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Oden at Yasaitei in Shizuoka City!

Service: Excellent and very friendly
Facilities: Very clean, Beautiful washroom
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: Vegan and vegetarian Cuisine possible any time, Izakaya gastronomy, local products, oden. Good list of sake, shochu. Wines also available.

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Yesterday evening the temperature suddenly dipped and I was hungry as I still had work to do before finally heading for home.
It was then about grand time i visited a favorite izakaya of mine, namely Yasaitei in Shizuoka City!
This is the kind of place you can enter any time provided it is not full (and it can be at certain times and on the week end!), have a quick snack, a drink, a little talk and move out!
When you know that all the food is healthy and satisfying you need not worry about your health or weight!

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I had come early enough as I know some delicious oden were ready at this cold time of the year.
Yasaitei’s oden are particular for the fact that they are Kansai-style, that is cooked in a light broth, as opposed to the very dark soup prevalent in this city. Although both are delicious, the former is far healthier!

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But before my oden were prepared I had ordered a glass of fine shochu from Amami Island in Kyushu and sipped it on the rocks with my o-toshi (snack coming with the first drink): seaweed, grated Japanese yam and shirasu/sardine whiting!

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My oden plate served in traditional pottery dish with plenty of broth and chopped scallion and some yuzukoshio/yuzu and pepper seasoning!

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Chikuwa/fish paste tube, ganmodoki/deep-fried soft tofu, ito konnyaku/Hard jelly filaments made with the tuber of a konjac.

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And daikon under the chikuwa, simmered to a great softness and very elegant taste!
“Oden” can be translated with the French word “Japanese Pot-au-feu!”
I wish I could cook it for my friends back home in France!

YASAITEI/やさい亭

Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tokiwa-Cho, 1-6-2 Green Heights Wamon 1-C
Tel.: 054-2543277
Business hours: 17:30~22:00
Closed on Sundays
Reservations highly recommended
Seating: 6 at counter + 14 at tables
Set Courses: 3,000, 4,000, 5,000 yen
Individual orders (carte) welcome
Parties welcome

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Gastronomic Destinations: Kanazawa City 4: Miyuki Honten Izakaya!

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Service: Very friendly, informative and always ready for a great chat!
Equipment and facilities: Very clean overall. Excellent washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Local gastronomy. Oden. Great sake and drinks list. Great use of local products. Long history and faithful local clientele.

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Miyuki Honten is a true Kanazawa City izakaya with a small entrance easy to miss!
The reason is simple enough: like many such establishments in this cold part of Japan, it is all in length with a narrow entrance to keep the cold out!

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Even at 17:00 it is a busy place and you had better reserve in advance, not like us who were very lucky to find once again the best seats at the counter because we entered very early!

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They certainly need a many staff with so much on the menus!
We were told they use 14 part-timers in shifts of threes to be added to the husband, wife and son team (and probably a hidden cook or two!)!

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like all good izakayas you will have a good idea of the gastronomy served with all the appetizers lined up in front of the counter!
Mind you you can take a seat at a table or away from the crowd on a tatami!
But again like in any good izakayas conversation with the owners can be so great fun!

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have a good look at the exhibited food before delving into the menu!

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And you must try the local oden, an unending conversation topic!
The place was opened 46 years ago. The original owner is still alive and at 87 decided to open his own little karaoke bar for his personal fun and leave everything to the very capable second generation!

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As for the many sake don’t hesitate to consult the owners or staff if you are tourists like us!

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lightly cooked local na no hana/rape flowers as the appetizer with the first drink!
Already a good sign of the above-average quality!

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Simmered cuttle fish!
They do serve excellent sashimi, but as a non Japanese their cooked seafood should be a delight if you are not keen on anything raw!

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Great oden!
A local discovery: they serve shumai in oden in Kanazawa City!

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Now, we parctically heard all the customers order the above steamed grated lotus root ball!
Delicious and very local in concept!

