gather to collect a lot of it!

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Good-bye Niihashi sengen Shrine!

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

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Shellfish at Shizuoka Parche Fish Market!

I had been long due for a visit at the Fish Market inside Parche Department Store located at Shizuoka City JR Station!
It seems we are in a season particularly favorable for shellfish!
The variety will drive an expat crazy!
OK, let’s have a look!

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Sudaregai/すだれ貝: Venus clam!

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Tairagi/玉珧 (also called Tairagai/平貝): pen shell!

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Shirobai/白蛽、白海蠃、白海螄: white Japanese ivory shell, white Japanese babylon!

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Tsubugai/螺貝 (or Tsubu/螺): whelk!

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Chigai/稚貝: small Scallops!

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Hotate/帆立: scallop!

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Hokkigai/北寄貝: Sakhalin surf clam (also called Ubagai/姥貝)!

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Honbinosugai/ホンビノスガイ: hard clam, Northern quahog!

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Umi Tsubo/海つぼ: Japanese ivory shell, Japanese Babylon(also called Bai (or Baigai)/ 蛽、海蠃、海螄 )!

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Kotobushi/床臥・常節: small abalone!

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Iso Tsubugai/磯つぶ貝: Small whelk variety Buccinum middendorff Verkruzen, 1882 (also called Ezobai/蝦夷バイ)

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Isomono/いそも: Top-shell (also called Bateira/馬蹄螺)!

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Asari/浅利: Japanese littleneck, Manila clam!

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More Hotate/帆立: scallops!

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And to finish, more Hokkigai/北寄貝: Sakhalin surf clam (also called Ubagai/姥貝)!

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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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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 39): Gotemba City!

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A fire hydrant manhole cover type found in the whole prefecture but with the emblem of Gotemba City!

The other day I had the occasion to visit again again Gotemba City in the Eastern part of Shizuoka Prefecture for the first time in many years and could at last manage to check all the manhole covers in town.
They are quite easy to discover as they all within walking distance for the station north exit!

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This the main manhole cover symbolizing Gotemba City and remiding visitors that once a D 52-type steam locomotive used to stop there!

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The same manhole cover in color (only a few of them!) with Mount Fuji and cherry blossoms!

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This smaller valve cover is fairly new and comes into two different types!

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The second type!
I wonder what the birds are?

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Small white covers with the original design can be found in many places!
Otherwise many other types, both neutral and colored common to the whole Prefecture can be found along your steps!
Good hunting!

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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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Spanish Wine Tasting: Castillo de Enguerra Reserva 2010 Red Organic (conducted at la Sommeliere in Shizuoka City)

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I do love my sake and craft beer but I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to taste a good wine!
Moreover, the fact I’m for Bourgogne, France, does not limit  or hamper whatsoever my scope. A good wine is a good wine! Full stop.
And once again I found myself tasting another an unusual nectar in the company of my good friend, Mrs. Hiromi Hasegawa in her castle, La Sommeliere in Shizuoka City!

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Castillo de Enguera 2010 Red made by Bodegas Enguera in Valencia, Spain!

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Bodegas Enguera was funded in 1999 with two fields in the Valencia area covering a total of 160 ha where grapes are organically grown at over 650 meter altitude:
Tembla Nino, 60%
Monastorere, 25%
Syrah, 15%
This particular wine is a blending of the above grapes matured for 12 months in New French casks (60%) and second-year American oak casks (40%).
Alcohol: 14 degrees

SUITABLE FOR VEGANS!

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Clarity: Opaque and dense but very clean.
Color: Very dark red
Aroma: Dry and fruity. Red fruit, cassis, dry prunes, dry figs, spicy herbs.
Taste: Dry and fruity attack.
Complex: black fruit jam, confiture, black pepper.
Gives the impression of eating red grapes.
Complex to the point of insistingly inviting for another and another sip. Will intrigue you with new facets every time.
Stays long enough in palate for true tasting before departing on notes of spicy black pepper and dry coffee beans.

Overall: Eminently enjoyable red wine. Complex, spicy but gentle on the palate for lack of acidity in spite of basic dryness.
A well-balanced red wine very easy to pair with dishes.
Suggested pairings: blueberry sauce venison, Korean BBQ/yakiniku, simmered pork/buta no kakuni, Chinese cuisine.

Retailed at 2,380 yen for takeout.
Sold at 900 yen per glass or 3,880 yen per bottle to be drunk on site.
Very good value!

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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-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: Suruga Brewery-Tenko Junmai Dai Ginjo Muroka Genshu (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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This time we tasted a nectar brewed by an increasingly popular Suruga Brewery (Shizuoka City) which is already a lot of attention throughout Japan despite its very short history!

