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Healthy Bento by Real Food Market “Akutsu” in Shizuoka City!

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Last Sunday during the 1st Shizuoka Seeds Exchange Meet I had the occasion to sample one of those healthy bento made by Real Food Market Akutsu in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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A menu was also kindly provided!

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The whole bento was well protected!

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Now, what did we have?

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Rice grown by Mr. Aoki in Shizuoka City mixed with some kuromai/black rice!

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Fried vegetables seasoned with leek miso!
Incidentally all the vegetables are grown organically in Shizuoka Prefecture!

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Top: Shio konbu seaweed seasoned with wasabi
Bottom: Rape flowers, cauliflower, carrot and Red heart daikon!

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Shizuoka Bioran eggs tortilla, deep-fried potato, pasta, tomato sauce, boiled greens!

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Tofu and meat hamburger with home-made demi glace sauce!

Not only healthy but very tasty!

REAL FOOD MARKET “AKUTSU”
420-0867 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Baban Cho, 91 (along Sengen Shrine Street)
Tel.: 054-221-4046
Opening hours: 10:00~19:00
Closed on Tuesdays

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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!
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For Vegans & Vegetarians: Real Food Market Akutsu in Shizuoka City!

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My shopping of the day!
Asuparana/Orange and violet carrots/Violet Mizuna/Violetblack carrots and red daikon!

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It is not easy for vegans and vegetarians (I’m not but I try to help!) to find a good source of healthy vegetables, but here in Japan, and especially in Shizuoka Prefecture where vegetables are grown non-stop, it shouldn’t be difficult!

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No, this scarecrow is here for the fun and to tell you that all the vegetables sold there are organically grown!

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Oranges from Shimizu Ku!

Fine, but where do you find vegetables, especially organic ones, not only fresh and healthy but one you can trace back in all safety?

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Well, Mr. and Mrs Akutsu who opened Real Food Market Akutsu Shop 6 years ago know enough growers in Shizuoka Prefecture and beyond to be able to provide only organic and seasonal vegetables all year round from Hamamatsu, Iwata, Shizuoka, Fujinomiya, Mishima to cite only a few cities and more from beyond our borders.

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Greetings from the staff!

As for the fruit, they might not be organic but they are the healthiest available!
Even food for the non-vegan or vegetarian is the healthiest one could find!

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For the omnivorous customers healthy and very reasonably priced bento are available every day!

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Carrots, pumpkins and eggplants from Fujinomiya City, burdock roots from Miyazaki Prefecture!

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Daikon, ginger and taro!

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You can compose yoour bento!
Mr. and Mrs. Akutsu will help you with your priorities if told in advance!

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Organic rice, both milled and brown/whole from Iwata City!

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Nationally-known great eggs produced by Mr. Shimizu at “Bioran farm” in Shizuoka City!

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More bentos!

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I came back late in the afternoon for a new arrival of fresh organic vegetables!

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All producers’ names clearly indicated!

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beautiful red and violet daikon, carrots, oura burdock and so on!

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The ones with the flowers are called asuparana, that is asparagus plants as their taste reminds that of asparagus!
Beautiful in a salad or atop a dish!

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They are too many to describe but when you visit the place do not hesitate to ask their names!

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These vegetables are especially grown organically for impaired people by Akatsuki Farm!

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Perfect traceability as some of the farmers even publish their photos!

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I love those long and thin turnips (not daikon) called hibino kabu!

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Ishigami Farm family in Tegoshi, Suruga Ku, Shizuoka City!

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My selection for the day!
Actually I had to come later to buy more for izakaya owner friends of mine!

Do come every day as new arrivals and new bentos are on siplay!

REAL FOOD MARKET “AKURSU”
420-0867 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Baban Cho, 91 (along Sengen Shrine Street)
Tel.: 054-221-4046
Opening hours: 10:00~19:00
Closed on Tuesdays

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Organic Vegetables by Kitayama Garden at Farmer’s Market in D&Department by Taita in Shizuoka City!

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Courtesy of D&Department by Taita

Yesterday I once again had the opportunity to meet old friends in Shizuoka City, namely the Hiragakis of Kitayama Noen in Fujinomiya City who were taking part in a Farmers’ market event held D&Department By Taita in Suruga Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Taita Company opened this store and restaurant 5 years ago and the Farmers’ Market is part of their 5th Anniversary events!

