Numazu – What’s On – April 2012

31 03 2012

Highlighting the best of what’s on in Numazu for April 2012. If you like something click on the link for more details. If you have an event you want to add put it in the comments below.

Beer – Stout. No not the short rotund little man kind. I’m talking dark sexy beer you can chew on. Baird Beer have come up with two amazing stouts this month, Mama’s Milk Stout and Chocolate Wheat Stout. Both coming in at5% alcohol check out their details on their homepage.

Cherry Blossoms (hannabi) – The Numazu Council Newsletter has some great suggestions for Cherry Blossom viewing in the area for this month. Check out the link for tips.

Party – Baird Beer’s annual Cherry Blossom (Hannami) party will be held again this year. Now don’t panic. The crazy ass storm we are experiencing today the 31st of March should lift by nightfall offering clear skies for a great day tomorrow. The even will be on Minato Guchi Park near the View-O (about 100m from the Taproom). There is a 3,000yen all-you-can-drink and a plate of food and, beers will be 500yen (Or you can just go the food plate for 1,000yen and buy beers as you go). I will see you there. 1:00pm-4:00pm April 1

Festival – Ose Festival and Uchiura Fishing Port Festival. These two events run hand-in-hand. They celebrate the Fisherman and bestow good luck and protection on the fishing fleet. The event is a colourful display of fishing vessels and performances. You can get a boat from Numazu port or take a ride down there by bike (approx 1hr). Plenty of great fresh seafood. 7:30-14:30 at Ose Shrine and Uchiura Port. April 4

Cherry Blossom – Along route 1 the cheery blossoms come alive in Hara as they parallel the Numa River. Come along and enjoy the flowers and festivities. April 7

Party – SpeakEz’s Full Moon party will be howling on April 7.

Live – Takahara Pistol will be playing live at SpeakEz on April 13.

DJ – Spazz If You Want is back to pump the night away at Speak EZ on April 14.

Dance – Salsa Night as SpeakEz is always bliss on April 20.

Event – Amakusa Presents at SpeakEz on April 21.

Festival – Spring Festival at the Numazu Imperial Villa – includes market gardens, local produce, bonsai exhibit and more. 9:30 – 16:00 April 21-22

Dance – This just shows that I will put just any old shit in this guide. Square Dancing classes will be held in Numazu this month at the Daigo Chiku center. 19:00-20:00 April 21 and 28

DJ live – ‘Slow to speak’ Eclectic mix of house, techno, new wave and rock at Speak EZ. Free. 21:00-03:00, April 28

Bar – The Numazu Fishmarket Taproom will be extending it’s operating hours for Golden Week from 12:00-12:00 – 29-30 April

If you know of any other event going on this month in the Numazu area feel free to post them in the comments below.





Beija Flor – Getting my Brazilian on – Numazu

8 03 2012

Beija Flor

Finding unusual foreign foods can be difficult sometimes in Numazu. So when I heard that the Brazilian shop on the south side was reopening under new management I was very excited.

Beija Flor, or in English, Hummingbird, is half pastry shop-half specialty food store on Numazu’s south side. As you enter, a large glass display of mostly savory and some sweet pastries gets your mouth watering. There is even a little bench you can sit and enjoy your freshly made pastry before picking up a few groceries. I was all ready to try some of their great looking pastries when a friend of mine I was meeting at the station decided to be ‘on time’ and I had to leave abruptly. How inconsiderate.

While the size of their establishment restricts their range, Beija Flor has an excellent selection of South American specialty foods at very good prices. I was particularly impressed by their wide range of dried beans. Yeah, I know it may seem a little odd to get excited over beans but when you are trying to make something with a little Brazilian flare like a feijoada,, then beans are a must.

Beija Flor’s range also includes an interesting selection of pastes, stocks, and mix that will help you to make the perfect Latin dish. They also have a very good stock of meat cuts – meat on the bone in Japan!!! – and real sausage which you might be missing from home. Finally, there is also an intriguing supply of biscuits, sweets, snacks and soft drink local to Brazil and well worth an explore. I particularly recommend trying the Inca Cola. Now, don’t get your mouth all ready for a cola taste, but be prepared for a very tasty creaming soda.

Beija Flor is a lovely little shop and well worthy of the support of the local expat community.

Phone: 055 952 6706