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“Tenko/Heavens Rainbow” Junmai (no pure sake alcohol blended in) Daiginjo Muroka (unfiltered) Genshu (no pure water added)!

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Rice: Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 40%
Dryness: + 2
Acidity: 1.2
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Bottled in December 2015

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Clarity: very clear
Color: light gold
Aroma: dry and very fruity.
Pears, banana, custard, chestnuts, young coconuts, green melon
Body: fluid, almost sirupy
Taste: dry and fruity attack backed with puissant junmai petillant.
Complex: custard, cream soda, banana, yogurt.
Always seems to reach the brink of sweetness without reaching it.
Lingers on for a short while before departing on a slightly drier note of custard, oranges and faint almonds.
Will become markedly drier with salty foods.

Overall: Very rich sake if there were such a term!
Both elegant and very satisfying.
Very fruity and sweetish at first but beautifully counterbalanced with swift, but in the right amount, acidity.
Could definitely be used as a superlative dessert wine!
Suggested pairings: Blue cheese!

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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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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Japan Wine Tasting: Yamanashi Prefecture-The Jewels of Kisvin 2012, Viniferia Mix 34 White by Team Kisvin & Château Sakaori (conducted at la Sommeliere in Shizuoka City)

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The other day I had the occasion to taste a very unusual white wine made in Yamanashi Prefecture at La Sommeliere in Shizuoka City with good friend sommelier, Mrs. Hiromi Hasegawa/長谷川浩美さん!

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The Jewels of KIsvin 2012, Viniferia Mix 34 White?
That is going to take some explanations!

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Team Kisvin & Château Sakaori under the name of Kinoshita Commercial Company/木下商仕(株) made this wine in Sakaori City/酒折市 in Yamanashi Prefecture with no less than 34 different grapes harvested locally!

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White
Alcohol: 12 degrees
Year: 2012
Grapes: Check this WEBSITE! Go to the year 2012! Good luck!

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Clarity: very clear
Color: golden
Aroma: assertive, dry, fruity. Muscat, raisins, Sherry wooden cask, white flowers, grapefruit, lychees.
Taste: very dry and fruity attack.
Almost completely unrelated to aroma.
Old-fashioned taste with dominant dry white flowers, dry citruses, ending up on faint notes of figs.
Constant on the palate and slowly fading away.
Stays dry with food while tending to reveal some petillant.
Will turn into some dry cherry sweets and desserts but will show more acidity with salty dishes.
Although it seems to be willing to start on a complex note, will quickly reveal a stolid and uncomplicated character.

Overall: Remarkable wine for its search into new fields, although 34 grapes might shock quite a few connoisseurs!
Ought to be sampled for the sake of knowledge or as an intriguing quizz!
Very rustic in approach.
Would do well with Japanese food in the place of a dry sake such as an uncomplicated honjozo.
Suggested pairings: sashimi, fruits confits.

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

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Kura: Traditional Warehouses in Shizuoka Prefecture 40: Edo Era Village Kura in Nakajima Primary School, Suruga Ku, Shizuoka City!

“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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Yesterday I was cycling in Nakajima District in Suruga Ku, that the part of of Shizuoka City south of Shizuoka JR Station, an area I still have a lot to learn about in spite of my living in Shizuoka City for 40 years!

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Veering into of the straight streets going south I found myself cycling past Nakajima Elementary School.

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That is when I espied a rare site beyond the School Disaster Evacuation sign!

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A small and very old, but splendidly preserved with little or no repairs standing on the grounds of an elementary school!
I had to investigate!

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Simple but stolid enough!

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Thanks to this welcome sign I learned it had been built in Edo Era to serve as a warehouse for Nakajima Village as the area was called then. It served mainly as a warehouse for all important documents concerning the Village.
The Elementary School was built by it only many years later.
Apparently it is the only one of its kind in Shizuoka City!

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It was wholly built with uncut or cut stones!

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It was also located so as toe let the prevailing winds provide needed draft through the two windows opened at each extremity!

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I should come back to take a picture of it with cherry tree in blooms!

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Do you notice the opening at its base?

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This is to make sure that any water accumulated between the high foundation and the kura can be expelled quickly and to insure the same area stays dry!

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With the modern elementary school buildings in the background!

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The roofing is in good repair!

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The pinion with “水/mizu/water” carved in!

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Tiled roof details!

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How old are the wooden eaves?

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How many schoolchildren has this window seen walk past under it?

