Category: Experience

4/29 – 6/19 Hakone Marquetry Special Exhibit

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Hakone Marquetry is known as Yosegi Zaiku and is recognized by the Japanese government as one of Japan`s most important traditional crafts. Yosegi Zaiku started in the mountain village of Hatajuku in Hakone. There are still craftspeople there continuing this centuries old local tradition.

Suzuhiro is proud to present one of the finest collections of Yosegi work in the world. This collection also holds marquetry works from other part of the world. This is a rare event showcasing the techniques and art from hundreds of years ago. The exhibit is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm and is free to the public.

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Hakone Zaiku uses the natural colors of different woods and the meticulous hands of the craftspeople to create world of art. Wood of different color and consistency are connected to form geometric patterns in blocks. These blocks are then shaved producing a intricate and complex pattern with warm natural tones.

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A special exhibit at Suzuhiro Kamaboko Village of 150 items from the world`s finest collection of Hakone marquetry from the private collection of Teruhiko Kaneko. Hakone marquetry is the local woodcraft with roots in Hakone`s Hatajuku going back hundreds of years. It is recognized as one of Japan`s traditional crafts. It has gained world attention for the craftsmanship, detail, and beauty of each handmade item.

smal yosegi boxTheSuzuhiro Kamaboko Village is located between Hakone and Odawara. Just steps from Kazamatsuri train station. The exhibition is on the 3rd floor of the Kamaboko Museum, a part of the Kamaboko Village.. Accessible by bus or train. You can also enjoy the local craft beer brewed here and a Kamaboko making experience, Odawara`s local culinary speciality. Open 9:00 to 5:00

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Enjoy Asakusa

The Asakusa area of Tokyo has many culturally significant sites, historical buildings, and lots of wonderful food to try.

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The compact nature of the area allows you to explore on foot. In Asakusa, Suzuhiro has craft beer and freshly roasted Chikuwa that you can take out on a walk through the wonderful neighborhood.

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A “Good Fortune” is the them for many products and the Chikuwa is especially unique. The warm freshly roasted fish cake is served on a bamboo stick. Be sure to check your stick to get your fortune!

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About Suzunari Market

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The Suzunari Market is a wonderful place to explore the tastes and products of Suzuhiro and the Odawara area. There are a number of different places to eat, shop, or just learn more about the area and Kamaboko.

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The Kamaboko bar is a great chance to get an introduction to the tastes and differences in Kamaboko. Sit at a counter and order a small plate of Kamaboko with an assorted arrangement of different Kamaboko. Choose a local green tea, local craft beer, or sake to compliment your tasting. The small Kamaboko bar gives you a chance to interact with staff and learn more about Kamaboko.

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Suzuhiro has a wide selection of different products in addition to Kamaboko. You can walk the floor of the market and taste different products. Local craft beer, fresh fish, gelato, and much more is here for you to discover.

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Take a break and enjoy a traditional Japanese sweet with a cup of local green tea at the Koyurugi Cafe. “Ohagi” is a rice based sweet with different toppings that can be enjoyed throughout the year. The most common ohagi are coated with sweet red bean paste or kinako, sweet powdered soy bean.

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The Shiokaze Cafe is a comfortable and relaxing area to enjoy cakes and sweets. Many of these products used local fruit from the hills and fields around Odawara. Enjoy the popular fruit jams and creamy gelato while watching the trains pass. The Suzunari Market is a wonderful place to explore and discover local products and taste traditional Japanese foods at your own pace. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments.

Experience the Making of Kamaboko

A visit to the Suzuhiro Kamaboko Village in Odawara will give you an opportunity to try your skills and hands at making this artful culinary treat. There are certified “Kamaboko Master” who have trained for years to make the perfect shape and texture of our Kamaboko. The “Kamaboko Masters”  will take part in the Kamaboko making class and show you the technique and beauty to making a perfect Kamaboko.

340_152There are classes held everyday of the week and consist of making a Kamaboko on a small wood pallet and a Chikuwa on a bamboo stick. However only the Chikuwa making is available on Wednesdays because of the Kamaboko making schedule.

kamaboko odawara chikuwaThere is no reservation needed, but classes often fill up quickly on the weekends, Saturday and Sunday, and it is a good idea to reserve a space ahead of time through the internet reservation platform or a call to the Kamaboko Museum. A walk in is also possible if there are open spaces. The classes often last about and hour and a half and will be hands on. The tools and instructions will be provided. The skill level required is very low and is suitable for children to enjoy as well.

experienceWe start by having you wear an apron and hair net to ensure cleanliness and have you wash your hand thoroughly. The area you will be making your Kamaboko and Chikuwa will be designated ahead of time when you reserve a space in the experience. Walk up to the table and start your experience.

4 kneadingThe classes will be guided by trained staff and the explanation is well done using a projector and proximity to the staff. Enjoy your time and have fun comparing your creation with the professional`s.

kamaphoto02-3After you make your Kamaboko and Chikuwa the Suzuhiro staff will cook them for you. The Kamaboko will be steamed and require about an hour to be picked up after your class finishes. The Chikuwa will be grilled and take less then 20 minutes until you can enjoy your delicious creation. Have fun and enrich your visit to Japan by making a wonderful traditional Japanese food!