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Report on the 2nd Delicious Lalala Dining, a one-day feast hosted by up-and-coming Japanese chefs (Part XNUMX)
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Shizuoka Prefecture is promoting gastronomy tourism in order to promote tourism by taking advantage of its advantage as a nation's top-class "kingdom of food products". As part of this effort, on Thursday, February 2024, 2, the ``15nd Delicious Lalara Dining'' was held at the ``Fujinokuni Tea City Museum.''

This time's dining concept is "Fuji no Kuni's new Japanese cuisine."
In this era of global boiling, where there is a growing awareness of being more eco-friendly, what can chefs do in Shizuoka Prefecture, which is blessed with a variety of ingredients? Two of Shizuoka's most up-and-coming Japanese chefs, who are also known as ``Creators of Fujinokuni's Food Capital'', have teamed up to take on the challenge of creating new Japanese cuisine using their ideas and techniques. It was an event to express our gratitude for everything from the sea to the mountains, and to connect the richness of Shizuoka's food from ancient times to the future.

15:50 Guided facility tour, premium tea ceremony
17:00 Dining
19: 30 ending

Fujinokuni Tea Capital Museum
Address: 3053-2 Kanaya Fujimicho, Shimada City, Shizuoka Prefecture
TEL: 0547-46-5588

Experience the tea culture of Shizuoka Prefecture at the Fujinokuni Tea Capital Museum.

Fujinokuni Tea Capital Museum opened in 2018 on the Makinohara Plateau, the largest tea plantation in Japan. This is a museum where you can learn about tea through exhibits about the tea industry, culture, history, folklore, and functionality, as well as experiences such as tea picking, tea rolling, matcha grinding, and tea ceremony.
We also offer suggestions on Japanese culture that can be enjoyed with tea, such as Japanese gardens and Kobori Enshu's Kireisabi. It is a comprehensive museum where you can learn about various things about tea.

The Fujinokuni Tea Capital Museum was established in the former Shimada City Ocha no Sato, which consisted of a museum, tea room, garden, and commercial center, and was named the base of the Tea Capital Shizuoka. The exterior features a blown-in wall made of wood from Shizuoka Prefecture. The museum offers a variety of attractions that can be easily visited.

On the day of the event, participants were divided into two groups and guided by staff to tour various exhibits.
The first place we were guided was the Mt. Fuji Observation Hall, located on the third floor of the museum at an altitude of 3 meters. While enjoying the Shizuoka tea "Tsuyuhikari", we looked out at the Japanese garden in the museum, the Oigawa River, and Shimada City below.

Next, we headed to the "Tea of ​​the World" corner, which is also on the third floor of the museum. In addition to a restored space of a Chinese teahouse and a Turkish restaurant, teas from around the world, including black tea and various Chinese teas, as well as utensils for drinking tea, were exhibited, allowing visitors to learn about tea cultures outside of Japan.

The second floor of the museum has a corner devoted to "Japanese Tea, Shizuoka Tea." There was a video showing how the tea is rolled by hand, as well as a tea-making machine.

Next, we moved to the tea room ``Shomokuro'', where a ``Premium Dining Tea Ceremony'' was held for that day only.
This is a unique assortment for this day, including a hanging scroll by the master master Hounsai, ``Keikai Issuka,'' as well as incense containers and flower vases. The participants looked a little nervous as they enjoyed their tea while being taught the etiquette of the tea ceremony.

There was also a nerikiri demonstration by Confectionery Takagi in Fuji City. Two types of Mt. Fuji Japanese sweets decorated with daffodils and plum blossoms are made with delicate hands while receiving explanations about the tools used to make Japanese sweets. The participants couldn't help but sigh as they watched the craftsmen's craftsmanship.
These nerikiri were taken home as souvenirs.

The tea room that served as the venue is a restored tea room designed by Kobori Enshu, a famous tea master from the Edo period. It consists of restored parts of Takimotobo and Fushimi Magistrate's Residence at Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine in Kyoto.
The adjacent garden is a reconstruction of the east garden of the Sento Imperial Palace at Gomizu-no-in, which was also designed by Enshu Kobori. It is a pond-style garden where you can go boating, and a boat-style garden, and these elements have also been restored.
While listening to these explanations, I was able to get a strong sense of Japanese culture and tea culture during the Edo period.

The second part is a report on the dining event. [Click here for report]

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