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Reasonable Sushi Restaurant: Uogashi inside Shizuoka JR Station!

Service: A bit shy but very friendly
Equipment & Facilities:: Very clean overall. Shared washroom in Asty, very clean and modern
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Mainly local fish and seafood. Hot meals also served. Good sake list

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Uogashi Sushi/魚がし鮨 is the major sushi restaurant chain in Shizuoka Prefecture ( a total of 40+ establishments including those at Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Yokohama and Nagoya), but with a big difference: most of the fish and seafood are local, especially from Numazu Harbor where the company started. Expect the freshest quality at very reasonable prices!
You will find this particular restaurant in the ASTY Corridor inside Shizuoka JR Station.
I would advise you to choose a seat at the counter (the prices are the same everywhere!) just inside on the right as it is non-smoking and at a far enough distance from the smokers’ seats!

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Since they have 5 or 6 of them at all times, ask for a local sake!
Although it was lunch time I had this “Karakuchi/Dry” by Fuji-Takasago Brewery in Fujinomiya City. Report coming soon!

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The interesting thing in this particular establishment is that they serve whale meat in at least 7 different fashions!

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Whalemeat sushi nigiri!

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Whalemeat sashimi plate!

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Served with grated ginger and finely chopped scallions you dip together in soy sauce!

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Whalemeat brochettes/”kujira Kushi Yaki”!

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The meat has a solid bite, very similar to beef!

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Among the specialties from Shizuoka Prefecture, raw “shirasu” is a must!

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These are the whiting of a variety of sardine called “kata kuchi iwashi” in Japanese!
Raw, it is usually served with grated ginger and finely chopped scallions!

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Another glass of sake! Garyuubai by Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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This particular fish can be very dangerous if you mistake it for the wrong variety! Globe fish or puffer, called “fugu” in Japanese!

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No need to dip it in soy sauce as it is served already seasoned with momijioroshi/grated daikon with chili powder and jelly!

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Now, this particular dish makes use of two Shizuoka specialties!
It’s called Sakura Ebi Tororo Age!

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“Sakura ebi” stands for “Cherry shrimps” caught off the Suruga Bay shore.
“Tororo” stands for “grated Japanese yam”!
“Age” stands for “Deep-fried”!

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Tamago Yaki for dessert, of course!

Expect more visits as I haven’t exhausted the whalemeat menu yet!

UOGASHI SUSHI/魚がし鮨
ASTY SHIZUOKA RESTAURANT (West Asty)
420-0851 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Kurogane, 47 (inside Shizuoka JR Station)
Tel.: 054-286-2276
Opening hours: 11:00~22:30 (last orders until 21:30)
Closed on January 1st
Credit cards OK

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Sushi: Why You Should Eat It Away From Tokyo!

This is an article bond to tickle some into self-righteous reactions but it will help visitors to Japan to discover the genuine article if they have the will to delve into the true gastronomic culture of this incredible country instead of limiting themselves to cliches and preconceptions acquired back home!

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Home-made Taraba crab Chirashizushi.

Tokyo is Tokyo, and like Paris, London and where else, it might be a place where you can eat (up to a point) and enjoy great Japanese food but it produces next to nothing and is always unashamedly borrowing from the gastronomy of other regions.

It is particularly obvious when it comes to sushi.
Sushi was not invented in Tokyo, or Edo for that matter, as many tend to believe when they eat Edomae Sushi, which is only one form among a plethora of styles. To begin with, edomae sushi/Tokyo sushi is made with little truly fresh fish. Actually edomae sushi was a style created by stalls in the streets to be served at all times of the day and night with preserved fish or seafood. Even now the internationally praised sushi restaurants in Tokyo use few fresh ingredients. Almost all is arranged, albeit artistically, for best conservation while served with haughty pride and consequently impossible prices.

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Large rainbow roll at Sushi Ko in Shizuoka City.

