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Shūgi-bukuro, a Celebration Envelope

Shūgi-bukuro, a Celebration Envelope

Have you ever been invited to a wedding ceremony in Japan? If you have, you might have seen the guest bringing some envelopes with them. This fancy envelope called Shūgi-bukuro is widely used to celebrate a couple at wedding in Japan. Okay, so guess what you are supposed to put in this envelope. 1. – [...]

A Day at the Railway Museum

A Day at the Railway Museum

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit a railway museum, for the very first time in my life. Although smaller in size than I previously expected, this the museum still packs a punch. It is located just 2 kilometers north of Omiya city, in Saitama prefecture; and is open everyday of the week except on [...]

Togo National Day (April 27th)

Togo National Day (April 27th)

Togo Embassy in Tokyo celebrated its country’s 54th Independence Anniversary (National Day of Togo) on April 27, 2014. The celebration event was held at Takanawa Civic Center, Minato-ku Tokyo. Presentation of the country was given by the Embassy of Togo.     We made friends with Togolese and some families are wearing beautiful Togolese costumes [...]

Let’s carry a MIKOSHI!

Let’s carry a MIKOSHI!

Hello everyone ! Sunny days are coming back in Japan as we enter later spring, bringing with them some of the most expected Japanese popular cultural events : Matsuris (Japanese festival)! If you wish to experience and enjoy a true Japanese local festival, not as a simple viewer but taking an active part in the [...]

Fluorescent blue sea ?

Fluorescent blue sea ?

Konnichi wa, Let’s talk today about a curious though beautiful natural phenomenon that occurs these days on the West coast of Japan. The Toyama prefecture, on the west coast of Honshû island, is one of the few places in the world where can be found a small squid species called ホタルイカ hotaru-ika (“Firefly squid”). The [...]

Bengali New Year Celebrations @ Ikebukuro

Bengali New Year Celebrations @ Ikebukuro

The Bangladeshi community in Japan has recently celebrated a colorful event filled with songs, dances, food and fanfare. Last Sunday (20th April), the west exit of JR Ikebukuro Station experienced a land-slide of people from the subcontinent, all gathering to welcome the new Bengali Year “1421″. The origins of the Bengali calendar (or Bonbabdo) is [...]

Japanese Manners

Japanese Manners

Hey Sakura people, How you guys going? A  lot of people talk about Japan, but do you really know the basics? These might help you guys. It is customary to hold the bowl of rice in one hand (the left for right-handed people) rather than set it on the table, and to use your other [...]

My new experience!

My new experience!

Last week I went to Osaka with my dance team for a salsa performance! As everyone knows that Osaka food is really delicious so we stopped at several restraints to try many deferent kinds of food! However those foods are ever where in Japan and even in Tokyo. So they were good but nothing really [...]

SUMO stable visit! 4/23(Wed) 7:00am-morning

SUMO stable visit! 4/23(Wed) 7:00am-morning

Visit “SUMO” academy & watch their morning practice, after the practice we eat “Chanko-nabe” with sumo wrestlers!! -April 23rd (Wed) -Meeting time:  : 7:00AM -Meeting place: SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA -Fee: 3,000 yen per person including Lunch with Sumo Wrestlers -Limited to 18 persons *first come first served ・7:00AM Meet at the hostel and Leave for [...]

From a piece of paper to a piece of art !

From a piece of paper to a piece of art !

Konnichi wa everyone ! Today, Let’s talk about Origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. Like every month, our hotel Sakura Hotel Hatagaya is organizing its popular Origami Workshop on April 27th 2014 ! If you are staying at Sakura House or Sakura Hotel, and if you are interesting in trying the art, feel [...]