Eggplants loved by Lord Ieyasu
There is an old saying in Japan that it means good luck if, in the first dream of the year, you see "First Mt. Fuji, second, hawks, and third, eggplants." The eggplants referred to in the saying are none other than the eggplants of Orido, or "Orido-nasu" in Japanese. It is said that Lord Ieyasu himself was fond of them, too. Despite their history of being offered to the Tokugawa family every year, Orido-nasu stopped being grown in the Meiji period. The eggplants which have been recreated using modern technology are round in shape and about 8 to 10cm in diameter, and have a rich taste. The flesh inside is characteristically sweet and resilient to the touch.
Places to try Orido-nasu
|● Nasubi Sohonten|
|Serving period||May to September|
|Address||5-8 Fujimi-cho, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka|
|Phone||+81-54-352-1006 (Japanese only)|
|Opening hours||Lunch time 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Dinner time 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.|
|Holidays||December 31st to January 3rd|
|Price||Orido-nasu Miso Dengaku
* The amount of Orido-nasu available varies according to the weather.
|Access||Take the JR Tokaido Main Line from "Shizuoka Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 10 minutes, alight at "Shimizu Station", and walk for approx. 15 minutes.|
updated on Mar 30, 2018
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