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Along the Shizuoka Craft Beer Trail 3: Orache & Windy Valley Beer in Kannami, Mishima City!

All photographs by Robert-Gilles Martineau when not cited.

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(Courtesy of Orache Co.)

In 1997, when Mr. Tomoyuki Shimono came all the way from Tokyo to Kannami, near Mishima City, he surely had a grand idea: not only he wanted to create his own bio dairy products and beer, but he also knew how to develop it to contribute to a better environment and cooperation with locals.
He certainly needed a lot of courage to achieve his goals: Kannami is far away from urban life regardless of the great numbers of Tokyoites-owned villas sprouting all over a nearby mountain. At the time he arrived there, the land was poor and grew little but oranges due to its exposure to cold winds in winter and searing heat in summer. Oratche’s beer was not called “Wind Valley Beer” because it sounded good, but because it was a fact of life!

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I had already written a few articles about their surprisingly good cheeses when I met their young business department executive, Mr. Satoru Nishimura, by pure chance in Isetan Department Store in Shizuoka City. The gentleman most readily assented when I asked him if I may visit and investigate his company. He went as far as picking me up at the station, about ten minutes away from his establishment.

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Welcome to Orache!
It is a bit away from Kannami JR Station and you don’t have your own car, it is a good idea to share the taxi!

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You are in a spot right between Mount Fuji and Izu Peninsula!

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A great place to start a car tour from!

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All great vegetables sold in Orache all year long have an interesting story of environmental cooperation!

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Orache is located in an area called Tanna which also bears a deserved nickname, “Windy Valley”, which is also the name of the craft beers!

When they first came to Tanna, they found farmers toiling for very little in a harsh environment with prevailing winds and poor soils.
Local farmers have their own space where they can sell their own bio vegetables to visitors. Orache had a good idea to recycle the refuse from the many cows they keep for milk and calves they raise for meat. They just give it to the local farmers who can use it as biological fertilizer!
They certainly never run out of it, I can tell you, as everything is well planned and quickly disposed of! They grow their own corn for feed combined with hay directly imported from the States. Knowing the Japanese Customs’ pickiness, I do not harbour any worry about its quality!

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All kinds of events are regularly organised not only in collaboration with local farmers but also with local restaurants, chefs and other gastronomic shops!

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They are also very popular with animal lovers with their small menagerie and very often organic feed for animals, especially dogs, is sold there!

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The regular series of craft beers at Orache!
Incidentally Orache was the first brewery officially recognized by the Japanese Government for producing organic beer!

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A limited brew for the season!
Of course I took a bottle back to Shizuoka City!

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A beautiful Craft Beer limited to the Atama City area! For the beer lovers and label collectors!

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Orache keeps all kinds of animals on their premises: Sheep, goats, cows, ducks, and even a human cow mascot!

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It can be cold country there, so they have a special space called “Flower Greenhouse”!

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They hold all kinds of events inside for kids and adults alike1

Their restaurant caters for all kinds of food and drinks (beers, of course!) and a big shop offers the whole gamut of their own products!

Plenty of souvenirs to bring back home!

ORATCHE & WIND VALLEY BREWERY

419-0105 Shizuoka Ken, Tagat Gun, Tanna, 349-1
Tel.: 055-974-4192
Fax: 055-974-4191
Business hours: 10:00~18:00 (week days), 10:00~20:00 (Sat., Sun. and National Holidays)
Free car park.
HOMEPAGE

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Shop Signs Revival in Mishima City!

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Women Fashion shop Sign!

Mishima City, after a long dormancy following the bubble era seems to steadily enter a new era with new restaurants, bars and shops to cater for an increasing touristic clientele thanks to the nearby Mount Fuji and many more attractions.
It is a city where, if you keep one eye on the pavement and anther above head, you can make some interesting discoveries!
The latest one for my part is a single side of a single street lined up with a series of shop signs, some directly inspired by many found in Europe displayed in obvious cooperation!
let me show them:

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Knitting shop!

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Japanese craft shop!

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Fashion handbag shop!

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Art gallery!

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Miscellaneous Boutique!

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Liquor shop!

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Another Art Gallery!

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Bedroom ware shop!

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Traditional Japanese cake shop!

