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Sanma 秋刀魚 

Sanma In Japan there is a strong connection between food and the seasons. In Japanese literature ‘Sanma’, or ‘Saury fish’ is often used as a symbol of autumn. Just hearing the word ‘Sanma’ makes you think of autumn! Sanma is a long thin fish that migrates with the turn of the seasons.  It tastes best when salted and grilled. Add a dash of citrus fruits like Kobosu or Sudachi, or grated Daikon (raddish) and you’ll be in heaven! Many Sanma Matsuri (festivals) are held in Tokyo at this time of year. Why not head along to a Sanma Matsuri near you and enjoy the wonderful taste of autumn!

International Party @Sakura Hotel Jimbocho

International Party @Sakura Hotel Jimbocho

Sakura Hotel is holding International Party on 2nd Friday and 4th Friday @ Sakura Hotel Jimbocho ! It will be a good opportunity to make friends from all over the world and also nice to learn Japanese language from local Japanese people ! Why don’t you come and join us the party ! Also we will serve nice and fresh organic vegetable plates and some snacks ! ■Date:September 11th (September 25th is determined) ■Starting time:18.00 Breaking up 21.00 ■Place:Sakura Hotel Jimbocho ■Participants:1.000 yen -including One beer or cocktails and light snacks Click the Link below to read more and to check out the poster for this event! http://www.sakura-cafe.asia/jimbocho/blog/2015/05/good-eveninghi-this-is-ui-last.html Attending this event E-mail […]

The Ueno-Tokyo Line

The train system in Tokyo is complicated!  There are 13 underground lines, more than 30 overground JR lines, and a number of other private rail lines too. Many of the stations such as Shinjuku, Shibuya, Tokyo Station, Shinagawa, and Ueno are huge and difficult to navigate. Shinjuku alone has 36 platforms and over 200 different exits! The Ueno-Tokyo line is the newest line in Tokyo.  It is a 3.8km line running between Ueno and Tokyo. The construction of this short track enables trains on the Joban Line, Utsunomiya Line, and Takasaki Line to run straight through to Tokyo Station. Previously, passengers on these lines had to change at Ueno with […]

Soba-Noodle Innovation. -Yomoda Soba-

Soba-Noodle Innovation. -Yomoda Soba-

Has everyone tried Yomoda-soba, owned by group company of Sakura House? The soba they serve is tasty and unique. There are many soba you cannot find at any other soba-noodle stands. Ham-cutlet, Deep-fried red ginger, Grinded mountain potato, you can choose one from 20 different toppings for your soba-noodle soup. And, of course, they have weekly special! I love the one below, Spinach Soba. And now, Yomoda-soba started serving a curry. Many soba-noodle stands serve curry, however, this one tastes like an authentic indian curry. This special curry is only 490 yen and now people are talking about it. The media picked up this curry and wrote about it. http://news.livedoor.com/article/detail/10556269/ […]

Japanese Business Manners

Hello all, how are you spending your weekend? If you have spent some time in Japan, I am very sure that you have heard of this phrase, “いつもお世話になっております(Itsumo osewani natte orimasu)”. Have you ever wondered what it means? It is a phrase to show the appreciation toward someone for their care or work depending on the situation. And the phrase is one of the “must say” things in business situations. Curious about business manners in Japan? Here are some tips! ●The Bow This custom is probably one of the things that you notice everywhere in Japan, people will even do this when they are talking on the phone. When you […]

Hello everybody ! Self Introduction ( Half Zambian & Half Japanese )

Hello everybody ! Self Introduction ( Half Zambian & Half Japanese )

Hello everybody! My name is Chipa Mwenya, the Sakura House Sales and Resident Relations staff/ African community co-ordinator INTRODUCTION I am half Zambian and half Japanese. I was born and raised in Zambia. I moved to Japan in 2009, September, to pursue my Bachelor`s Degree in Architecture and to discover more about my Japanese roots. When I came to Japan in 2009, I enrolled in an Intensive Language Japanese Program for a year to brush up on my Japanese grammar and learn how to speak more. After that, I enrolled into the Department of Architecture at Tokai University. Actually, I had a hard time deciding on which department to enroll in because, […]

Sumo Watching Tour [Sep 14th and 24th] (Sakura Hotel/House guests only)

Sumo Watching Tour [Sep 14th and 24th] (Sakura Hotel/House guests only)

If you are interested in Japanese Culture, then you  may already went to see Sumo. If not, then please join The Sumo Watching Tour! The atmosphere in Ryogoku Kokugi Kan(両国国技館) is totally different from the one you see on TV. See? A lot of people will come and watch the games. They have Drinks, foods, and snacks vendors, so let’s grab something and watch real fighting entertainment. I was a bit confused how to watch sumo games at the first time, but more you spend time in the stadium to see the rules or the story between sumo wrestlers, more you will love;) If you are interested in Sumo, please […]

Takarakuji!

Takarakuji! Today is ‘Takarakuji no hi’, or ‘lottery day’. There are many kinds of lottery in Japan such as Scratch, Numbers, Lotto, and Toto, but probably the most famous one is Jumbo. The Jumbo lottery is held five times a year with the biggest prize money offered in the Summer Jumbo and End of Year Jumbo. One ticket is 300 yen. Most people buy a ‘bara’ packet, which includes 10 tickets with random numbers, or a ‘renban’ packet, which contains 10 tickets in number sequence. Because so many people play, the prize money is huge, but that also means the chances of winning are extremely small. The top prize is […]