Category Archives: Japan Gastronomy

Ekiben: The Railroads Bento of Japan!

Ekiben (駅弁) is the abbreviation of Eki/駅 for Station and Bento/弁当 for packed lunch.
Ekiben is almost as old as railroads and railways in Japan and have been , with highs and lows, a feature at important stations all over the country.

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Ekiben being sold to travelers in 1902!

The very first ekiben was officially sold (actually two kinds of them) at Utusnomiya Station in Tochigi Prefecture in 1885, although food had been allowed to be sold at stations and to trains since 1877 in Kobe and Osaka Cities.

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Traditional ekiben booth inside Ofuna Station.

There is even a complete (in Japanese only) Ekiben Homepage in this country!

These days they are sold either at shops and stands located the entrance to the tracks, inside station markets or at stands on the very rail platforms although this is far from being a general rule. It is always a better idea to buy them before going through the gate to the platforms.

Shizuoka Prefecture has the third largest number of bentos on record (161 in 2015) after Tokyo and Kanagawa Perefecture as it has the largest number of Shinkansen/bullet train stations (6) in Japan and t takes no less than 3 hours to cross Shizuoka Prefecture from Atamait o Shinjohara, notwithstanding the the lines crisscrossing the rest of the Prefecture, especially Izu Peninsula!

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Hamamatsu Mikkabi Beef Ekiben in Kakegawa Station!

Like the rest of Japan, this is the best way for travelers and tourists to discover the local gastronomy, be that of a Prefecture, region city or even village!

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Ekiben stand in front of the entrance gate in Numazu City!

For example Numazu City if famous for its harbor and fish but there is most consistent fare nearby!

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Rare Ashitaka Beef Ekiben!

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Although Mishima City is away from the sea it does offer a tasty Chirashi Zushi (Decoration Sushi) at its station!

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Some ekiben come in truly cute wrappings for collectors as the above “Kazutoyo Ekiben” sold at Kakegawa Station!

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And the contents are as beautiful!

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Some stations like Shizuoka City also have limited seasonal ekiben like this Winter “Chisen Fuyu Ekiben”!

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I savored inside the train to Tokyo!

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Even the Shizuoka Prefecture Tourist and Agricultural department promote themselves through ekiben like this “fuji no Kuni/Mount Fuji Land” in Shin Fuji Station!

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Mount Fuji-shaped Ekiben!

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Broiled eels are a specialty of Shizuoka Prefecture!

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Simple and delicious!

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Don’t forget some of the labels, wrappings and boxes can easily become collector’s items such as the above Steam Locomotive Railway Ekiben you can buy at Shin Kanaya Station!

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Another one at the same station depicting the Shimada Obi Festival!

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A third one colorful at the same station!

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Containing a local product: green tea steamed rice!

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If one day you have the chance to get down at Shuzenji Station in the middle of Izu Peninsula, do not forget to visit this stand selling “Aji Sushi/Horse Mackerel Sushi” with real wasabi!

So you know what to sample next time you travel through Shizuoka and the rest of japan: an unending gastronomy travel!

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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 CityShizuoka

Yakitori and more Succulent Morsels at Ginza Enishi in Matsuzakaya Department Store, Shizuoka City!

There is little need to introduce yakitori, a traditional Japanese gastronomy, which has become so popular far away from its borders!
On the other hand good quality is not always evident even in Japan as there is little traceability available in most izakaya and cheap stalls.
And if you do not want to go out at night and drink at the same time, it is definitely better to look for them in a specialized shop!

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Luckily enough, we do have a great shop in Shizuoka City namely Ginza Enishi/銀座縁, conveniently located near the JR Shizuoka Station and main hotels on the Basement floor in Matsuzakaya Department Store across from the North Exit!

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You will no miss it as it found along a narrow underground corridor linking both buildings!

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Now, that sign will be very useful to foreign visitors!

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Take the time to read it!
This is a rare piece of good service!

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You will be able to purchase your favorite morsels at any time of the day, seven days a week and take them back to the hotel or along with you if you do not wish to go to an izakaya or restaurant!
Their freshness will insure a superlative taste even cold!
All the chicken comes from a contracted poultry farm in Aomori Prefecture! 
The chicken is registered under the name of Gokokuajidori/五穀味鶏!
Their offerings vary with the seasons but you will find most of your favorites all year through!
I have included an explanation of each morsel for you to copy next time you visit Matsuzakaya Department Store in Shizuoka City!
Do note that the prices may sound a bit higher than in cheap shops but the quality entirely entitles them!

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Broiled eels/unagi/鰻!

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Two types of fresh lunch boxes/bento/弁当, regularly changed!

