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Dining with daredevils… The “fugu” experience

Hello minna-san! How are you? Today let`s talk about food, and more precisely about a japanese specialty: fugu! There are many dishes in asian countries that, expecially for a “western” person, require a certain amount of courage. But probably the pufferfish is the one that beats all in this special contest. Actually the deadly fugu, the puffer fish, attracts more the audacious ones than the “taste lovers”. As a fact, it`s been said (personally, i cannot confirm) that it has a rather bland taste, but that it has success thanks to the particular consistency of its flesh. The really special thing of this fish, is that some of its parts […]

Who goes slow goes far…

Hello minna-san! How are you? As every huge city, also Tokyo is a very fast one. People are often in rush: we walk fast to work, we push each other at the train stop, we fight for the first available taxi… But there is a company that since a few years decided to help people to be… happily in late! Their particular service is called “Turtle Taxi”, and it`s born from an idea of a japanese taxi driver, who ensures his passengers to go “the slowest possible”. This is perfect for all those persons who don`t love high speed, and most of all for all of them who are not […]

Your have to live here if you are a Designer or Architect!

Good morning fans My name is Chipa Mwenya, half Japanese and half Zambian staff at Sakura House. For those of you who do not know this but , my major was Architecture and one place that I can highly recommend for you to live if you LOVE architecture and love designing too! The name of the share house ( in a share house, you will have your own private room and you will share the common areas such as the kitchen, showers and rest rooms ) is called ** HARAJUKU B ** HARAJUKU C ** HARAJUKU E We have three share houses all located in one place! […]

A dinner with ninja

Hello minna-san! How are you? Today let`s talk about restaurants. But the protagonist of this article will not be food… I don`t know if you knew it, but in Akasaka there is a restaurant in which you will do a real trip into the past! When you first enter in Ninja Akasaka, you will be welcomed by a man with the black typical uniform, who will guide you to so called “The Village”. Once here, the staff will explain you how this place works and the recommendations of the menu.  For your information, you may have to search for the button hiding under the table to call the Ninja staffs […]

Cheap fitness in your ward?

Hello minna-san! How are you? Lots of us are residents in Tokyo, who for a short period, who for a longer one, and for sure someone is interested in sports and training. Especially now that the nice season is coming, we need to find a good place to workout, and if it`s cheap, it`s even better! That`s why there`s nothing better than the public sports centers!! You have to know that in Tokyo, each district has at least one public sports center, that allows residents and also tourists to use spaces and facilities for a very reasonable price. Most of them have a training room with some weight machines and […]

Happy Valentine!

Hello minna-san! How are you? Do you have any plans for Valentine’s Day? Is it there a special way of spending this day in your home country? In Japan, curious thing, is usually women who give presents (mainly chocolates or other sweets) to men (!?). Especially in the past, Japanese women might have been too shy to express their love (though it might not be true nowadays…), therefore, Valentine’s Day was such a great opportunity to let women express their feelings. Anyway, like for every other “marketing festivity”, this is mainly a custom that smart chocolate companies spread to boost their sales, and it has been very successful! It`s counted […]

Delicious Okonomiyaki (at Sakura Tei!)

Hello minna-san! How are you? Have you ever tried the okonomiyaki? The okonomiyaki is a Japanese savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients. The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “how you like” or “what you like”, and yaki meaning “grill” (think at the famous yakitori and yakisoba..). Okonomiyaki is mainly associated with the Kansai or Hiroshima areas of Japan, but is widely available throughout the country, and toppings and batters tend to vary according to region. Tokyo`s okonomiyaki is usually smaller than Hiroshima`s or Kansai`s ones. Where to eat a fantastic okonomiyaki in Tokyo? Easy: at SAKURA TEI!! Sakura Tei is located in the trendy Harajuku, the […]

Ready for the JLPT?

Hello minna-san! How are you? So, after coming to Japan, enjoyed Japanese lifestyle, and discovered the local cuture, you finally decided to study Japanese seriously (i should also consider to do it one day…). Then it`s time to prepare yourself for the JLPT! The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is an aptitude test that comprehensively measures and certifies a candidate’s grasp of the Japanese language. It usually comprises of listening, reading, grammar and comprehension sections that can last up to two and a half hours, in total. Japan Educational Exchanges and Services; and the Japan Foundation organizes the test in Japan, and abroad respectively. Currently, based on over all difficulty there […]

The Ramen “Battle Zone”

Hello minna-san, how are you? Nearly midday here, and while starting writing this blog, i just realized how hungry i am today. That`s why i will talk about food. Do you like ramen? Well, i hope that nobody answered “no”, cause this is arguably the best thing you can eat in Japan (with all my respect for sushi…) Ramen can be described as a representative of modern Japanese cuisine, even if it`s been “imported” from China, and Tokyo Station is one of the “ramen battle zones” (together with Ikebukuro and Shinjuku), where ramen restaurants from all over the country have opened their branches. Tokyo Ramen Street in particular is a […]