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Home-made potato and vegetables salad!
Perfect with beer or sake!

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One my favorites!
Cod milt tempura, another specialty of the house!

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Home-made specialty that everyone ordered too: white satsuma age/deep-fried fish paste! A must!

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Beef suji/tendons and tofu nikomi/stew!

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Nanban-style deep-fried chicken!

Pity there was a limit on our stomachs and that we had to go home the next day!
I plan to come back to Kanazawa City again and Miyuki Honten is first on my list!
One of the very best izakayas in all Japan!

MIYUKI HONTEN
920-0981 Kanazawa City, Kata machi, 1-10-3 金沢市片町1丁目10-3
Tel.: 076-222-6117
Opening hours: 17:00~23:00
Closed on Sundays and national Holidays
Cash only
Reservations recommended!

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Oden & Odenya in Shizuoka City: A Secret & Sacred Way of Life!

Aoba Oden Machi/Aoba Park Oden Alley/Town

Having spent 36 years eating and drinking my way through Shizuoka City, I suddenly felt last summer in need of a “kakureya/隠れ屋”, that is, a secret place or lair where I could go any time of the day (and late afternoon) without worrying about making encounters of the unwanted kind while indulging with a drink and a bite.

A typical dark broth Shizuoka oden!

Bars or restaurants just wouldn’t fit the bill (in many ways!). Too many people, too many ears, too many known and unknown….
What I needed was a small and cozy place patronized by similar-minded customers.
Quite difficult in Shizuoka, or anywhere else in Japan… a country where secrets can’t be kept safe later than the next morning….

Aoba Oden Machi/Aoba Park Oden Alley/Town before opening time in mid-afternoon.

Oden are comfort food that you can find in any city in Japan, but Shizuoka boasts the largest number of oden shops, restaurants serving them on a regular basis in the whole country. It has been consumed and served there since Edo Times (1600~) and it regularly appears on TV shows, magazines and the like in spite of its humble origins. In English it is sometimes translated as “Japanese hot pot”.
Oden in the rest of Japan are usually served at outdoors food stands or in izakayas.
Although you can find oden in no less than 300 officially recognized izakaya and waterholes in Shizuoka City, our town has a particularity nowhere else found in Japan: Oen Yokocho/おでん横丁/Oden Alleys!

Aoba Oden Machi/Aoba Park Oden Alley/Town in the early evening.

There are only two in town (there are other alleys called “yokocho” but the establishments are more varied including izakayas, yakitori and so on) but they are known all over the country to the point that it is quite usual to meet customers coming as far as Tokyo on week-ends, or on Monday and Friday nights after business meetings and visits!

Aoba Oden Machi/Aoba Park Oden Alley/Town has a history of its own.
The oden food stands were ercted outdoors in Aoba Koen/Aoba Park Street in Aoi Ku until early 1960. And there were many of them!
But in early 1960 the city hygiene laws were changed and all the food stands were ordered to vacate the area.
Some moved to form the Yokocho on the other side of the crossroads with Showa Sttreet. This particular saw a half being renovated this year. Although the food and the atmosphere is the same inside the shops (see pictures later in this article), only half of it has preserved its unique cachet although that might might disappear in the near future. And out of 18, two are more izakayas than odenya.

On the other hand, 21 food stands owners moved to Aoba Oden Machi/Aoba Park Oden Alley/Town.
At that time they were not using gas to heat the oden but charcoal or sumi/墨 in Japanese.
The sumiya/墨屋 who was selling them his charcoal proposed them to move to his property which he transformed into an alley housing 21 (the 22nd is used as a storeroom) small shops and washroom facilities.
Each shop sits between 6 and 9 customers depending on the configuration,
Although the whole place has turned into a real time slip there is little danger of seeing it modernized soon thanks to its national fame!
And the interesting thing is that they all take their holiday on the same day, namely Wednesday!