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Chicken balls/Tsukune/つくね!

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Chicken livers/reba-/レバー!

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Broiled chicken skin/kawa/かわ!

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Broiled chicken thigh and scallions/leeks brochettes/ももねぎ!

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Broiled chicken and garlic brochettes/Ninniku/にんにく!

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Broiled chicken thigh/Momo/もも!

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Grilled chicken shoulder/Hina/ひな!

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Grilled chicken shoulders and scallions/leeks/Hinanegi/ひなねぎ!

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Chicken gizzards/Sunagimo/砂肝!

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Grilled spread chicken wings/Tebachuu/手羽中!

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Grilled chicken and garlic/Ninniku/にんにく!

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Grilled soft chicken cartilages/Nankotsu/なんこつ!

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Chicken and perilla/shiso balls/Shiso Tsukune/しそつくね!

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Grilled chicken skin/Kawa/かわ!

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Deep-fried Chicken wings/Tebasaki karaage/手羽先唐揚げ!

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Deep-fried chicken soft cartilages/Nankotu karaage/なんこつ唐揚げ! Price per 100 grams!

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Deep-dried chicken/Karaage/唐揚げ! Price per 100 grams!

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Deep-fried mini potatoes/Chibimaru poteto/ちびまるポテト! Price per 100 grams!

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Deep-fried chopped scallions/leeks and red ginger/Negi to benishouga no chigiri age/ねぎと紅生姜のちぎり揚げ!

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Dumplings deep-fried inside chicken skin/Tori kawa Gyouza/鶏皮餃子!

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Chicken balls in sweet and sour sauce/Niku dango/肉団子!

Have fun!

GINZA ENISHI/銀座縁

Manager: Mr. Takayuki Ishinagi/石椛隆之さん

MATSUZAKAYA DEPARTMENT STORE SHIZUOKA-松坂屋静岡店
〒420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki-Cho, 10-2
〒420-0857 静岡県静岡市葵区御幸町10−2
Tel.: 054-254-1111
Opening hours: 10:00~20:00
Closed on January 1st
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
HOMEPAGE (English)
HOMEPAGE (Taiwanese)
HOMEPAGE (Chinese)
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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

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Vegan Japanese Cakes: Wagashi at Friand Kadoya in Shizuoka City!

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Wagashi/和菓子, or “Japanese Cakes” are a boon for people who don’t eat eggs or dairy products.
No wonder they are witnessing a boom all over the world!
And true tradtional wagashi are not only healthy and tasty but also so artistic!

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now, in Shizuoka City there a splendid and very traditional cake shop called Friand Kadoya which makes both European-style and wagashi cakes!
It is a famous establishment place and their wagashi can be enjoyed at Issa Kissa in Shizuoka JR Station!
Actually the shop stand less than 10 minutes on foot from the Shizuoka JR Station South Exit!

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“Friand/ふりあん” can be loosely translated as “gourmet’s pleasure”, although the French will useful it in the expression, “Je suis friand de…/I love…”. The word “friandise/sweets” is the noun for the adjective “friand”!

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Mr. Eiji Asaba/浅場栄一さん is the 3rd geneartion owner/chef at Friand Kadoya.
After graduating from High School he spent 2 years learning his craft in a wagashi cake school in Tokyo for 2 years and worked for 2 and a half more years in Tokyo before working under his father’s supervision for 13 years. he has been the owner and chef for the last 7 years following the father’s departure from this world.

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The wagashi cakes are separately displayed.
They are exclusively made with komeko/rice flour grown and produced in Japan. Sometimes he does have to use a little wheat flour.
All coloring used in his cakes are either of natural vegetable and fruit origins or coloring only registered and allowed by the Japanese Government.

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March being a very busy season I had to content myself with a short chat with Mr. Asaba, a very affable man, and taking enough photographs to give you an indication of the true delicacies and works of art in wait for you!

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All wagashi can be bought separately, in pairs or in packages of varying volume!

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Traditional Sakura Mochi!

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O-mochi wrapped in red shiso/perilla leaves!

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Kimi Shigure!

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Yuri no Ne!

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Macha o-mochi filled wit sweetmeats!
A Very Shizuoka wagashi!

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Haru Urara!

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Haru no Yosooi!

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Ryuryoku Kakou!

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Haru no Ogawa!

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Sanshyoku Sumire!

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Kochyou!

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Hanami Zakura!

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Hatsu Zakura!

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Miyoshino!

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Na no Hana!
I’ve already had the pleasure to taste that one!

First of all expect all these cakes to be tasted and introduced in future postings! As they are seasonal, this promises to be ong series!

