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Tokyo Sakura Spot : Meguro river

In early spring last year, I went  to some Cherry blossom spots with my camera (and I took these photos last year.) I went to some Sakura spots such as Yoyogi Koen (Yoyogi park) and Senkawa (Sen- river), but my no.1 favorite spot for cherry blossom in Tokyo is Meguro river. Along the riverbank there are 800 cherry blossom trees. The branches have grown to the river so it looks like Sakura bridge on the river. It is absolutely beautiful. During the season, the riverside  is very crowded especially weekends, but I think it is worth to go. Walking along the riverbank to see the cherry blossoms is a lot […]

Sarushima Tiny Inhabitable Island

It’s gradually getting warmer now, some days feels like early summer. So, I visited an deserted island   called the SARUSHIMA. This Sarushima is the largest natural island in the Tokyo bay. Though it is the “largest”, it’s only 200m width, 450m length and so very small   From Shinagawa, one of the main station on the Yamanote line, it’s only 1 hr 15min in total including the train, barge and a bit of walk between the station and the wharf. Just an hour and a bit away, and you are there! You can swim at the beach in Summer time, but since the water is still chilly, maybe just enjoy the […]

Cherry-blossom Viewing Picnic & Making scattered sushi! 3/31

“Cherry-blossom Viewing Picnic & making scattered sushi event!” 31st of March 2015! First, we gonna make cattered sushi(Chirashi sushi) at Sakura hotel Ikebukuro and then move to Ueno park for Cherry-blossom Viewing Picnic ! EVENT INFORMATION Time : March 31st(Tue) 10:30am-around 4pm Meeting Place : Sakura hotel Ikebukuro-Shared kitchen 6F Access Fee :500 yen per person. transportation cost (165 yen for one way ticket from Ikebukuro Ueno sta.) and the cost for your own drink are needed. * The first 7 people who applied from Sakura group can join. *If you have allergies to any kinds of food, please reconsider about joining this event. To reserve ↓↓↓ Necessary Information […]

Sakura at Inokashira Park

On Friday 27th, I went to see Sakura (Cherry Blossom) at Inokashira Park in Kichijoji. I could barely see sakura blooming on the trees. But while I was exploring the park, I found one tree with white sakura petals. This sakura tree is like rushing to be bloomed to not disappoint people who came to this park for sakura. I couldn’t see sakura blooming in the park this time, but I guess sakura will be bloomed in a few days like this. And people will be enjoying sakura viewing like this. Now it is a sakura season, can’t wait to see the sakura fully blooming! Oh and we have apartments and […]

Sakura:for the eyes and the taste buds!

‘Tis the season for…SAKURA! In the coming days and as every year , the Japanese cherry trees will be covered with pale pink flowers under which people picnic admiring the ephemeral beauty of this spring landscape (the famous Hanami /花 見) . However, if the sight and smell are at the party, the taste is no exception! And yes, you can also enjoy the Sakura with the Palace!! Did you know that when the sakura cherry tree is in bloom , leaves as the flowers give off a delicious aroma ? We Japanese have understood and adapted the flower of cherry trees with food. Two examples: Sakura- year (桜 餡) […]

Nakano Broadway.

Nakano Broadway looks like an old department store,  which has so many small shops inside. They do not sell meat or vegetable but many collective items, CDs, records, dolls, figures, games, and so on, which attract so-called “OTAKU” crowds from all over . I have been there for a few times and bought post cards from old French movies and out-of-print book written about well-known underground avant-garde Japanese artist,  Shuji Terayama. It was such a fascinating experience to see old toys from 70’s and 80’s, which I used to see and play with when I was kid. Nakano is right next to Shinjuku. So, I used to go to Nakano on […]

Old Post Box

I came across this old, pillar-type post box in Kamakura. These are rarely seen today, and there are many people here in Japan who have never seen one, as they have been mostly replaced by modern post boxes that are, well, boxier in appearance. I for one like these old post boxes better than the current ones because they are neither too big nor too small, and their round shape gives a friendlier impression than today’s post boxes. And don’t these old post boxes look like a person, wearing a hat? Putting a letter in these old post boxes give the impression that you’re handing your letter to a person, […]

The nostrils of God !?

If you ever have the opportunity to visit the Todai-ji (東大寺; literally “Great Temple of the East”), a Buddhist temple in Nara in Japan, do not miss to take a walk in the main building. Within the grounds is the largest wooden building in the world, Daibutsuden (大 仏 殿), which houses a colossal bronze statue of the Buddha! The temple is also registered as a UNESCO world heritage. In this building there is also another “attraction” attracting hundreds of visitors a day and having a great success among Japanese youth. On the way out is the famous and huge wooden columns supporting the building, but one of them is […]

Tropical Islands in “Tokyo”.

It is to soon to talk about summer beach. However, rather peaceful spring time will be over within as quickly as 2 months and after a month of rain, muggy , sweaty,lethargic summer will come. I wanna stay away from this gigantic, crowded, energy-consuming city but have got no money for vacation. Will I only go back and forth between my apartment and office this summer again? …….What? There are dreamy, tropical islands in Tokyo???  ….Where are they???   Yes,  it’s not Hawaii or Okinawa. We will discuss one of the less frequented corners of Japan, Ogasawara Islands (小 笠原 諸島 / Ogasawara Shoto).The islands were formed by the protrusions of […]

FREE Geisha Night Show!! 3/27(Fri) 19pm-20pm !!

GEISHA (or geiko in Kyoto dialect) are professional entertainers who attend guests during meals, banquets and other occasions. They are trained in various traditional Japanese arts, such as dance and music, as well as in the art of communication. Their role is to make guests feel at ease with conversation, drinking games and dance performances. If you are interested in Japan, you might know something about GEISHA. We invites the dancers of Japanese classical dance on 3/27 19:00 pm-20:00 pm at Sakura Hostel Asakusa ! This is FREE event, do not miss it !! PHOTO GALLERY : GEISHA Night Show 20150123