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SAYONARA 2012

SAYONARA 2012

Only 2 days left till the new year. Today, it’s the last day before the New Year’s Holiday at the Sakura House office. How was your 2012? Did you watch the London Olympic game? The prime minister in Japan changed ( again ) Baseball player Hideki “Godzilla” Matsui( used to play for the Yankees ) [...]

TOSHIKOSHI SOBA

TOSHIKOSHI SOBA

Hey guys, How you guys going? Did you guys know about Toshikoshi Soba? It’s our tradition to eat soba on new year’s eve. Why? I knew you would ask. Eating soba on new year’s eve meant to be to connecting the year passing and the year coming. A wise man once said “one’s life suppose [...]

The end of Christmas in Japan

The end of Christmas in Japan

Today, we took down the decorations in the office.  It’s always sad when it’s time for Christmas to finish. I went to a Christmas party in Sakura Cafe Ikebukuro.  There were lots of people there and I had a great time.  My friend James from Aomori Prefecture was there, and together we played music for [...]

Happy holidays!!

Happy holidays!!

It’s Christmas today! Are you enjoying this holiday season?? : )   I wondered about , in which era Japanese started celebrating Christams ? Hmmmn, that is interesting to know.. After visitng few websites, I came up with the information that 1900 A.D. was the year Meiji-Ya(pastry shop)  established their shop in Ginza, and Christmas-generated business has begun.   [...]

Tokyo Mosque Tour

Tokyo Mosque Tour

Hello! Do you have any plans for the new year? There  will be one of Sakura event on January 19th, ” Tokyo Mosque Tour”. We’ll pay a visit to the Tokyo Mosque together with our Egyptian staff. After the tour at the mosque Tokyo Camii, we’ll together return to Sakura Hotel Hatagaya for a taste [...]

2012 Last Futsal Game!!

2012 Last Futsal Game!!

Many things have happened this year, but there are only few days left in this year… When that happens, let’s do the sports together!! So cold outside, we have to bundle up, 16 people gathered up! and assembling 3 teams together, we played in 3 hours!! We’ll definitely be playing again new year, so if anyone is [...]

☆Visit the World Heritage Hiraizumi, Iwate ken – Sakura House Staff Blog☆

☆Visit the World Heritage Hiraizumi, Iwate ken – Sakura House Staff Blog☆

☆The beautiful view of Hiraizumi, Snowing around the area ☆ I have visited Hiraizumi where is Nishiiwai Distric , Iwate ken that is now listed as a World Heritage site in the beginning of December. What a beautiful place! ☆Cover trees to protect it against from snow☆ I was very impressed by the area and would [...]

Sakura House Kamata Renewed!!

Sakura House Kamata Renewed!!

Konnichiwa. For those who’ve been waiting for a good news, our Kamata shared house is done with the work and has freshly re-opened! Kamata has a extremely good access to the Haneda Int’l Airport, Shinagawa, Tokyo, Yokohama, all within 20 min direct train ride! I personally love this area since they still have the good [...]

Sukiyaki

The Nabe Season is Here!

Have you ever had sukiyaki? Sukiyaki is a kind of “nabe” and is as popular as sushi or tempura. Nabe literally means “pot” in Japanese, but it is also a term referring to a wide variety of hot pot dishes. People start thinking about nabe dishes as the winter season approaches. It’s fun to pick the cooked ingredients [...]

THINGS TO DO IN SHOGATSU

THINGS TO DO IN SHOGATSU

Hey Sakura people, How you guys doing? Christmas is absolutely huge in the western world, but Shogatsu means even more for the Japanese people. I would say when in Japan do as the Japanese do. 1. Stay home, just chill out. Don’t do anything but eat ZONI. 2. Eat Osechi. 3. Call your mates and [...]