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“Faces” at Kanaya Tea Festival!

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of April saw the 36th biannual Tea Festival enacted in Kanaya Town, Shimada City, Shizuoka Prefecture!
It gave me another ample opportunity to take some interesting pictures of Japanese “characters” one doesn’t have many occasions to catch!

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A friend of mine said he looks like a disguised truck driver!
These guys look fierce, but actually it’s all banter and fun!

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These guys had certainly started their drinking early!

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Now, what faces are in front?

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I asked to look fierce!
They certainly had a hard time not to explode into laughter!

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I didn’t have to tell him to look fierce, surprised as he was with the sudden attention of an obnoxious photographer!

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Some did try their best to look fierce!

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These almost gave up on looking at their most serious!

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The bunch of the day!

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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

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 33: Kambara, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Kanbara, located between Yui and Shin kambara in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, was merged into Shizuoka City on March 1st, 2006, but Shimizu City became part of Shizuoka City as Shimizu Ku on April 1st, 2004.
On the other hand Yui merged with Shimizu Ku into Shizuoka City only on November 1st, 2008 with some confusing results when it comes to manhole covers!
Soon or later, especially after I have covered Shin Kanbara, I will have to to publish a compilation of only the truly decorated manhole covers in the whole of Shizuoka City, and that is mor than 2 dozens of them!

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This is the most representative fire hydrant manhole cover of Kanabara. Even though, the crest is that of Yui, but the mark/first kanji/蒲 of Kanbara is included!

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It is often found together with a water valve pit!

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This pattern exists elsewhere but it is inscribed with “Kanbara Town”!

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A quite ancient manhole cover over a fire cistern!

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A valve pit with the Kanbara mark!

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A larger valve pit with the Kanbara mark!

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A valve pit in blue instead of orange with measures inverted and the Kanbara Mark!

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The same but with the measurements “properly” set!

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This pressurized air valve pit, being quite a common type could be well a national type!

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It is also often found together with a previous water valve pit!

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Very ancient Kanbara Water duct cover!

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This beautiful fire hydrant cover is actually a Shizuoka City item, therefore quite recent!

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This cover reflects the confusion. It is a soccer fire hydrant manhole cover from Shimizu City before it was merged into Shizuoka City, which could have been set either before or after the merger!

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This water valve pit being very recent it tends to prove that the Shimizu City covers were later used in Shimizu Ku which includes Kanbara Town as it was called before the merger!

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The same with different measures!

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The same again with still different measures!

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This type of water valve pit can be found elsewhere!

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A newly discovered foundry company!

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Hayakawa Foundry!

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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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Shizuoka Green Tea & Wagashi Cake at Shizuoka JR Station: KIssa Issa Tea Cafe!

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Service: Extremely kind and hospitable
Facilities and Equipment: Spotless clean. Entirely non-smiking!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Green tea fro Shizuoka City only. Choice of three different teas offered every week. Local wagashi cakes!

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4 years ago, in June exactly, Shizuoka JR Station was completely renovated and the basement linking the city to the north exit saw the birth of some very interesting shops!
If you arrive directly at Shizuoka JR Station take thes tairs down and you will find Kissa Issa Tea cafe on your left. You will find it on your right if you reach the station from the basement pasageway!

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You are graciously invited to taste Shizuoka City Green Tea!
This cute little cafe was the idea behind a collaboration project between the Shizuoka City Tea Growers Association and the Municipal Government of Shizuoka City!

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A great range of green tea bags for a very reasonable price!
Bear in mind that Shizuoka Prefecture produces more than 45% of all green tea in Japan and that Shizuoka City is one of the main growing areas!

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The whole list of Green Tea Growers and Companies in Shizuoka City!

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You can also buy take-out hot green tea (but consume it on site. This is not Starbucks!)!

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Green is the color of tea!
Closed on Wednesdays only, but always open on week-ends and national Holidays for the pleasure of the many visitors!

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Smokers, keep out if you please!

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More green teas on sale inside!

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The Tea Cafe!

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Great staff!

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Written in Japanese, but the staff will try their best to explain it!

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The three teas proposed on the menu every week are also displayed for purchase near the cash register!

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There were two different Japanese wagashi cakes available made by Arian Kadoya in Inagawa Cho, Suruga Ku, Shizuoka City, south of the JR Station!
The one I chose is a kinton and sweetmeat/anko cake named Na no Hana/rapeseed flower!

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And the tea I chose was a Tamachi No Aji Ichiban (made with first tea crop leaves)!

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my set!
The staff prpepare the first cup of tea and serve a pot of water for the next cups!

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The first cup of green tea!

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The brown pot contains enough hot water for the second and third cups of tea.
For the second cup of tea you pour water into the green pot first and then into the small tea pot filled with leaves.
This way your tea will be at the right temperature.
As for the third cup you pour directly the water form the brown pot into the small tea pot as the temperature will just right inside the brown pot by then!

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The wagshi cake, a little jewel!

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It is supposed to represent the shape of rape seed flowers!