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The door, although repainted, seems original enough!

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Only one of the alignment “pegs” was missing!

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it was too late in the day to talk with the staff, but I certainly intend to interview the schoolmaster someday!

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ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
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Quaint Okina Inari Daimyoujin Shrine (翁稲荷大明神) in Suruga Ku, Shizuoka City

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If you take the first street right of Shizuoka JR Station that runs past the Post Office and under the railway tracks you will enter the south side of Shizuoka City, that is Suruga Ku. keep walking straight ahead and 5 minutes later you will find these red pennants along the left hand side of the pavement!

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For all their garish grandiloquence they only announce the presence of a small Shinto Shrine called Okina Inari Daimyoujin Shrine (翁稲荷大明神). The reason I decided to have a look at it is that my good friend, Atsuko Kurata who is always on the lookout for unusual sites signaled to me through Facebook!

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The red torii/鳥居/Shrine Entrance Portal!

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An unusual way to advertise a Shinto Shrine the way they used to do for private shops in Japan of yore!

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All kinds of invitations written on the paper flying in the wind!

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Inari Shinto Shrines are always guarded by foxes. Herds of them in this particular case!

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On both sides!
Note the metal braziers used as supports for the votive messages!

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I wouldn’t criticize you for taking this shrine for a local shop!

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The roof pinion could be used either in a Buddhist Temple or a Shinto Shrine!

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Now, this antique komainu/狛犬/lion guard came from under the roof of another shrine or temple!

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A real bric a brac on the west hand side of the shrine!

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Now, this is an exceedingly unusual stone hand washing basin!

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Why all these traditional Japanese water tubs?

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A tiny inari shrine!

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The prayer bell and its rope and the money-offerings box!

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It looks like an antique than anything else!

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Actually the lady owning and looking after the whole place kindly let me take pictures of the inside!

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All kinds of offerings from neighboring followers among a jumble that still looks like an antique dealer’s dream!
Actually traditional Japanese dancing plays are also held inside!

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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!
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-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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Gastronomic Destinations: Yokohama City-SAIKOH Shinkan Chinese Restaurant

Service: pro and very kind
Equipment & Facilities: Very clean overall. Superb washroom
Prices: Reasonable~slightly expensive
Strong points: Traditional Imperial Chinese Cuisine. Great Dim Sum

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SAIKOH Shinkan is The main establishment of a group accounting for 3 restaurants in Yokohama City.
SAIKOH Shinkan (SAIKOH New Building) is comparatively of a higher class among the innumerable Chinese restaurants found in China Town < Yokohama City. The prices are nit high though, and the cuisine deserves its fame!

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It is big, new, spacious and very clean.
The staff is more agreeable than in most other Chinese restaurants but bear in mind it closes comparatively early in the evening.
We went there again for a quick dinner barely in time before last orders but the staff did their best to accommodate us within the limited time.

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Their dim sum are definitely a must such as the steamed shrimp dim sum above!

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Great pork dumplings soup!

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Elegant fried gyoza!

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Juicy pork dumplings!

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Exquisite steamed shrimp crepes!

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Superb crab and tofu soup!

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And steamed daikon rice cakes to finish!

Definitely recommended!

SAIKOH Shinkan

Yokohama City, Naka Ku, Yamashita Machi, 192, China Town Shanghai Street
Tel.: 045-664-3155
Opening hours: 11:30~21:30 (LO 20:45), open from 11:00 on week ends and National Holidays
Closed on 2nd Tuesday (except on National Holidays and August~December)
HOMEPAGE

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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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Gastronomic Destinations: Yokohama City-Bairan Shinkan Chinese Restaurant

Service: Kind and attentive
Equipment & facilities: Ancient but very clean. Clean washroom.!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Traditional Hong Kong-Chinese gastronomy

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Bairan Shinkan/梅蘭新館, more precisely Bairan Shinkan Yakisoba is located in one of those side streets of China Town in Yokohama City.
It has 15 other “branches” Kanagawa Prefecture, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Okayama, but this is the “Annex/Bekkan” of the original place.

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The best time for a beginner to visit this place is definitely lunch time where you can benefit from very reasonable lunch sets which will give you a good idea of their cuisine!

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My lunch set!

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Seen form the other side!

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Negi soba/Leek noodles soup!

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Buta Kakuni Ankake Gohan/Simered pork with rice and vegetables in sweet and sour sauce!

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Harumaki/Deep-fried Imperial rolls!

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The Dragon’s lunch featured the fried noodles, the trademark which made bairan Restaurant Company famous all over Japan!

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Wantan Soup!