All of them have a large noren/暖簾/entrance curtain in front of the glass-paned sliding door upper halves to preserve the privacy of the customers inside
Although all shops will serve oden, some will serve only oden while others will also serve “home-made” food by the owners who could be owned a single (in number!) lady, a single gentleman, two ladies or two gentlemen or a couple!
Usually when an owner retires the place is immediately taken over by a former customer or younger person in search of a small establishment!
I prefer the kind that serves true oden with a little extra home-made food for better balance and a little personal touch.
Oden only can become pretty heavy on the system, especially with all the drinks.
Actually the food served in any odenya is a clear indication of the owner and customers’ characters!

The modernized entrance to the “crossroads yokocho”.

Now, how did I choose “my” odenya (once you have chosen one, there is little point in visiting another one in the same alley for many reasons) among the 21 available in Aoba Oden Machi/Aoba Park Oden Alley/Town?
Well, I mentioned that I wanted oden and a little more, which already took care of half of them. I also preferred one held by a single lady (not for the reasons you might think of!) and my “kind of customers”. Moreover, although I would go there by myself, there would be times when I would take somebody else with me (again not for the reasons you might think of!).

For a closer view of the modernized entrance to the “crossroads yokocho” in daytime.

As I said, there are only 21 of them but I still walked slowly around the whole place three times before venturing inside one!
The clinching reason why I chose that particular odenya (whose name I will not tell you!) was that the customers were half ladies, half gentlemen, a sure sign of the balance I was looking for.
A male-only clientele can be very boring whereas that of a different gender can be too noisy and nosey (nice pun, wasn’t it?!

An odenya early in late afternoon inside the renovated part of the “crossroads yokocho”

I was actually quite lucky in my choice as it is not always the case that ladies came in equal numbers.
I found out quickly enough that the great majority of the customers were regulars, ladies and gentlemen alike, but also that they were of very similar mind in spite of their vastly different fields and occupations.
They (the “mama san” included) all shared a love for good intelligent talk (craic-loving Irish would love the place!), good homey food, and better drinks, be they sake, shochu, beer and even wine (yes, you read true!).

The traditional entrance of the “crossroads yokocho”

Regulars include two fluent English speaking ladies (did I tell you not to ask nonsensical questions? LOL), a long course fisherman, a company boss, a famous restaurant owner, company executives, city and prefecture officials, a few “mama san”, an architect, a media man, a media lady, salesmen and salesladies, a foreigner (who, you may ask?) and so and so on.
I can assure that on some days the conversations can be really lively!

A nation-famous odenya at the traditional entrance of the “crossroads yokocho” (not my cup of tea, though)

It is a little microcosm of the better side of the Japanese society. In one of the safest cities of an exceptionally safe country, no one worries to swallow one too many drinks. One leaves his/her bag on her stool when going to the washroom. Everyone sits elbow to elbow, shoulder to shoulder without undue discomfort. One can share some very useful information thanks to the variety of the customers who would not do so in other establishments.

The renovated inside half of the “crossroads yokocho”

Another reason why everyone feels comfortable is because the “Mama san” is the rare one to refuse all interviews from magazines or TV’s in spite of insistent requests! Almost all the other establishments have appeared in some magazines, TV shows or on the Internet. This is another reason why I will not reveal any names.
Mind you, if you are a good friend who understands “the rules” I’ll be only too happy to take you there!

The traditional inside half of the “crossroads yokocho”

Another aspect of this particular secret and sacred (nothing to do with religion!) odenya is that most customers, e,g, the “regulars or jorem/常連” as they say in Japanese, are active and busy people who do move a lot in the prefecture, country and even abroad. We must be an exception, but I’m sure you will find your own crowd! Some of us regularly come with all kinds of “miyage/土産”, mostly food and drinks, and share them with the Mama san (who does the same more than often) and other customers. That may include sushi, sake, shochu, dry food, even fish sashimi!
I personally bring all kinds of sake I report on! I usually pay only an “agreed token” of 500 yen every time I come, although the Mama san refused any money at first due to all the sake I was bringing her (she drinks a lot of it and I insisted that she asked her own money for it when she served it to “non-regulars”!)! The company boss regularly brings wine for all to drink!