But what about Tsukiji Market and its “great” sushi bars?
Unfortunately Tsukiji is only a market conceived for a sprawling metropolis, and while many a gastronome, reporters and critics included, falls into the touristic trap conscientiously organised with local and international media, it is devised first and all to feed untold numbers.
The “great” sushi bars serving “great” sushi at “great” prices are only cleverly making a mercantile use of leftovers.
Incidentally there is a misconception of tuna being all brought to Tsukiji Market before anywhere else. It is not. The greatest part of the Japanese tuna, and bonito, catch is first unloaded in the harbor of Shimizu in Shizuoka City. Actually Tokyo has first to wait that fish and seafood has reached a port somewhere else in Japan before even announcing availability on their stalls. Tujkiji Market is after all only a dealer/auction market!

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Flying fish sashimi in Yakushima Island, Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu Island.

Why don’t you take your suitcase, camera and chopsticks and board a train, bus or ship ( a plane will do, too) and start exploring the shores of this beautiful archipelago?
Frankly speaking, the choice of venues is an impossible embarrassment!

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Vegan sushi in Shizuoka City! You will not find it in Tokyo, unless you are either ready to fork out stupid prices or make it yourself!

Even in my own Prefecture of Shizuoka I would have to recommend you at least half a dozen establishments, all authentic, reasonable and serving sublime food. For example you would have to visit Yui for fresh sakura ebi/cherry shrimps, Kambara for aji/horse mackerel, Omaezaki for fresh shirasu/sarine whiting, Numazu City for fresh katsuo/bonito, Sagara for long and silvery tachiuo/scabbard fish and strange yagara/trumpet fish, Yaizu and Ogawa again for tuna and bonito, Shimoda for kinmedai and all kinds of seabream, and Hamana Lake for conger eel, eel, and oysters. And I have only started!

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Another sushi millefeuille at Sushi Ko in Shizuoka City!

Any region with a shore in Japan has the ingredients and the skills to offer beautiful, tasty and reasonable creations without having to resort to dubious artifices.

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The real “oyakodon/parent and child sushi bowl” with fresh sea salmon and its roe in Wakkanai, Hokkaido Island!

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And do not expect to find fresh wasabi, root, stem, leaves, flowers and all as it is not grown in Tokyo!
You will find it there but for what prices and how fresh?
We are lucky here in Shizuoka as we witnessed its birth in Utogi, Shizuoka City in the 17th Century!

Please note this is only a short essay to entice you into some delightful thinking and research!

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Japanese Gastronomy on stamps: Sushi and Tempura!

Japanese gastronomy lovers and philatelists rejoice!
The Japanese Post is going to issue two very important stamps on October 30th!

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The stamps will be issued in sheets of ten stamps, priced at 18 yen each.
This has become necessary with the consumption tax raise!

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Although the size, format and design of the stamps and min-sheet might be that of commemorative stamps, they are actually a temporary regular stamps!

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Sushi and tempura!

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Sushi: Uogashi Stand at Parche Supermarket (Part 1)!

If you go to the Supermarket in Parche inside Shizuoka JR Station, that is, through the middle corridor leading you between the track entrances you will eventually reach a large stand just beyond the the wasabi and the green tea stand held bu Uogashi.
Uogashi is a famous sushi company from Numazu City with sushi restaurants in Shizuoka City and even in Yokohama!
They incidentally also have a restaurant in the Acty section of Shizuoka Station.
This is an introductory report as I succeeded in convincing their manager to interview them at work!

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The left side of the big stand!

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Suhi nigiri individually wrapped and sold separately with or without wasabi. I haven’t counted yet, but there must be over 3 dozen different varieties!
Just have a good look and compose you lunch/dinner/snack!

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Tamagoyaki. Inari zushi, Egg roll sushi, etc.!

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Ssuhi assortments and sushi bento at very reasonable prices!
The reason for they freshness and reasonable prices is that Uogashi gets most its fish directly from Fishermen in the Prefecture and elsewheer!

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Te-maki zuhi/hand-made conical sushi rolls!
The seaweeed is being kept dry in a special wrapping until you open it yourself!