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Pirikara ebi: prawns in piquant tomato sauce!

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The Bairan-style yakisoba/fried noodles!

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The noodles are first fried in the classical style, then left to cook to a crispy surface over tender noodles!
A treat!

BAIRAN SHINKAN

231-0023 Yokohama City, Naka Ku, Yamashita Machi, 138 (Yokohama China Town)
Tel.: 045-211-0943
Opening hours: 11;30~22:00
Credit cards OK
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

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

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Fudou No Taki Waterfalls in Kawane Hon Cho, Shimada City!

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The other day, in a frigid morning my good friend Mr. Osamu Kurosawa, 黒澤脩さん, A true historian of Shizuoka prefecture took to another site of note in the back country of Shimada City, more precisely to a Waterfalls called “Fudou no Taki/不動の滝” located in a natural park called “Fudo No Taki Waterfalls Natural Park Auto Camp/不動の滝自然広場オートキャンプ場”!
As it was winter, we were interfering with anybody!

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This very camp is in the center of a natural park forest where many bird watchers gather all year round!

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The park is well-equipped and even has a washroom for wheel chair users!

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The City of Shimada looks after the site and is very strict about its cleanliness and safety!

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They are particularly touchy about bush fires!

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The entrance to the way leading to the waterfalls!

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The lane is following a stream among the rocks. In summer it could easily become a torrent!

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On the way there is sight typical of noted waterfalls in Japan. Can you guess?

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Okay, you might not be able to read the Japanese!
It the location of a small Shinto Shrine!

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“Fudou Shinto Shrine”!

Clap your hands twice to wake up the sleepy deity!

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Going back to the mountain trail through the torii/shinto shrine sacred portal!

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Good exercise after the revelries of the night before!

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Stopping on the way for a look at the stream!

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Still in winter as shown by the ice!

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C’mon, guys!

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Icicles!

It was still a few degrees below zero, but this a great place to cool down in Shimada stifling summers!

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The last bridge before the waterfalls!

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Looking back down the stream!

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The Fudou Waterfalls!

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There is not so much water running down in winter, but it can become a wet experience in summer!

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Great possibilities for photographers!

Fudo No Taki Waterfalls Natural Park Auto Camp
428-0304 Shizuoka Prefecture, Shimada City, Kawane Hon Cho, Shimoizumi, 1122
Tel: 0547-56-1600

不動の滝自然広場オートキャンプ場
住所: 〒428-0304 静岡県榛原郡 川根本町下泉 1122
電話:0547-56-1600

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Kura: Traditional Japanese Warehouses in Shizuoka Prefecture 39: Katsuyama Family Home in Kawane Cho, Shimada City!

“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 my good friend Mr. Osamu Kurosawa/黒澤脩さん, a respected historian in our Prefecture took me to a house hidden in Kawane-Cho, not far from Ieyama, in Shimada City, to show me a splendid kura!

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Actually, the kura is only one building inside a vast property owned by the same family for hundred of years.
You must remember that in Edo Era, Shimada City was one of the most important cities in the whole Central Japan because it was a border City by the Ooi River controlling all traffic between Edo/Tokyo and Osaka!

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the name of the family owning the vast property is Katsuyama/勝山!

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Any rich landowner or person of great importance lived in a large house with servants quarters and a kura to store and protect rice and valuables in particular against fires and natural disasters!
The lady we met inside the house first kindly agree to let me take photographs of the warehouse under the gentle request of my friend, Osamu!

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Actually the kura has just been restored by its owner as you can see with the perfectly working windows!

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It actually took him more than a year to complete the job!

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The “pegs” are still properly aligned, meaning that the walls haven’t been affected by the depredations of time!

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The whole property ought to be used as a locale for historical movies or TV programs!

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Actually it should designated as a cultural asset and it should be the government’s task and duty to look after it!

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The pegs and metal links with the upper roof are still in great repair, meaning the uper roof is stable!

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This is the first time I see such a big “oni gara/goblin pinion tile”! That only should become a cultural asset!

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A closer view at the upstairs window!

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The roofing must be hard to maintain in good repair!

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A “rear” view!

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The other “oni gara”!

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The door and lock dating back from the Edo period!

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Heavy door panels had to be pulled in to close the door!

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Taken back to another era!

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I marveled at how it can have been preserved!

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The ancient “namako” design also is a good enough reason to designate it as a cultural asset as very recently even the Government was heard moaning about their disappearance! In fact, it is the first time I saw a pillar decorated in “namako” design!

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Actually the lower roof angle had to be propped up!

It is about time that the Government made a move!

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