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Shizuoka sake History: Former Inoue Sake Brewery Kura in Shizuoka City!

August 5, 2014

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“Kura” (in Japanese 蔵 or 倉) means “warehouse” or “Storehouse”.
In traditional Japan, especially during the Edo Era, as most of buildings and urba/village structures were made of wood, fires were the bane of society by and large.
However well-protected a fire would consume a house or buildings and all its properties within minutes.
Hence a special building or warehouse was needed to protect goods and properties against such a catastrophe.
But erecting a storehouse solely made of concrete, stones and some metal cost a vast amount of silver and gold and only rich merchants and nobility could afford them. Even castles could not be built entirely of stone then.

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In kutsunoya Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, near the Atago Shinto Shrine Inoue sake Brewery used to stand there.
Unfortunately when hos father died some 13 years ago, his son working for Shizuoka Bank preferred money over culture and sold most of the land to a sushi restaurant destroying centuries-old tress and walls in the process.
Now only a house where his mother still lives and an abandoned kura bear witness of the past.

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The kura was not pulled down because that part of the land could not be sold and it would cost too much money as the walls are still very solid.
On the hand the inside has been emptied of all past relics and stands empty and forlorn.

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The wooden frame and lintels of the superb windows are going to dust.

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The roofing is still in good repair, though!

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Even an earthquake has little chance to bring it down!

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Tell me, Mr. Inoue, how long will we enjoy its sight?

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2010 Shizuoka Oden Festival with Shizuoka Sake!

February 12, 2010

The 2010 Shizuoka Oden Festival kicked off today!
I made a quick visit in-bewteen work to have a quick snack!

Going to the Aoba Koen/Aoba Park Street behind the City Hall, one just could miss it clearly markde as it was giant red lanterns with “ODEN” wrote on them (in Japanese only, mind you!).

Now, choosing one was a bit of a dilemna!
Knowing that the festival would last until Sunday, I decided to wait until a particularly big and troublesome local TV crew left the premises to get some hot food and a glas of local sake!

The great thing about these oden foodstands (they actually were held by regular izakaya in town) is that most of them made an effort to serve local Shizuoka sake.
Above picture shows Masu Ichi Brewery (Shizuoka City), Shidaizumi Brewery (Fujieda City) and Hana no Mai Brewery (Hamamatsu City)!

But the one I had chosen today (I’m planning to go there again during the week-end!) had some unusual sake:
Hana no Mai Brewery (Hamamatsu City), Kumpai Brewery (Shizuoka City) and Kansagawa Brewery (Yui)!

This foodstand had been erected by “Showa Hormone Izakaya, south of Shizuoka JR Station.

All oden were very typical of Shizuoka-Style (almost every region in Japan has its own style) oden.

In Shizuoka, most oden are skewered with a stick for easier consumption.

“Motsu/kind of tripe”, also very popular here!

Pity I couldn’t tay all evening there. The Festival is held between 5 and 7 p.m. for 3 days. I wonder why they choose the colder time of the year. LOL

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