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03/13/2012 [Tue]

Numazu Deep Sea Aquarium [Numazu]

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A newly established aquarium, “Numazu Deep Sea Aquarium” in Numazu Port offers the opportunity to see varieties of deep-sea fish around Suruga Bay, the deepest ocean in Japan ! I, as a fish lover, visited it to see what it was like. Deep-sea is the world of mystery or I would say, the treasure of mysteries. Now let’s get in ! ^^
The first thing I found was something really curious. It looks like a sow bug but it lives in the sea of 200 – 2500m deep ! See the pic anyway.

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What surprised me most was its size ! Huge, actually. About 50cm ! Creepy but intriguing, isn’t it ? They said all customers stopped in front of this creature to gaze into it, which often made a line to the entrance gate. They surely would !
I made my way down the aisle, looking into enigmatic creatures, and stepped into a large room with a huge fish tank. It was really lucky for me to be there because it was just the moment when a new fish caught only an hour before was let in the tank, which was absolutely one of the most unusual fish of the world.

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Ever heard of “Rabuka”, Frilled Shark ? It lives about 1000m deep and, according to the director, it’s almost never seen alive in the aquarium even through the world. He looked really exited then. How long can I let him stay alive, why is he swimming with his head down, question after question, he was talking to himself. However, the next day, it died. All his efforts finished in vain. Anyway, I was one of the few witnesses. Very sorry, though.

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I went on to the next room, which is the highlight of Numazu Deep Sea Aquarium. Already extinct, maybe we never doubt it. But discovered in 1938. It lives unchanged since 350 million years ago. Can you imagine what I’m talking about ? Yes, Coelacanth, the living fossil ! The real stuffed specimen and cryopreservation can be seen only at Numazu Deep Sea Museum in Japan. They possess 5 of them.

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Why do they have such long fins ? To walk on the sea bottom ? Why haven’t they been evolved for hundreds of millions of years ? Mysteries still left undetected.
By the way, you can also experience the taste of deep-sea fish at the restaurants around the aquarium. I was really stupid then to have finished lunch at other sushi restaurant, not knowing deep-sea fish menu. So maybe you try it and let me know by all means !

Numazu Deep Sea Aquarium
Access : 15 minutes by bus from JR Numazu Station
Admission : ¥1600/adult, ¥800/child
Open Hours : 10:00 – 18:00 (– 19:00 in July and August ) Open 7 days a week

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02/28/2012 [Tue]

Fish Farming Tour at Uchiura Fishing Port, Numazu City [Numazu]

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A unique tour has just started in Numazu City, Shizuoka. As you know, we Japanese love seafood and Japan’s fish culture industry is thus well developed in the world. Now, here is a great opportunity that you can learn real fish farming on the real fishing boat ! The tour takes 1.5 – 2.0 hours with wonderful Sashimi lunch ! Sounds good ?

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The tour is carried out by the Fisheries Cooperative Association of Uchiura fishing port. They just held an experimental tour the other day and I, always crazy for seafood, joined it without any question !^^ As far as I know, this will be the only tour for fish farming in Shizuoka. If you are as passionate as I am about seafood, enjoy the morning fish auction of Numazu Port, too ! Anyway, let me go ahead about this tour.

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It was a beautiful day. About 30 participants got on the boat and we left away from the port to the farming spots. Although Mt.Fuji cannot be seen from the port, we could find astonishingly wonderful & beautiful Mt. Fuji from the boat ! This can be definitely another part of this tour. It took us 5 minutes or so to the farm. They mainly cultivate Aji ( horse mackerel ) and Tai ( Sea Bream ) and you can also feed these fish on the spot. It was really overwhelming to see fish thronging around the bait. I tried many times to take nice pictures of sea breams in vain. You know, they were moving too fast !

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After the boat tour, we were led to the fish-processing factory to see how Himono ( half-dried salted fish ) is cooked. We talked for a while to ask several questions and went back to the market to enjoy Himono outside ! Char-grilled. Mmm, delicious !^^

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After the himono party, we had lunch with fresh sashimi of Aji & Tai. I could tell they had been alive a few minutes before from the texture of the fish meat. Trust me, I’m really kind of pro about seafood ! See the transparent-looking slices of sashimi. You can’t find it in supermarket nor even in fish market. Perfect in every aspect !
Anyway, this is the story about basic tour and some options are still available by your request. Sashimi cooking, fish catch and the like. Please feel free to ask us for further information. I show the details of the tour on the bottom.