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More extremely reasonable sushi sets!
They might be cheap, but you will not find the same quality for that price in Tokyo!
Great for travelers to buy before boarding a train or going to their hotels!

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Rolls, rolls, rolls!
Don’t worry, next time there will be no plastic interfering with the pictures!

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More sushi sets for less than 8.50 US$/6.5 Euros a pack!

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Of course you can order even bigger sets for parties!

Look forward to the next report!

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Shizuoka (& Japanese) Gastronomy: Sushi & Sashimi – Eat Local!

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Saurel pike/Aji from Suruga Bay, Shizuoka Prefecture

Very few people will disagree with the notion that Japan is the ideal place to discover and savour sushi and sashimi in the whole world. Nevertheless, there are a few rules of the thumb to respect, even in this gastronomic paradise.
The overriding rule is that you should try and eat only local fish or seafood.
Tsukiji might be considered a sushi paradise by Tokyoites (it has or will be moved to another location), but the cheap prices enjoyed by tourists cannot conceal the reality: the fish and seafood are “imported” from all over Japan and beyond!
More than often, Edomae (Tokyo) sushi is nothing but a clever way to “dress up” ingredients to lure officionados (and customers) into believing they are eating top quality sushi (with the consequent prices).
Now, if you have the chance and time to explore Japan beyond Tokyo, you will discover an unfathomable treasure trove of gastronomic pleasure and knowledge!
After all, this country is a vast archipelago stretched across greatly different seas and climates, making for a diversity difficult to equal.
So, even if you cannot possibly explore all the shores of this nation, make a point to learn about the food available wherever you choose to stay.
The same goes for residents, not only for their own sake, but for that of their visitors and friends!

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Sushi set with fish all caught in Suruga Bay, Shizuoka Prefecture

You also ought to do some homework. Sushi chefs worthy of their salt will be only too happy to answer questions to genuinely interested customers and come up with revelations of their own.
As an example to illustrate the need for some basic knowledge, in Hokkaido “oyakodon” (“parent and child”) is not cooked chicken and omelette on a bowl of rice, but raw salmon and its roe spread on top the same bowl of rice!
Likewise, the same fish will more than often be sold under a myriad of names.
Many morsels will not be found anywhere else suc as “sakura ebi/cherry shrimps” and fresh”shirasu/sardine whiting” in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Sashimi in most cases has to be perfectly fresh as typified by “kubiore saba” in Yakushima Island where fishermen break the neck (“kubiore”) of mackerels (“saba”) to preserve their quality upon catching. The same fish will be served within a few hours, or less, on the local tables.
On the other hand, tuna sashimi is best consumed first thawed and then ripened for a few days in a refrigerator.
In Hokkaido, large shrimps, especially “botan ebi” will be served only raw, whereas “kuruma ebi” will be first boiled in other regions.

If you ask for “tataki”, make sure it means the whole fish, especially “aji/mackerel pike” that will be served finely cut as tartare atop the dressed fish. And if the fish is really fresh such small and medium fish will have their bones and heads served deep-fried for a beautiful crispy snack!

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Flying Fish/Tobiuo sashimi from Yakushima Island

On the other hand, sushi follows different rules.
Fish and seafood placed on “donburi” (bowl) are usually of the freshly brought variety but fish served as nigiri is prepared in a different way.
The greatest sushi (and this cannot be done in Tsukiji!) are made with fish which has been gutted and cleaned live within seconds, then dressed into strips/fillets left to mature in a refrigerator on clean cloth/kitchen paper. This can be done only with fish caught locally!
The same obviously goes with shellfish and other marine ceatures: One cannot sample better “uni/sea urchin” away from Hokkaido or sakura ebi from Shizuoka.

Vegan and vegetarians, upon finding a restaurant willing to satisfy their priorities should also ask for food grown locally, a search easier than one might think at first as there are many non-meat eaters in this mainly Buddhist country.
The same vegetables will make for the perfect combination when associated with local fish!

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