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Japanese new year card “NENGAJO”

New year’s is a very  special holiday in Japan. It’s probably the biggest item on the calendar of annual events. There used to be a custom of calling on relatives, neighbors, and those who bestowed kindness over the preceding year during the first few days of the new year. But after the post office began issuing postcards in the Meiji period (1868 – 1912), people began sending “NENGAJO” instead as a form of greeting. The post office started a service whereby  it delivered “NENGAJO” on January 1st if they were posted by a certain date in December. Postcards carrying lottery numbers went on sale in 1949, with the holders of […]

✂Origami Workshop✂

Hello all! October is almost over…can you believe it?!?! Oh wait, we still have a big event of October that’s left, which is…HALLOWEEEEEEN☠☠☠ What are you doing tomorrow, are you gonna be out all day dressed up in costume?? This year, Sakura Cafe and Restaurant Ikebukuro will be doing 1 Free drink if you wear a costume for Halloween! But before you dress up and go out as something else, wouldn’t you like to learn something cultural to even make your Halloween this year extra special?? We can help! Sakura Hotel Hatagaya will be having the Origami Workshop from 4 PM to 6 PM! If you are interested in how to […]

New Shinkansen!  

When you came to Japan were you surprised by the speed and punctuality of Japanese trains? The Shinkansen currently runs throughout Honshu and Kyushu. The Tohoku Shinkansen is the fastest reaching speeds of up to 320kph. Meanwhile, a trip from Tokyo to Osaka on the Tokaido Shinkansen takes just 2hours 35minutes. Japan Rail is now developing a new train called the Linear Chuo Shinkansen. This is a maglev rail system that will enable trains to travel up to 505kph! It will run from Shinagawa in Tokyo to Nagoya and Osaka in just 40mins and 67mins respectively. The Shinagawa-Nagoya section is scheduled to be completed in 2027 and the Osaka section […]

Komazawa Olympic Park

Hello ! How are you today? Have you ever been to Komazawa Olymlpic Park? Komazawa Olympic Park was used for Tokyo Olympic in 1964. At the park , you can play soccer, basketball, tennis, or  jog, swim, so on. How about visiting there to refresh sometimes? We have some share houses and apartments around Komazawa Olympic Park. Komazawa Daigaku Setagaya Shoin jinjamae Setagaya Kamimachi Apartment


One thing that visitors to Japan are often surprised by is Pachinko. The game itself is pretty strange but it’s the ear-piercing noise of the pachinko machines and the smoke filled atmosphere that surprises most. Foreigners often ask me ‘how on earth can people spend all that time in such a noisy, smoky atmosphere?!’ Pachinko is hugely popular in Japan and wherever you go you will be sure to find a pachinko parlour. Photo: IQRemix Pachinko Parlor Pachinko is often described as a Japanese form of pinball. It is a game involving hundreds of small metal balls. The aim of the game is to fire the balls so that they […]

Enjoy “YAKITORI” !!

YAKITORI are grilled chicken skewers made from bite sized pieces of meat from all different parts of the chicken, such as the breasts, skin, thighs, liver and other innards. Usually made to order and cooked over charcoal, yakitori is a popular, inexpensive dish commonly enjoyed together with a glass of beer. Popular Yakitori NEGIMA NEGIMA is one of the most popular types of yakitori and consists of pieces of chicken (usually thigh meat) skewered with pieces of leek in between.   MOMO MOMO  refers to the thigh meat, so momo skewers are made up of pieces of chicken thigh.   TSUKUNE TSUKUNE are meatballs made of minced chicken, egg, vegetables and spices. They […]

Nikuman , the tasty break

Good evening all! Do you know what “Nikuman” is?? Niku-man, niku MAN…nope, that is not a name of a new superhero. It’s just one of my guilty pleasures when I pass the combini … The nikuman (肉 ま ん) are stuffed Chinese buns and steamed , usually stuffed with minced pork and various ingredients. It is also found in many specialty shops, where they are often generous in size , that simply to combini , where they are often kept warm in a sort of oven next to the cash register. There are several varieties in addition to the classic nikuman stuffed with minced pork accommodated onions, bamboo shoots and […]

‘Tis the season for…Illumination already??

Good evening all, how are you enjoying this such a temperature difference between the daytime and the nighttime fall weather? As winter approaches, Tokyo and all over Japan is getting all jazzed up for upcoming holiday season. As I was watching the news the other day, I heard that YOMIURI LAND has started their holiday illuminations. Look at those lights! Now this is an early Christmas present! They even have special illumination food menu! They apparently have this humongous areas divided to different theme of illuminations- from “Love Stream Area” to “Aqua Area”. I mean look at these lights! You can’t help but feel so romantic surrounded all these different […]

International FUTSAL game on 10/25(SUN) 13:00pm-16:00pm @ Kugayama ! Feel free to join us!

We (SAKURA HOUSE) have FUTSAL game on 10/25(SUN), 13: 00 pm -16 : 00 pm @ Kugayama!! Meeting spot :12 : 30 pm Kugayama Station Beginners, ladies, everybody feel free to join us! Let’s enjoy play together!! E-mail :   Did you know that there is Sakura House close to KUGAYAMA? KUNITACHI KICHIJOJI If you are interested in the building, please feel free to contact at 03-5330-5250!!


A Day of Watching the HORSE RACES from theHORSE OWNERS’ SEATS at TOKYO RACECOURSE andCOCKTAILS at the HOTEL CONTINENTAL FUCHU   SAKURA HOUSE invites you to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see HORSE RACING at the TOKYO RACECOURSE from the exclusive HORSE OWNERS’ SEATS! Enjoy a day at the races in the exclusive horse owners’ seats! Then, “cool down” with KEIBA COCKTAILS (KEIBA is Japanese for “horse racing”), a specialty of the HOTEL CONTINENTAL FUCHU and enjoy a special dinner prepared by the hotel’s expert chefs just for the occasion!   [Dates]OCTOBER 24th (Sat.) & 31st (Sat.) *Seats for the OCTOBER 11th (Sun.) & 18th (Sun.) are SOLD OUT! Remaining […]