"Teenage Students Introduce Shizuoka 1" Shimizu Travelogue by taigaa001

Shimizu Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 71 photos

Japanese Public English Education

Japanese English Education starts when the students go on to 7th grade or freshman of Junior High School. Junior High Schoolers are taught limited number of vocabulary not more than 1,000 words. But they tried their best to become the guide of Shizuoka Japan. I was impressed by their works displayed in Suehiro, Jirocho's lodging house for sailors.

Strawberry Picking in Kuno Coast

Ichigogari or Strawberry Picking is one of the popular activities in Shizuoka during January though May. Kuno Coast is sandwiched between Mt. Kuno known as Kunozan Toshoku, recently promoted to National Treasure, and Suguga Bay of pacific coast. Strawberries are grown in greenhouses located on the foot of Mt. Kuno. Yammy? It is hit or miss in my experience but picking itself is really fun indeed.

World OCHA(Tea) Festival

Sekai Ocha Matsuri, or World Tea Festival is the international event held in Shizuoka once in every three years. Last World Tea Festival took place in 2010.
The meeting focuses on the status of Tea Production, the health benefits of tea products. Probably pesticide and radioactivity level issues will be raised in coming tea festival in 2013. Various kinds of tea products from all over the world are displayed and Japanese tea produced in Shizuoka. Shizuoka prefecture produces about a half of Japanese green tea.

Daidogei World Cup

Daidogei World Cup is an international championship competiton of street performers including some pro performers. This year(2011) the Daidogei event will be held from Thursday November 3rd to Sunday November the 6th.
See cheesecake 17's video on the event held in 2009

Citrus Fruits

Mikan is Japanese citrus fruit, Citrus Unshiu, commonly called Satsuma, or Japanese mandarine orange. Shizuoka used to be one of the top producers of citrus fruits but not any more. Today, many citrus farmers grow larger variants just like what are produced in California. When Japanese call a mikan, it usually means a Citrus Unshiu, seedless mandarine orange. Larger citrus variants with thicker peel are also called mikan such as Natsumikan(Citrus Natsudaidai) or Hassaku(Citrus Hassaku) but it is rather like what Japanese recognize as ORENJI, Japanese word for Orange. In agricultural definition ORENJI is variants with Citrus Sinensis and vast majority of "Oranges" are imported from the United States.

Shirasu

What Japanese call "Shirasu" , teeny white-colored baby fish about one inch long, often refers to baby sardine. It is often used in Japanese dish. Shizuoka produces about one seventh of total baby sardine production in Japan.

Shizuoka Oden

Oden is a winter soup dish with various kinds of ingredients such as boiled eggs, potatoes, daikon radish, kombu(black seaweed), fish-pastes, daikon radish and so on. In Shizuoka it is often skewered. Shizuoka Oden is said to be dipped in soup with stronger taste than the those in the rest of Japan.

Unagi Pie

Unagi Pie is one of the most popular Shizuoka souvenirs. It is a product by Shunkado Co.,Ltd confectionary firm based in Hamamatsu. The product name carries Unagi(Japanese word for eel) because it includes the extract of eel. The confectionary also blends garlic and other flavorings to taste good. You can purchase Unagi Pie products almost any souvenir shops in Shizuoka prefecture and the author found it sold even in Hakone!!

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