5 new culinary experiences in Shizuoka, Japan: Really? Just Five?
Some things are just better left unsaid. Or written about. The “new” culinary experiences in Shizuoka, Japan may sound tempting to some travellers planning a Japanese escape but seriously, only five new culinary experiences to choose from? Talk about being limited.
The Wasabi Tasting Course
Cultivation process and qualities of wasabi sounds like something everyone is dying to experience but at the end of the day isn’t it still just wasabi-infused dishes? Wasabi might have been given its own importance with an ‘eight-course menu’ dedicated solely for it but what would you tell foodies who want variety?
Become An Expert on Sake
Sake has always had a loyal fan base around the world. So, adding workshops as old as time which includes factory tours can excite enthusiasts and curious learners…or so they say.
Edomae Sushi Making
This three-hour workshop promises to make sushi enthusiasts happy by teaching them how to prepare assorted types of fish and seafood on top of vinegared techniques that will enhance flavoursome ingredients rather than preserve them (an ironic take on preserving traditions perhaps?). Nevertheless, we aren’t particularly excited about making Edomae sushi alone amongst all other modern fusions available around us even though premium locally sourced ingredients are used for this experience.
If sweets satisfy your sweet tooth cravings then the Wagashi Making Workshop could seem ideal for you – there is a variety of sweet bean paste, rice flour and fruity optionsSponsored Product. But seriously? This workshop begins with What Wagashi Is 101?! Are they that low on ideas or do they assume their jam-packed schedule leaves no time for a simple Google search?
Japan’s finest green tea
The last experience highlights the Gyokuro Green Tea – known as the highest quality green teaSponsored Product which has led to its exclusivity as it is mainly produced in three regions in Japan, not just Shizuoka. Apparently, participants will “learn all about this fine type of green tea” including a ‘private’ visit to meet the teaSponsored Product master himself and a lesson on how to brew it correctly (because making regular green teaSponsored Product isn’t enough?).
These five new culinary experiences certainly offer an opportunity but whether they are worth your while or not depends entirely on what kind of traveller you are. If traditional food experiences cut it for you then who knows! You may enjoy any one (or all?) of these limited choices.