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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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Suzuhiro, celebrating Japan`s culinary traditions

Handred is a website/ celebrating the tradition and art of Japanese handmade goods. On the website soy sauce, miso, sake, vinegar, and Suzuhiro Kamaboko are featured.

Sake, soy sauce, vinegar, mirin, kamaboko, and tea.“HANDRED” is a group formed by six craftsmen of these traditional Japanese foods.

The name “HANDRED” is derived from the fact that these foods are:
Made by the HANDS of skilled craftsmen To preserve Japanese taste and tradition that is vanishing (RED)
With the intent to pass them down to future generations of the next HUNDRED years.

Delicate handmade taste which cannot be achieved through mass production and handed down for generations since as early as Edo period; High skills, depth and potential that permeates Japanese food culture; These are the things we strive to increase awareness of and spread to the world and to the future through various activities.

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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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.

Mikura Soba Restaurant

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Soba Mikura uses the delicious soba from the Northern Japanese island of Hokkaido with the famed spring water of the Hakone Mountains to make a wonderful homemade soba noodle. You can enjoy your meal in a renovated traditional Japanese building.

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The menu let`s you choose from a number of different options. “Zaru Soba” is a refreshing chilled way to eat soba noodles popular in summer. Noodles are dipped in a broth and enjoyed. There is also a soba dish with fried Kamaboko and more to choose from.

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The wonderful surroundings of the traditional building give a wonderful atmosphere to your meal.

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There are also Udon noodles available. Udon are thick flour noodles that are served in a rich broth. This is a Nabe-Yaki Udon set only served in the winter time to warm you on those cold Japanese days. There are other Udon dishes served throughout the year as well.

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Soba is also often enjoyed as a hot dish. There are different options to choose from. The one pictured above is hot soba topped with slices of roasted duck and a garnish of the yuzu citrus.

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Soba Mikura is open from 11:00 to 5:00 with the last order being at 4:30. There are no reservations needed.

Elennagosso Buffet Restaurant

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Elenagosso is a buffet restaurant serving local and fresh food from the Odawara area. The farm to table concept is on display in the fresh and eclectic choices. The options for lunch are plentiful and give you a chance to explore the tastes of the area. Menus change everyday, reflecting the season and freshness of the foods. You have to ability to taste and enjoy different Kamaboko, eat fresh vegetables, taste fresh tempura, and more.

Elennagosso is open on the weekdays from 11:00-2:45 and 3:00-5:00pm. Adults are ¥1,900 and children are ¥950 for lunch. From 3:00 -5:00 sweets and light meals are served for ¥1,300 and ¥650.

On the weekends you can enjoy the buffet from 9:30-5:00pm Adults are ¥1,500 and children ¥750 for the weekend brunch (9:30-11:00) and ¥2200 for adults and ¥1,100 for children at lunch times(11:00-5:00).

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The buffet style restaurant features fresh vegetables and a colorful assortment of fruit and desserts. There is a kitchen area that prepares an assortment of meat for you as well. Chicken, beef, and seafood are served and change to reflect the season and freshness of available products.

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The popular Odawara restaurant is a great opportunity to taste and enjoy the different types of Kamaboko that Suzuhiro produces. The good food can also be paired with the local Odawara craft beer, Hakone Beer, which is made right next door!

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The wonderful assortment of dishes gives you a chance to try different foods, styles, and products. This child friendly restaurant is great for everyone and offers diners wonderful options to taste and discover the flavors of Odawara, Hakone, and Suzuhiro.

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If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at anytime.

Odawara Station Beer Bar

A new addition to all the wonderful culinary experiences you can have is the standing beer bar located just steps from Odawara Station. The Hakone Beer bar features a number of local brews created and produced by the local Hakone Beer Brewery.

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There are interesting and delicious brews on tap that reflect the character and personality of different local regions. You can choose from Odawara Ale, Hakone Pilsner, Ashigara Weizen, Koyurugi Brown, and Kazamatsuri Stout. The beers are made made using the finest ingredients and from spring water from the base of the Hakone mountains. The Hakone Beer has won a number of awards in domestic and international competition for it`s wonderful blend or hops and barley.

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Hakone Beer is made by Suzuhiro in harmony with nature and to compliment the subtly flavors and tastes of Japanese foods. The beer bar also has an eclectic menu of local specialties, such as kamaboko, that go incredibly well with the local beer. Kamaboko is a local Odawara specialty that resembles a pate or sausage of fresh ground fish.

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The shop is just steps from Odawara station. The convenient location makes it a great stop on your way to or from Odawara Castle or when you are on an exploration of the beautiful city. The shop closes at 6:00pm so enjoy early.

 

Odawara and Kamaboko

Odawara is a beautiful city located between the calm bountiful shores of Sagami Bay and the mountains of Hakone. Sagami bay opens up into the Pacific Ocean and has been a resource providing Odawara with a wonderful and eclectic selection of fish.

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Fish is the essential part of making kamaboko, but what sets the area apart from other places in Japan is the proximity to the mineral rich spring water filtered through the Hakone mountains. These two factors lead to exceptionally tasting and textured kamaboko.

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Odawara is also an important stop on the famed Tokaido Road leading from the imperial and cultural capitol of Kyoto and the commercial and political capitol of Tokyo. Travelers along this road have enjoyed Odawara and Suzuhiro products for generations. We invite you to experience the same.

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The Art of Suzuhiro

Many of the beautiful designs used across the Suzuhiro packaging and print material is made using a traditional Japanese art called Katazome.

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Katazome (型染め) is a Japanese method of dyeing fabrics using a resist paste applied through a stencil. The stencils used by the Suzuhiro artists are cut by hand. With this kind of resist dyeing, a rice flour mixture is applied using a brush or a tool such as a palette knife. Pigment is added by hand-painting or immersion in a dye. Where the paste mixture covers and permeates the cloth, dye applied later will not penetrate.

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Katazome on thin fabrics shows a pattern through to the back; on thicker or more tightly woven fabrics, the reverse side is a solid color, usually indigo blue for cotton fabrics. The stencils are properly placed and the panels joined carefully and exhibit a beautiful and natural pattern. The handmade qualities and skill of the Katazome are refined over years.

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One attraction of katazome was that it provided an inexpensive way for over-all patterns similar to expensive woven brocades to be achieved on cotton. As with many everyday crafts of Japan it developed into a respected art form of its own.

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The Suzuhiro designs change with the seasons and products, trying to represent the packaged goods and detail given to the creation of each product. We encourage you to come and explore the beautiful world of katazome with Suzuhiro.

 

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!