Now, I belatedly realized that I’m patronizing that particular odenya a bit too often…
But I already have decided which other one to patronize inside the “Crossroads Yokocho” at a convenient distance from the Aoba Oden Machi/Aoba Park Oden Alley/Town!
Don’t expect me to reveal its name, either!

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Japanese Gastronomy: Oden at Ogawa in Shizuoka City!

Service: friendly and easy-going
Equipment & Facilities: old-fashioned but clean
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: 4uthentic traditional Shizuoka Odenya. Oden of course and bentos.

Shizuoka is famous for many products and its gastronomy, but there is one particular specialty that most Japanese have heard about, namely Shizuoka-Style oden!

If you decide to visit the imposing Sengen Shrine, you will find Ogawa Oden “Restaurant” halfway between the giant red torii/shrine gate and the Sengen Shrine entrance on the right side of the street.
There you will find authentic oden cooked/prepared in Shizuoka style!

You can’t miss the noren/entrance curtain!

You might be tempted by the Shizuoka local oranges on sale outside!

Or you could purchase a large boiled egg to accompany your bento!

If you are tempted by the oden, check the delicious and traditional home-made bentos!

Ogawa Odenya, for all its seemingly quiet atmosphere is known all over Japan and many a celebrity has left his/her signature!

The shop is no less than 60 years old, probably the oldest oden-specialized shop which has not changed address!

True Shizuoka-style oden cooked in dark stock where you can choose tidbits with colors varying from dark to very dark. They say that the darkest oden are found in Shizuoka!
The lady-in-charge will help you with the first serving and you will take care of yourself from the second service.
When you have finished the sticks will be counted to determine the total price. keep in mind to tell how many eggs you ate as they are pierced with two sticks to avoid paying twice!

This was our first order!
You can choose from fish paste, egg, potatoes, konyaku, beef tendons, daikon, tofu and what else!
Make sure to choose your favorite color!

The Missus ordered an egg, konyaku and two kinds of fish paste!

I ordered a potato, an egg, daikon and fish paste balls!

Shizuoka oden are served with aonori/mixture of dry seaweed and dashi stock powder and Japanese strong mustard!
I doubt you will find aonori outside Shizuoka Prefecture!

Our second order!
We were hungry at lunch time!
Incidentally alcoholic drinks are also available!

The Missus ordered suji/beef tendons, ito konyaku/konyaku vermicelli and fish paste!

i ordered tofu and two fish paste, the bottom including gobo/burdock root!

I very much doubt you will find tofu cooked to that dark color anywhere else in Japan!

OGAWA
420-0867 Shizuoka City, Aoi ku, Baban Cho, 38 (along the Sengen Shrine Street)
Tel.: 054-252-2548
Fax: 054-252-2549
Opening hours: 10:00~18:30
Closed on Wednesdays
Sets of 30 and 40 oden with 2 different stock soups can ordered from all over Japan!

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Shizuoka Oden Fair 2012! Sunday 12th!

Men at work!

Sunday 12th saw a bright day with big crowds in Shizuoka City and it was quite a feat to take pictures in that bustle!

Sakura ebi/Cherry shrimps Yakisoba!

This time I started with the side streets of Koya Machi, Gofuku Cho and Shichiken Cho before a last round in Aoba Square and Aoba Koen/Park!

Famous croquettes from Mishima City!

The oden stand of the most famous kamaboko/steamed fish paste shop in Shizuoka City!

The oden stand of Tokaiken, the largest bento shop in town!

Yuujin Izakaya Oden!

Lunch time for many families in Gofuku Cho!

A popular tebasaki/手羽先/Chicken wings stand!

