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Let’s join the Awaodori summer festival on August 3rd!

Let’s join the Awaodori summer festival on August 3rd!

Konnichi wa everyone! It’s already July and the summer season is about to start in Japan. In Summer in Japan is the season of Awaodori dance festivals ! And this year too, Sakura House will join the Awaodori at Nakameguro Festival!! During the Awaodori, groups of dancers and musicians dressed in costumes parade through the streets, accompanied by traditional Japanese music instruments such as shamisen, flute and taiko drums. For quite a long time now, Sakura House has the chance to participate in the annual Awaodori of Nakameguero and to be able to invite some residents to join. This is unique to Sakura House, which like to cultivate good relationships […]

Nishiarai Daishi Guesthouse, A friendly place to start your Japan adventures

New to Tokyo? Let’s start your Japan life in a friendly guest-house!

Hello everyone! Japan now enters the summer season. It is a very vivifying season for Sakura House as we have the chance to meet a lot of new-comers to Japan coming from abroad to discover Japan or to start their student life or professional new life here. For those who come to Tokyo for the very first time, the first weeks can be a bit of a challenge. The language barrier, the new environment, the change of daily life rhythm, the change of food habits, the administrative issues etc… However there is no reason to get overwhelmed as there is no reason you have to face off those changes by […]

Kendama, new tradi-trendy japanese game !

Konnichi wa!Let’s talk Japanese games today ! Japan has a large variety of traditional games and toys. Among them, one is coming back into fashion : the kendama. Bye the way… What is a kendama ? Well it is like a ring and pin… but Japanese style ! The kendama (けん玉 / 剣玉 / 拳玉) is a traditional toy which consists of three wooden cups of different sizes placed on the center of a wooden spike (ken), with a smaller cup at the spike’s base and a ball (tama) connected by a string to the center piece. The idea is catching the wooden and make it land into one of […]

Daruma, the super Japanese monk!

Daruma, the super Japanese monk!

Konnichi wa ! Today’s blog is about a classic figure of Japanese culture, Daruma ! You may not know that name but if you had ever visited Japan, it is unlikely you have not seen him at least once on the street, in a temple, on TV or in a souvenir shop. Daruma dolls are made of papier-mâché, have a round shape and are hollow. They represented a monk with have no eyes, no arms nor legs… but with thick eyebrows and a mustache. The dolls are generally painted in vivid red color and are weighted at the bottom so that they will always return to an upright position when […]

Fûrin, the sound of coolness

Konnichi wa ! Summer in Japan is a very particular season… especially with its really hot and humid heat. The humid subtropical climate make the weather not only hot – usually up to 38 degrees Celsius – but also very humid and difficult to bear with 80% to 95% humidity in the air. A real sauna ! During the stifling Japanese summer, it is possible to hear here and there a unique sound traditionally linked to the hot season : This light tintinnabulation is the sound of a 風鈴 fûrin, a Japanese wind chime, an emblematic item of summertime. Fûrin is written using the kanjis meaning “wind” and “bell”. It […]

Enjoy Mt. Fuji & Lunch Buffet journey !

Konnichi wa everyone ! If you are in Japan right now, and if you haven’ had the chance yet to go out of Tokyo and discover the Mt Fuji area, our partner NES Global Inc is organizing a day trip excursion to Mount Fuji with a buffet-style lunch on June 28th 2014 (Saturday). Schedule -08:00am Shinjuku – Transportation by bus to the fifth station of Mt. Fuji using Chuo highway -Arrival at fifth station of Mt. Fuji – Free time Enjoy walking and shopping around fifth station area http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6922.html -Transfer to highland resort Fujiyama Terrace Lunch(Buffet style), shopping time – Climbing up Mt. Tenjoh by ropeway to see the fantastic […]

Meet Daruma, the super Japanese monk!

Meet Daruma, the super Japanese monk!

Konnichi wa ! Today’s blog is about a classic figure of Japanese culture, Daruma ! You may not know that name but if you had ever visited Japan, it is unlikely you have not seen him at least once on the street, in a temple, on TV or in a souvenir shop. Daruma dolls are made of papier-mâché, have a round shape and are hollow. They represented a monk with have no eyes, no arms nor legs… but with thick eyebrows and a mustache. The dolls are generally painted in vivid red color and are weighted at the bottom so that they will always return to an upright position when […]

Japan : Healthy Tatami !

Konnichi wa ! For those of you who are/will be visiting Japan for the first time, one of those little moments you feel “Waoh, I am really in Japan” is when you enter a traditional Japanese house and you step – for the first time maybe – on… a tatami mat ! Tatami 畳 is the floor covering of traditional Japanese houses and temples. Similar to a stray mat, it is made of several rice straw layers, interlaced and compressed, and covered with a thin layer of a rush called 藺草 igusa (Juncus effusus) which is also laced. The edges of the mat are protected with a hem made of […]

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 firely squid are producing light thanks to a special organ called “photophore”, emitting a fluorescent blue flashes. Each squid has thousands of them, mostly located on their tentacles and around the eyes. The firely squids usually live in deep in the ocean, more than 1200 feet under the surface. However the strong waves and sea […]

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 free to contact us ! 折り紙 Origami literally means “paper (纸) folded (折り).” In Japan, origami is such a popular craft that everyone knows at least how to do some “classics” figures such as the famous crane or the box. In fact, children learn origami from kindergarten. At the beginning, people learn simple foldings such […]