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Fish farm Tour at Uchiura Fishing Port
Tour Fee : ¥3,500/adult ¥2,500/child ( Sashimi Lunch included )
Tour menu : ・Fishing boat boarding. ・Fish farm tour ・Feeding ・Lunch
※ Tour available from 10 – 30 passengers
※ Lunch-only group acceptable
※ Booking required. ( R=10% for travel agencies )

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07/15/2011 [Fri]

Numazu Goyotei Memorial Park [Numazu]

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After fully satisfied with Numazu Port, I visited “Numazu Goyotei Memorial Park” which was established in 1893 and was used by successive emperors and imperial families of Meiji, Taisho, and Showa Era for 77 years until it was abandoned in 1969. Considering the moderate climate of Shizuoka, spectacular Suruga Bay right in front, and splendid seafood landed in Numazu Port, maybe I can tell why they chose this place for the resort villa.^^

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They say that Goyotei villa had 3 mojor mansion houses. That is, Main house, West annex and East Annex. Sorry for the Main villa burnt down during the war. Currently, a History Museum is instead open on the site.
Now, the West House has become its main attraction. It used to be used as a villa for the Meiji Emperor’s grandchild ( that is, Showa Emperor ) and is now renovated, keeping the original palace architecture to the utmost extent. Of course, you can walk through the house ! I did, surprisingly commodious, almost got lost. I wonder how many servants were there. Historically, in Japan or China, we used to use the word “Nanmen ― Facing to the south” for the emperors. I was not sure then if his room was facing to the south but I found one outstanding point that indicated his room. Can you guess what it was ? The height. They stayed in one-step higher room than other servants. It also tells our culture.^^
Furniture and household goods are left almost as they were. Breathtakingly gorgeous. Especially, emperor’s throne ! Real one. The Imperial crest of the chrysanthemum can be found everywhere ! What did he think of sitting on the throne ?

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In about 5 minutes after leaving the West house, I found a café named “Shume”. Shume is an old Japanese job title that is said to handle ruler’s horse. The stable beside it tells that. I stepped into Shume to have a coffee and Heda salt gelato. Believe it or not, the gelato was fantastic. The sweetness of salt, you know ?^^

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I walked for a while again and found History and Folklore Museum on the original site of Main villa. There, you can learn the history of fishery industry and fishing equipment of Numazu Port. By the way, I’ve heard that the Main villa was 10 times as large as the museum. Can you imagine ?^^;

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Further 10 minute walk finally took me to the East house. It was used as a study room for the Emperor’s grandchild. Stepping into it, I saw many large Japanese rooms which are currently used for public communications. In the back garden is a house for tea ceremony. This has indeed a very historical atmosphere for the reproduction of “Taian” in Kyoto designed by Sen-no Rikyu.

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There are lots more in Imperial Villa Park. It took me more than 2 hours to walk around taking pictures. Please be sure to have a leaflet of foreign languages such as English and Chinese at the reception desk.^^

Have a good day !

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Numazu Goyotei Memorial Park
Access from Numazu Sta. : 15 minutes by bus to “Goyotei-mae”
Open Hours : 9:00 – 16:30( Open 7 days a week except the year-end and new-year days )
Admission : ¥400 for adults /¥200 for children


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07/14/2011 [Thu]

Numazu Fishing Port ― for shopping, eating, and viewing [Numazu]

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I stayed in Numazu Tokyu Hotel on the day before visiting Numazu fish market INO because otherwise I could not be in time for the auctions. I took a plan then with breakfast. To my delight, there were some choices for breakfast. In the hotel restaurant, or fish market ! I took the latter because I had to check out there by 5:30 the next day.
With that reason, I visited the designated fish restaurant “Maruten” in Numazu Fishing Port for breakfast after enjoying INO. It’s so popular that we have to wait in line for lunch or dinner. What’s waiting me for breakfast ?^^
There already had been quite a few people in front of Maruten even though it was only a few minutes after 7:00. The breakfast was stunningly gorgeous ! Maybe too luxurious for breakfast.^^; “Maruten-don” the No1 dish of Maruten. Fresh sashimi of tuna, salmon, horse mackerel, shirasu baby sardines and, best of the best specialties from Suruga Bay, sakura-ebi shrimp, and more !