Comfort food for the cold weather!

Shizuoka Young Meat producers Association oden stand!

Oden stand of Ogawa, one of the most famous oden restaurant in town!

Mirukusanbu Izakaya oden stand!

More families gathering for lunch in Shichiken Cho near the Isetan Department Store!

Akai Izakaya oden stand!

Setsuko Oden Izakaya oden stand!

The city had provided plenty of trash bins and kept cleaning up the place at all times!

Back in Aoba Koen the street was even more crowded!

Plenty of wardens to take care of the crossing traffic!

It was just impossible to take pictures inside Aoba Square behind the Shizuoka City Hall!

Some serious drinking even at lunch time!

Any place would do for eating (and drinking!)!

Even plenty of beef (and beer!) was available!

The Shizuoka specialty: Sakura Ebi Kakiage/Cherry Shrimps Tempura!

See you again there next year!

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Shizuoka Oden Fair 2012! Saturday 11th!

Pho soup oden by Annam Vietnamese Restaurant!

I managed to find some time today to make a quick tour of Aoba Koen in daytime and take the pulse of the Shizuoka Oden Fair 2012 on its second day!

It being a sunny Saturday and National Holiday the place was crowded in spite of the cold!

Families busy eating and drinking!

Anything’s good to attract the customers’ attention!

Oden from Otaru in Hokkaido Prefecture!

Getting ready for a long day’s work!

A popular oden stand!

Kamaboko/Steamed fish paste from Yui!

Korean oden and brochettes!

My favorite oden stand: Sabou Yamako/茶房山幸!

Oden from Yaizu City!

Shizuoka Gourmet Ekinan Sakaba!

Fujinomiya Yakisoba!

A tent crowded with revelers!

Another favorite of mine: Annam Restaurant Vietnamese oden stand!

Vietnamese oden!

Pho soup oden by Annam Vietnamese Restaurant!
Hot and piquant, perfect in that cold weather!

I’ll have a look at the side streets tomorrow!

The event is held in five different locales from the 1oth to the 12th of February in Shizuoka City:
-Aoi Square/青スクエアAoba Park/青葉公園・青葉シンボルロード
Time: 11:00~20:00

-Gofuku Cho Doori/呉服町通り/Shichiken-cho Doori/七間町通り and Koya Machi/紺屋町
Time: 11:00~17:00

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-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
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Shizuoka Oden Fair 2012! Friday 10th!

Yamako Oden Stand/山幸!

Yesterday, the first day of the 2012 version of Shizuoka Oden Fair was freezing!
But it was still better than last year when we were beset with rain!

I reached Aoba Park just before dark at about 17:15.

The event billboard!

Although it would be very busy on Saturday and Sunday, it was still quiet as office workers had not left their jobs yet and it was simply freezing under the gutsy wind!

But the hardy people manning the stands kept themselves warm until the night got really busy!

Oden from Himeji in Okayama Prefecture!

Oden from Odawara in Kanagawa Prefecture!

Vietnamese oden!

Korean oden!

My favorite oden stand, Yamako Oden Stand/山幸!

They serve all kinds of titbits apart of oden, notably sausages, meat balls and tororojiru!

The oden!

The miso sauce!

My oden!
The true Japanese comfort food!

Shizuoka Sake served hot at another stand!

Not oden but sakura ebi/Cherry Shrimps from Yui!

As it got darker more people started coming!

No they didn’t serve oden or tomatoes at “Tomato House” but brochettes/yakitori!

I should be able to take better pictures this weekend during the day!
Stay tuned!

The event is held in five different locales from the 1oth to the 12th of February in Shizuoka City:
-Aoi Square/青スクエアAoba Park/青葉公園・青葉シンボルロード
Time: 11:00~20:00

-Gofuku Cho Doori/呉服町通り/Shichiken-cho Doori/七間町通り and Koya Machi/紺屋町
Time: 11:00~17:00

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