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French Bistro Gastronomy: Boudin Blanc at Caravin in Shizuoka City!

Service: very friendly if a bit shy.
Facilities and equipment: overall very clean. Beautiful washroom.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Authentic French and European bistro gastronomy. Slow food. Excellent and reasonable
wine list.

I told you no longer ago I would have to visit Caravin in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City not before long!
Well, the other day I just couldn’t keep that Boudin Blanc out of my head and had to sample it again before I got mad!

Boudin Blanc is a delicacy dating back to the Middle Ages and is nowadays made with white meat ( as opposed to Boudin noir/Blood sausage) with pork or veal fat added.

It can be served in many ways. Chef Onoda’s preferred method is pan frying his home-made boudin blanc and serving it with the vegetables of the day.

You have to come to Japan to find Boudin Blanc presented as an artistic montage!

The Boudin Blanc is fried in light fond de veau/veal stock, jus de volaille/chicken broth and Dijon mustard and mounted on Shizuoka-grown organic Red Moon potatoes!

Enormous fresh shiitake mushrooms are also used for the support while a green touch is added with a long shishito green pepper!

Such a fine texture!
Did I say they were sublime?

True French bistro gastronomy in Japan!

And this is not the only place!

CARAVIN
Shizuoka City, Takajo, 2-25-17
Tel.: 054-246-3539
Opening hours: 16:00~24:00
Closed on Mondays
Cards OK

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Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

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Japanese Izakaya: Odakkui in Shizuoka City!

Service: Very friendly, smiling and attentive in an easy-going manner
Facilities & equipment: Very clean overall. Superb washroom (mouthwash provided!)
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: True izakaya gastronomy of a higher level. Local products extensively used. Great list of sake, shochu. Wine available. Private rooms possible.

Odakkui had been a solid institution when the owner decided to renew the whole place when the building housing them was to be rebuilt.
It has now become just a superb establishment which must be one of the best three izakayas in the whole Prefecture without a doubt!

Chief Manager and Chef Nobuhiro Sugiyama/杉山信廣 at work.

The restaurant is now divided into three distinct rooms to satisfy all customers’ priorities and preferences.
-The main restaurant (called “Omote/おもて/Front”) with a large window overlooking the main street, a counter in front of the kitchen and a large tatami area with dug-in seating.
-A cozy bar-style room (called “Ura/うら/Back”) seating only 5 customers (prices are the same in every room) away from the main room where fried food is prepared. The two rooms communicate through a long corridor bridging the access stairs.
-If you wish for even more privacy three rooms are located behind the small bar. The same rooms can have their partitions taken away for a single private room party.

Don’t worry! There are drinks for every taste including soft ones!

Including plenty of wine!

Plenty of tempting cold foods in wait for you!

For our first visit of newly reformed izakaya the Missus and I opted for the quiet “Ura/Back” bar-style room.
It is just impossible to sample everything in a single visit so we concentrated our order away from fried food we will sample in the “Omote/Front” room next time.

But first the drinks!
While the Missus was sipping her red wine by the glass I started with a cup of Shizuoka sake concocted by Kokko Brewery in Fukuroi City called “Den Ichirou/傳一郎/the professional name of its master Brewer!

One will understand at once the level of an izakaya, whatever the prices (comparatively reasonable in Odakkui considering the quality), when you look at the o-tooshi/お通し/first snack served with first drink: Odakkui’s is not only generous, but absolutely yummy and artfully served on a beautiful Japanese paper napkin!

We always order a plate of seasonal sashimi, another clear indication of the level of any izakaya.
Odakkui’s is just superb! How much would you pay for that in Tokyo? LOL

Beautiful Red Cuttlefish/Aka Ika/赤烏賊! Perfect , almost crispy, bite!

Lean tuna/maguro akami/鮪赤身 that melts inside your mouth. Served with freshly grated Shizuoka wasabi root!

Sole/Hirame/平目 served with its engawa/縁側/Fringe flesh which is usually discarded in Western Cuisine but which is a delicacy here in Japan. No need to say it must absolutely fresh!