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The market was held between 12:00 and sunset on the lawn in front of the store and in spite of the late time for a market was busy with connoisseur customers who had been alerted though the social networks!

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Hiragaki San had traveled all the way in the morning from the very slopes of Mount Fuji!

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You could see their hometown in the far distance! LOL

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They had brought winter vegetables as snow is already surrounding them up on the slopes of Mount Fuji!
They certainly made for great pictures: butternut, delicata, pumpkins!

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Sweet potatoes and kiwi fruit!

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Fiery chili peppers!

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Burdock roots and carrots!

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Shoppers were gracefully offered hot and so tasty butternut potage!

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Kintoki ginger packed with healthy ingredients! A must in winter!

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Swiss chard!

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Luccola!

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Leaf vegetables and Taro/sato imo!

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I was truly tempted by those fiery hot yellow chili peppers!

Taita Corporation will organize more events of the kind and I will keep you posted!

D&Department Project in Shizuoka by Taita

Manager: Ms. Chinatsu Mori
422-8034 Shizuoka City, Suruga Ku, Takamatsu, 1-24-10
Tel.: 054-238-6678
Fax: 054-238-6679
Opening hours: 10:00~20:00(Saturdays and Sundays~23:00)
Closed on Tuesdays
Large parking Lot available
HOMEPAGE

KITAYAMA ORGANIC FARM

Masaaki and Kiko Hirakaki
418-0112 Fujinomiya Shi, Kitayama, 3102
Tel./Fax: 0544-25-2795
Mobile phone: 090-2261-8821
HOMEPAGE/BLOG (Japanese)
Private orders welcome over the phone!

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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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Organic Vegetables from Shizuoka Prefecture with Aritsune Akutsu!

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My market of the day!
Top left to right: green kohlrabi, dark orange-violet carrots, golden carrots, black daikon.
Bottom left to right: Hinosai turnips, red ginger.

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Aritsune Atsuku is the link that all true producers wish to make their vegetables known and sell them.
Aritsune is always on the look out for producers who grow great organic vegetables and help them sell them with the ones he and his produce themselves.
He has a shop, “Real Food market” in Baban-Cho (report to come soon!), Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, but toady he was selling the products of 5 farmers from Fujieda City and Fujinomiya City on the basement floor of Isetan Department Store in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, to try and reach a larger clientele and persuade consumers that the quality of the healthy vegetable he was selling was worth their price!

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Aristune has a true passion for healthy food and organic vegetables in particular, although he is not a vegetarian.
Let’s have a look at what he was selling today!

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Hinosai turnip and red daikon!
Not only he promotes good organic vegetables but also ones that are still rare in Japan!

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Red daikon and golden carrots!

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Golden carrots!

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Romaine lettuces!

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Red ginger!

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Reasonable prices for such rare organic vegetables!

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Dark red violet carrots in the middle!

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Violet Mustard leaves and Pak Shi Coriander!

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Green kohlrabi!

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Violet daikon!

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Another type of violet daikon!

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Organic rice!

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Customers could taste them raw or buy them steamed with rice onsite!

You can find and buy the same at:

REAL FOOD MARKET AKUTSU
Aritsune Akutsu
Mobile: 080-6902-0456
E-mail: akutuaritune@gmail.com
420-0864 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Baban-Cho, 91
Tel. & Fax: 054-221-4046
Opening hours: 10:00~19:00
Closed on Tuesdays

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-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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French Gastronomy: Bonito-Katsuo at Pissenlit in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Excellent and very friendly.
Facilities: Great cleanliness overall. Superb washroom (mouthwash and toothpicks provided!)!
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive, very good value.
Strong points: Interesting wine list. Great use of local products, especially organic vegetables and Shizuoka-bred meat and caught fish. Very inventive French gastronomy.

Shizuoka Prefecture boasts many seafood varieties as its specialties: Sakura Ebi/Cherry Shrimps, Shirasu/Sardine Whiting, Tachiuo/Scabbard Fish, Takahashi Gani:the largest crab in the world. and so on, but the fish it is most proud of is arguably katsuo or bonito!

