After 3 years in the making Cenova Department Store has been finished and went through a pre-opening gala today.
Formerly known as Shin Shizuoka Center, the crumbling store has been completely rebuilt into a brand new venture reminiscing better store in bigger cities.
I was curious about what local food they would offer and decided to investigate today since I had obtained an invitation, a rigmarole necessary for the day!
At least the entrance was grand enough and all the ceilings very high. No complain there!
I immediately went down to the basement solely dedicated to food and drinks. It certainly was as big as the other department stores in town and was divided into Shizutetsu Store, the building owning company’s own store and tenants.
I checked the tenants first!
Shizuoka Green Tea! Shizuoka Prefecture produces 45~50% of the total Japanese crops!
Cana, a great chiffon cake specialist from Yaizu City!
Korokuya Co. Is also a tenant at Shizuoka JR Station Parche Department Store.
Shizuoka-grown shiitake mushrooms!
Fresh wasabi roots from Izu Peninsuloa!
Shizuoka-grown “Akagara” satoimo/taro!
Shizuoka-bred Suku Suku Chicken!
Fish and seafood from Shizuoka Prefecture. The same company are also tenants in Parche!
Isaki/Chicken Grunt sashimi from Suruga Bay!
That was about as far as the tenants were concerned. Actually it was more than I expected.
I then moved to the Shizutetsu Store space.
Crown Melons from Fukuroi City!
All these vegetables come from Shizuoka Prefecture producers on contact with Shizutetsu Store!
The farm’s name and owner picture are all featured at this special stand. How about that for traceability!
Shizuoka Prefecture is also celebrated for its succulent mandarine oranges!
Not many people know that grapes were first grown in Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan!
The mushrooms grown by Mr. Hasegawa in Fuji City are famous beyond our Prefecture!
Shizuoka-grown Celebes Satoimo/taro!
Fish and seafood from 5 different fishing harbors in Shizuoka Prefecture!
Beautiful fish in the company of a whole wasabi, toot, stems and leaves. You won’t see that outside our Prefecture!
Shirasu/sardine whiting from Mochimune and Sakura ebi/cherry shrimps from Yui!
Katusobushi/Dry bonito shavings from Yaizu City!
Shizuoka Aka Buta/Red Pork!
Nakata San Chi No Aijyou Buta/Nakata’s Love Pork!
Bioran Eggs by Mr. Shimizu in Shizuoka City are famous in Tokyo!
Now that’s nice surprise! Bayern Meister Beer Microbrewery Beer from Fujinomiya City!
Another boon! Tenjingura Microbrewery Beer from Hamamatsu City!
Plenty of sake from Shizuoka Prefecture!
A sake brand devised for the opening of Cenova by Hana no Mai Brewery in Hamamatsu City!
And more mandarine oranges!
All in all, I must admit I found more than I expected!
Next time I will investigate in more detail!
To be continued…
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