A little “service” that you will not be offered for free outside our Prefecture: Home-marinated wasabi stems!
A must-try!

The Missus was keeping to her red wine but it was time for another cup of sake (I was actually offered a “service” cup from another Prefecture in between… the joys of my work!): two different bottles of Toyo Bijin/東洋美人/Beauty of the East from Fukui Prefecture.
Now, which bottle did I choose?
The red label one, naturally!

We couldn’t resist one of the comfort food on display in front of us: grilled bacon and potato salad!

Plenty of fresh vegetables in a well-balanced salad!

Now, another Japanese specialty you will find in any good izakaya, kushiyakiya and yakitoriya: niwatori nankotsu karaage/鶏軟骨唐揚げ/deep-fried chicken cartilages!

Crispy, cracking and so yummy!
needless to say that the chicken must be absolutely fresh!

We had spent a long day walking outside and we were hungry.
No better comfort food than hot (in both senses) mabodofu!

Now, if you a rice fan, you must try Odakkui’s ishi yaki chahan/石焼きチャハン/earthenware fried rice!

A truly Japanese fried rice topped with dried seaweed. A whole meal in itself!

A little detail I always appreciate in a good izakaya: delicious sorbet to refresh yourself!

To be continued… I told you I will have to come up with a report on the Omote/Front room!

ODAKKUI
420-0024 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tokiwa Cho, 1-8-1, Aoba Yokocho, 2F
Tel./fax: 054-253-6900
Opening hours: 17:00~24:00
Closed on Mondays
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Private parties welcome!
Credit cards OK

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Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

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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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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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French Bistro Gastronomy: Caravin Restaurant in Shizuoka City!

Service: very friendly if a bit shy.
Facilities and equipment: overall very clean. Beautiful washroom.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Authentic French and European bistro gastronomy. Slow food. Excellent and reasonable
wine list.

In Shizuoka we are extremely lucky as we can savor taste European food of any gastronomic level at comparatively reasonable prices, be it a high-class restaurant or a simple bistro. The choice is just mind-blogging when you consider this is only a medium-sized city in Japan!

Caravin is an unpretentious but very busy French bistro that serves food the slow way under Chef Masahiro Onoda/小野田正浩 who takes the pride in using Shizuoka Prefecture whenever feasible, which means most of the time!

When it comes to choose your order it is quite easy as it is written everywhere on the menu, the wall and even on a mirror!

You can either sit at the counter (my own preference!) or at one of the table and banquette (French style sofa) under all kinds of posters and decorations.

Their wine list is worth exploring and it is very reasonable!
I couldn’t help start with a white Muscadet Sevre et Maine sur Lie, a very popular one in Japan, actually!

I do plan to visit and write about the place but this first article should give you a good idea of what to expect!
First, Lyon-style salad with greens, bacon, terrine, chicken gizzards, croutons,…

… a beautiful poached egg!

The fine quiche Lorraine is exquisite and so light! A must for the ladies!

Caravin is a rare establishment which offers fried potatoes the Belgium way, the original and only way (don’t tell me anything about “French fries”!)!

Served with mustard and ground chili pepper!

And it was time for the second bottle for my friends and I with a very solid and fruity Cotes du Rhone, Domaine d’Andezon!

Caravin might be a bistro but they also serve extravagant classics such as this superb foie gras risotto!

Shizuoka seems to be a heaven for risotto and this particular sample with porcini is just so unbelievably reasonably-priced!

But if I had to choose one single reason to eat at Caravin it would be their Boudin Blanc!

Home-made Boudin Blanc (very soft soft white pork sausage) served with Le Puy lentils and enormous fresh shiitake!

There are desserts on the menu but this time I opted for a French cheese tray!

Can you guess what they are?

And served with properly toasted bread!

To be continued… (You can bet, and earlier than you think!)

CARAVIN
Shizuoka City, Takajo, 2-25-17
Tel.: 054-246-3539
Opening hours: 16:00~24:00
Closed on Mondays
Cards OK

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Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

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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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Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

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