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We are very much in season is coming through the Suruga Bay and along our shores back to colder waters. We call it “Modori Katsuo/Bonito on his way back”!

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Chef Toru Arima/有馬亨さん often serves as a sublime appetizer in tataki form with organic vegetables, jelly and matcha tea and curry powder for a last seasoning touch!

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Bonito fillets are first seared on all sides before being plunged in icy water to stop the cooking.
Once completely cooled down it is cut in thick slices across the fillet.
Note the edible and so cute shiso/perilla flowers for a simple and so elegant touch!

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Viewed from the other side you can admire the bed created with pieces of organic vegetables and more bonito!

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Such gastronomy becomes a photographer’s pleasure!

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No this is not pasta, but thin egg plant vermicelli!

Considering the comparably simplicity of the ingredients this true gastronomic artistry!
And the taste? Just sublime!

PISSENLIT
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 2-3-4
Tel.: 054-270-8768
Fax: 054-627-3868
Business hours: 11:30~14:30; 17:00~22:00
Closed on Tuesdays and Sunday evening
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Credit Cards OK
Entirely non-smoking!

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-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
-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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French Gastronomy: Vegetables Palette at Tetsuya Sugimoto Restaurant in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Highly professional and friendly
Facilities: Great overall cleanliness. Beautiful washroom
Prices: Appropriate
Strong points: Freshest produce and ingredients only, mainly from Shizuoka Prefecture. Organic vegetables, top-class Shizuoka-bred meat and Suruga Bay seafood. Seasonal food only.

Map (Japanese)

There are times when you feel you ought to take a very long look at a dish to leave an indelible image in your brain.
Tetsuya Sugimoto, owner-chef of the eponymous restaurant in Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, tries never to interfere with the natural colors of the vegetables he utilizes in his superlative dishes.

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It becomes a photographic challenge when the plate comes in front of you at first and generally speaking the first photograph as above is rarely the best one!
So you start turning the plate around and take pictures from every possible angle.
Although Tetsuya does not mind at all, keep in mind that the dish, even served on a hot plate, will eventually cool down, so do hurry! (And you had better be alone, as the dragon will always start making snide remarks about my lack of concern for her or our company!)!

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Testuya’s technique is both simple and sophisticated. he will add almost no seasoning or sauce and will use the natural juices of the vegetables for the sauce with the addition of a little lemon juice and secret vinegar both to preserve the color.

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As for perfect cooking I know that he makes almost invisible incisions with a very thin and sharp knife inside the pieces of vegetables when they are thick to achieve a uniform cooking.
Incidentally all his vegetables are organic and grown in Shizuoka Prefecture.
And on request he can make such a dish purely vegan!

Tetsuya SUGIMOTO
420-0038Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Umeya,2-13,1F
Tel./Fax: 054-251-3051
Opening hours:11:30~14:30,17:30~21:30
Holidays: undecided (do make a call first!)
Credit cards OK
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Entirely non-smoking!

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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: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
-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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Organic Gardening in Shizuoka City 1

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The first plot as it has been for the last 15?20? years!

September 22nd 2013

I have just started helping a friend of mine, Asami Itoh/伊東麻美さん, the youngish (gentlemen, she is still eligible!) president and owner of Marufuku Tea Factory and CHA-O Tea Processing Company, with a project up in the mountains in Umegashima, Shizuoka City.
She wants to start the cultivation of organic herbs in particular in view to blend them later with her company’s organic tea for a more extensive market research.
Her father had bought land a long time ago at the altitude of 1.000 meters where he buit a house I have previously described in a recent article about organic Japanese plums.

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It takes a good hour by car to reach the spot at 1,000 meters at the very end of the road where you are greeted by a minuscule Shinto Shrine.

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The sign says “1,000 meters, the highest tea fields in Japan!”

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The red color is arguably the most used color for Shinto Shrines which are found in far more places than Budhist Temples especially in rural Japan!

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This “Torii/鳥居/Bird Gate”, for all its small size is remarkable for the fact that the top beam was made with the bottom part of a tree to show a pointed horn at its tip! Very rare actually! The whole portal was created by with logs sawed by the small log company just a few meters away!