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← Maruten-don♪

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After enjoying the breakfast, I went to “Numazu Goyotei Memorial Park” ( I’ll report it next time ) and came back to Numazu fishing port again for lunch.^^
First, I stepped in “Shinsen-kan”, the fresh market for shopping. Sort of shopping mall for seafood. I bought some “Himono”, dried seafood originally for preservation and a specialty of Numazu, for my family and headed for a restaurant nearby. Yes, Sushi !

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shops and restaurants in Shinsenkan

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This time, I stepped in “Isomaru” only because it seemed not expensive.^^ I was astonished, when I got in there, because the sushi chefs were ladies. I took 2 sets of assorted sushi. They cost less than ¥1000 ! Believe that ?^^

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So, what’s up after lunch ? “View-o”, the humongous water gate for Tsunami tidal waves ! I would dare say “the guardian of Numazu” ! See how huge it is ? The upper corridor is open for tourists. You can expect spectacular 360°panoramic views from there ! The height of 30m allows you to look into the far distance; the cities, beautiful sea, magnificent mountains, and maybe your hometown.^^ Kidding aside, the scenery is fantastic, especially in the evening. Maybe, for dating. Could be so romantic if God feels good on the day.

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Numazu Minato “Shinsen-kan”
Access from JR Numazu Station : 10 minutes by bus, or 30 minutes on foot
Admission : Free
Open Hours : Basically 9:00 – 16:00 ( or 17:00 )
Closed : Basically the second and fourth Tuesday every month
Large-scaled Watergate “Viewo”
Access from JR Numazu Station : 10 minutes by bus, or 30 minutes on foot
Admission : ¥100 for adults /¥50 for children
Open Hours : 10:00 – 21:00
Closed : Basically every Tuesday

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07/11/2011 [Mon]

The morning auction at Numazu Fish Market – INO [Numazu]

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At 6:00 in the morning, I got to Numazu Fish Market “INO”. This time, thanks to a staff of the market, I was meant to tour INO. There already were so many onlookers on the second floor gallery despite a weekday early-morning. I looked down on the wholesale floor and found varieties of fishes and a throng of people around them. Right, auction ! Here in INO, not to mention seafood landed on Numazu Port, fresh seafood is carried in from all over Japan. Therefore, licensed buyers and intermediate wholesalers show up from around the country. INO is such a vigorous and exciting market ! Saba mackerel is what is landed most in Numazu, by the way. You like it ?^^

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I was so special that time to be let in the market floor. I felt so excited because you know I love fishes ! Sea breams, flatfishes, squids, mackerels, horse mackerels and many more fishes, all seemed so good to me.^^ The auctions are basically bid by Kg. It goes so fast because seafood must be kept fresh. The live fishes are also traded by bidders with good prices.

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After the tour of the market, the attendant was so let me in the cooled special auction room for big deals. I was so lucky because this room is rarely supposed to be open to the public. The atmosphere was rather strained, no wonder because in this room was auctioned large fishes such as Tuna and Swordfish. Especially tuna.

You know what ? The value of tuna is estimated by the cut meat of tails. Now which one do you prefer ? The upper white-looking one is to be regarded more valuable because the white meat indicates higher portion in fat.

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The purchased frozen Tuna and swordfish are often cut with a large band saw because, you know.^^ Some load them onto the truck to be shipped to the next destination and others carry them to the store or restaurant nearby. On my way back, I saw just-landed fishes in a large container. They sorted them by species, mostly sardines, horse mackerels, and small squids. Large sea breams and cutlass fishes were found sometimes. Other unmarketable fishes are carried away to make them ground for fertilizer. No life is taken for nothing.
By the way, have you ever recognized the meaning of “INO” ? INO is the goddess of the sea in the Greek Myths. Sounds romantic for the name of a fish market, isn’t it ?

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Basically, you can tour the fish market auction from the gallery on the 2nd floor. Groups might be allowed in the market floor for advanced inquiry. For those who are not good at getting up early in the morning, they have 3 restaurants on the second floor. Please enjoy yourself with plenty of fresh seafood at a low cost !

Numazu Fish Market INO
Access from JR Numazu Station : 10 minutes by bus, or 30 minutes walk.
Fish auction hours : 5:45 – 7:00
Admission : Free *closed every Saturday

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