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Japanese restaurant?

Still looking!

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Mishima Taisha Shrine (三島大社) 1)

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One of the venerated trees inside Mishima Tasiha!

Mishima Taisha/Mishima Great Shrine in the City of Mishima is one oone of the 3~4 biggest and most important Shinto shrines in Shizuoka Prefecture and it is simply too vast and comprising too many other shrines to be described i a single article.
This the first of a series of reports as I plan to visit Mishima City many times again in the near future and take the opportunities to discover other aspects and sights!

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The main portal with its enormous “shimenawa/rice straw garland”!

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The big mouth-shut “komainu or shishi/lion guard” past the main entrance!

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And its companion with its mouth open!

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One of the main small shrines find in the precincts, this particular one called “Shima Jinja” at the end of a small bridge crossing one of the many ponds!

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A large roof pinion!

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A large roofed hand washing stone basin!

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Another large inner portal!

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Th Horse is the main feature animal symbol in Mishima Taisha!

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Ancient horse painting!

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The “haiden hall” for the public and worshippers!

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Splendid gilded pinions!

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One of the big “baku/nightmare eaters”!

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An ancient “ishidourou/stone lantern”!

See you again there very soon!

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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 19

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A beautiful mint water access manhole cover in Susono City!

This time I will take you the eastern part of Shizuoka Prefecture, but since I have quite a few I had to write it in two parts!

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The same as above but without the colors!

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A small and colorful valve pit cover in Susono City!

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A flowery manhole cover in Mishima City with the motif in relief!

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The same type of manhole cover in Mishima City with some colors left but with the flower motif carved in!

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An ancient sewer manhole cover in Mishima City!
Note the central motif!

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Another old sewer manhole type in Mishima City with the same central motif!

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Another sewer type manhole cover in Mishima City with a different central motif!

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Another colorful flowery water access manhole cover in Hirokoji District in Mishima City!

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A splendid mint water access manhole cover in Nirayama, now part of Mishima City with Mount Fuji, Strawberries and Hansharo Foundry Towers!

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here is another water access manhole cover in Nirayama!
Nirayama is famous all over the country for its strawberry farms!

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A beautiful mint water access manhole cover for Numazu City!

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An old sewer manhole cover in Numazu City!
Note the central motif!

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An intriguing manhole cover in Heda, now merged into Numaz City!

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The same as above in Heda but inside a larger manhole cover!

See you in part 2 next!

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“Spiky Lawn” by Bruno Maroni in Mishima City!

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If you have the chance to visit Mishima City in the eastern part of Shizuoka Prefecture I would recommend you to visit the Clematis Gardens, the more for it that they offfer a free limousine service from and to Mishima JR Station!

The Gardens include a large museum showing the works of Bruno Maroni but his most remarkable creations are exhibited all year round in the very large park either on the luscious lawns or in front of other buildings!

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What could a lone man do walking through pikes on a lawn?

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The grass is integral part of the whole art work!

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Is the man carefully walking in awe?

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Or is he half containing his laugh?

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Or has he found a new world beyond the grassy spike tunnel?

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“Infinity” by Bruno Maroni in Mishima City!

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If you have the chance to visit Mishima City in the eastern part of Shizuoka Prefecture I would recommend you to visit the Clematis Gardens, the more for it that they offfer a free limousine service from and to Mishima JR Station!

The Gardens include a large museum showing the works of Bruno Maroni but his most remarkable creations are exhibited all year round in the very large park either on the luscious lawns or in front of other buildings!

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looking too far ahead can turn you into stone!

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Even so these eyes look a bit empty to me!

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is infinity really beautiful?

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-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
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“Man Looking Over The Wall” by Bruno Maroni in Mishima City!

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If you have the chance to visit Mishima City in the eastern part of Shizuoka Prefecture I would recommend you to visit the Clematis Gardens, the more for it that they offfer a free limousine service from and to Mishima JR Station!

The Gardens include a large museum showing the works of Bruno Maroni but his most remarkable creations are exhibited all year round in the very large park either on the luscious lawns or in front of other buildings!

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I had a good laugh at this particular statue as the Japanese are a very voyeuristic people!

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And the laugh continued when looking at the man from the back!

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Is he surprised, worried or perplexed?

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