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for the people interested with such facts, the name of the shrine is called “Inari Dai Myoujin/稲荷大明神”!
“Inari” is also the name of a sushi. Can you guess why? “Ina” means “rice” and it was offered inside rice straw balls at such shrines to pray for bountiful crops whose shape has been copied to make inari sushi!

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This very spot is heavens for photography buffs!

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From there it is precipitous walk down a narrow mountain lane or along a rail if you want to carry down/up heavy baggage. The city has finally decided to build a winding road down to Itoh’s house and a couple a farms on higher ground. The problem is that during the works which mike take as long as 3 years we will have to come down another more circuitous route….

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The house!
A lot inquiries for rent regularly reach Asami who is certainly not interested.
There is still a lot of work and cleaning inside although the toilets, bathroom and kitchen are working. Next year will see a lot of trash being taking away. Very hard work in prospect!

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The “field” in front of the house.
This is work for next year as we concentrate on the plot just in front of the house for the moment.
The field actually comprises all the organic Japanese plum trees we harvest very year to make umeshu, umeboshi and other preserves.
The field is full of fern these days, but these can be harvested in late spring as “warabi/蕨市/bracken, brake or common bracken, also known as “eagle fern”, a very popular mountain vegetables in Japan.
Asami already has to contend with wild monkeys, boars, deer, civets and even bears, but she discovered that people came regularly every year to steal those warabi. Picking some for your consumption is not much of a problem and she would welcome such unauthorized visitors, but the “thieves” go away with full crops! Don’t be surprised if some local supermarkets cannot tell you the origin of their warabi!
Talking of the animals (including humans?) we will have to erect light net fences during the winter to protect the japanese plum trees we will also have to prune (no pun intended!). We are also thinking of othe mountain vegetables crops for that field, too, but we will have to provide it some extra soil first!

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But first we have to deal with that 8 m2 plot (maybe small but perfect for research and trials) left unattended for the last 20 years.
At least the whole property has seen any agrichemicals or pesticides for the same period of time!

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I had to use the available traditional tools to dig up the deep-rooted grass and weeds.
We will come with more modern utensils in 2 weeks time!

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The temperature is still around 30 degrees even now and I can tell you this slow sweaty hard work! The soil being very dry does not make the digging up any easier!

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During that time Asami was ridding the field barbecue from weeds, ants and what else, not to mention all the bricks inside and and outside had to be taken out for better access and cleaning. I hard a time convincing her not to break the whole contraption!

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It was certainly worth it!

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Done at last!
Asami plans to grow mint, thyme, lemon balm, lemon grass and basil among other herbs but this will have to wait until early spring.
First I will have to sift the stones out of the soil in two weeks’ time (we plan to visit the place every two weeks at the beginning, which is sufficient providing that the fields are protected with netting).
Next in 4 weeks time I will mix in organic red soil, organic lime, organic fertilizer and oragnic vegtable/herb soil, cover the whole with a tarp and leave it ferment for the whole winter!

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It is already starting to look better!
See you again there in two weeks time!
We hope to bring along a friend or two next time to help with the work and to share a couple beers (Asami does not drink and she doesn’t mind driving us around!)!

Marufuku Tea Factory (Director, Ms. Asami Itoh)
420-0006 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Wakamatsu, Cho, 25
Tel.: 054-271-2011
Fax: 054-271-2010
Mobile: 090-3250-4188

CHA-O (Director, Ms. Asami Itoh)
420-0006 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Wakamatsu Cho, 94
Tel: 054-253-8421
Fax: 054-253-8413
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

Itoh Organic Project
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Umegashina, Higashi Mine (Do not send letters yet as there is no post box!)

RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR ROOF GARDENING

Containerized: My Garden Blog
Gardens by Mike Palmer (Dorchester, England)
Best New York Gardening Blogs
Battery Rooftop Garden Blog (UK)
Green Roof Growers (Chicago)
Mitsukoshi Roof Top Garden – Ginza by Tokyobling’s Blog
NYCFARMER’S BLOG
The Tattooed Gardener
Town and Country Gardening
My Botanical Garden by Tamara
My Food and Flowers
Vienna Roof Garden
Leaf and Twig
Ekostories by Jack Yuen
My Food And Flowers
The Japans
Photography Art Plus
LOSTINTHOT
Spy Garden

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

Shop with Intent by Debbie
BULA KANA in Fiji
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: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City