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Filled with sweetmeat!
And it’s vegan!
made by Arian Kadoya (see below for details!)!

KISSA ISSA/一茶
Shizuoka JR Station, North Exit, Basement Square
Tel.: 054-253-0030
Opening hours: 10:00~19:00
Closed on Wednesdays
Entirely non-smoking!

ARIAN KADOYA Western and Wagashi Cakes
422-8062 Shizuoka City, Suruga Ku, Inagawa, 1-2-29
Tel.: 054-285-6860
Fax: 054-284-7037
Opening hours: 09:00~19:00
Closed on Mondays and some holidays in January and August

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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

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Kanaya Green Tea Festival (April 12th~13th)!

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On April 12th (Saturday) and 13th (Sunday) a festival dear to all lovers of green tea in Shizuoka Prefecture will be held in Kanaya, Shimada City! The Kanaya Green Tea Festival!
Posters can already be seen in most of the railway stations in the Prefecture!

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The poster inside Shizuoka JR Station!

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this festival is held only 2 years, so don’t miss it!
As for the access ride the Tokaido Railway Line and get down at Kanaya Station.
People coming for afar can take the Shinkansen until Kakegawa Station or Shizuoka Station first and then board a Tokaido Railway train.

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The Festival also include festival chariots and Japanese drums!
These will be held between 15:45 and 21:00!

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The tea girls dance will be held between 13:15 and 14:45 by thousands of them!
It will be held 400 meters away from Kanaya Station, but I will check!

And try to find the time to visit the Tea Museum/Cha no Sato in Kanaya</strong>!

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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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Fireworks Statue in Arai Machi, Hamamatsu city!

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If you get off from the south exit of Arai Machi JR Stations (3rd station for Hamamatsu City to Nagoya City) you will discover this group of statues!

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“遠州新居手筒花火” means “hand-held Fireworks of Enshuu Arai”!

SEE VIDEOS OF THOSE FIREWORKS HERE!

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This very special (there are other similar ones in Japan, but this THE BIG ONE!) fireworks is usually held on the last Friday and Saturday of July every year.
I will check and inform you as I plan to report on it!

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These thinly clad young men actually carry small fireworks!
The heavier ones are carried by more protected participants!

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And it is held in the heat of the night!

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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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Postage Stamps Bus in Iwata City?

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Buses are not decorated for advertisement only in Shizuoka but more or less everywhere!
I found this private bus in Iwata City the other day!
Tourist spots it was advertising looked very much like stamps!

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It was even promoting local products in one instance!

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I couldn’t figure out what animal that mascot represented but it is called “Shippei”!

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But one thing is sure: this bus company is based in Iwata City as it sported its emblem, dragonflies!

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

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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 25: Mount Fuji Manhole Covers! (富士山のマンホール)

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The mint Manhole Cover in Shimizu City before it was merged in Shizuoka City depicting the World Cultural Heritage of Mount Fuji and Miho Matsubara Beach!

Mount Fuji is partly in Shizuoka Prefecture as many in Yamanashi Prefecture will rightly if somewhat insistently point out, but we also have the Miho Matsubara beach which is included in the World Cultural Heritage!
Mind you, I will be extremely happy to add Mount Fuji manhole covers from Yamanashi prefecture anytime if someone is kind enough to send them to me!
As for people who think that Mount Fuji lies in Kanagawa Prefecture or Tokyo, I’m sorry to disappoint them although they also have the cahnce to see it on bright days!

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The same found in Sodeshi, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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The same but for rain waters instead of river waters without the colors!

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The same as above but with “Shizuoka City” instead of “Shimizu City”!

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Found in many places in Shizuoka City!
A rarity in a sense as it is dated in “2007”!

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Also found a bit everywhere in Shizuoka City!

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Found in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!
Note the sakura ebi design for which Yui is nationally known!

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The same as above in blue!

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A beautiful mint manhole cover for Fuji City, a city named after Mount Fuji!

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The same design but in different colors!

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The same without the colors!

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The same again, but half size!

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The same as a mint manhole cover but in different design and colors!

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Arguably the most beautiful manhole cover in Japan found in Yaoshiwara, Fuji City, depicting Kaguyahime of the Legend, The Bamboo Cutter’s daughter!

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A beautiful mint manhole cover in Fujieda City!
Although the City includes “Fuji/藤”, it means “Wisteria”, not “Mount Fuji/富士”!

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The same as found on a pavement in Fujieda city!

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Another mint of the same but in different colors!

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the same as found on a pavement in Fujieda City!

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Found in Gotemba City!

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Beautiful mint in Shimizu Cho at the foot of Mount Fuji!
Not to be confused with Shimizu Ku in Shizuoka City!

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Found in Nirayama merged with Izu no Kuni City!
Famous for the Hansharou Foundries and strawberries!

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Beautiful mint manhole cover for Yaizu City, a fishing port city known all over Japan!

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The same as found on a pavement in yaizu City!

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The same without the colors!

Still looking!

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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

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City