And as soon as Mr. Asaba is not so busy I will interview him at work!

FRIAND KADOYA Western and Wagashi Cakes

Chef: Eiji Asaba/浅場栄一さん
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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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Ramen-eating Skeleton Restaurant Sign in Yaizu City!

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I knew there was something strange about that restaurant sign board in Yaizu City, even from a distance!

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I understand that some restaurants will go to any length to attract customers, but I don’t understand the logic here!

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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
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-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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Daruma Festival at Bishamonten Myohouji Temple in Yoshiwara, Fuji City!-富士市吉原で毘沙門天大祭!

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Every year one of the three biggest Daruma Doll Festival is held in Yoshiwara, Fuji City!
This year it was held a bit earlier than usual on February 6=8th.
Daruma Dolls are hollow, round, Japanese traditional dolls modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism. These dolls, though typically red and depicting a bearded man (Dharma), vary greatly in color and design depending on region and artist. Though considered omocha, meaning toys, Daruma have a design that is rich in symbolism and is regarded more as a talisman of good luck to the Japanese. Daruma dolls are seen as a symbol of perseverance and good luck, making them a popular gift of encouragement.
These are changed every year, making for a profitable business.
Read more information about Daruma dolls THERE!

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Once you get off Yoshiwara JR Sation, next to Fuji JR Station take the exit on the left.
You will know you are on the right path when you see the flag sign!

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Like in any festival in Japan you its importance by the length of road access lined up with all kinds of stands and shops!
They were many that day!
Actually if you had all shops leading to the Temple and the shops inside it, you’ll find around 600 of them offering their wares for three days to about 180,000 visitors to this Festival held since the Edo Era!

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Okonomiyaki!

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Takoyaki!

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Taiyaki!

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Goldfish scooping pond!

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Hiroshima-style Okonmiyaki!

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Going bananas!

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More takyaki!

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Snow crab!

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Grilled ayu trouts!

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Yakisoba!

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Ball-catching pond!

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Candied strawberries!

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Dried shirasu and sakuraebi!

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Yakitori!

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Finally reached the stairs of Bishamaonten Shrine/毘沙門天!
Actually the grounds are teh locale to both the shrine and a big Buddhist Temple called Myohouji/妙法寺!

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A monument offered by Izu Nagaoka Village!

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The torii/Shrine entrance gate!

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A solid crowd!

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In Japan, even in such a crowd, it is not difficult to move around!

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The daruma at last!

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Their owners will paint the pupils of their eyes back home!

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Can you see the monkey darumas on the left?

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The whole place has become red!

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Medium-sized darumas!

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There were also farmers peddling flowers and bonsai trees!

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These darumas seemed to be burning!

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An inviting cat!

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There were quite a few food stands on the premises, too!

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This year is the Year of the Horse!

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There were quite a few people around the dragon shrine!

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The enormous Myouhouji Temple in the background!

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Imposing roofs!

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Back to the screaming dragons!

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What were these people doing below the dragons around the incense burrning bowl?

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They were imprgnating themselves with the sacred incense smoke!

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A double Mount Fuji?

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Postcard snow-capped Mount Fuji!

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It was then time to go back!

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A last colorful photo of daruma dolls!

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A colorful tiger coat!

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Hang on, still one more picture to take…

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Mini darumas!

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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
-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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Gastronomy on a Manhole Cover: Bonito in Yaizu City!

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I’ve been recently disparaged in some corners for adding tourism, environment and manhole covers to this gastronomic blog, but I would like to point out that tourism and environment walk hands in hands with gastronomy!

If you get off Yaizu JR Station from the south exit and take the main street on your right you will see many of these magnificently colored manhole covers on the pavement.

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Do take a care about cars before taking a picture across the street!

Yaizu City is classified as a major fishing harbor in Japan and deals with the biggest catches of bonito (katsuo/鰹).
No wonder it is featured on at least two types of manhole covers!

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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

Urban Art: FITS Bar in Fujieda City!

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I was walking along the streets in daytime Fujieda City yesterday when I discovered this establishment not far from the JR Station north exit!

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I cannot guarantee the quality of that bar/izakaya although the menu posted outside seemed to mean that the prices were quit reasonable, but the art outside is certainly worth a second and third look!
It is somewhat Halloween-inspired and very unusual in concept for Japan although the humor is very strong there!

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The Cat or the Pussy is definitely the most untrustworthy member, very probably representing the Mama san or lady encouraging you to drink!

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The Teddy bear is definitely the gullible, fat, probably rich middle-aged customer!

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I certainly have a special fondness for the Night Owl!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, 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: 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