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Sumo Stable Visit

Sumo Stable Visit

Hello all! How are you enjoying your Christmas Day in Japan?? Today we wanted to let you know about an event that Sakura Hostel Asakusa is  hosting an event to visit Sumo Stable! Here is the information about the event: -December 26th (Sat) -Meeting time: : 6:50 AM -Meeting place: SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA -Fee: 3,000 yen per person including Lunch cooked by Sumo Wrestlers -Limited to 30 people *first come first served Agenda: ・6:50AM Meet at the hostel and Leave for the sumo stable in Ryogoku by train & subway. ・7:40AM Start observing the training ・10:00AM Finish the training and Question Time ・10:30AM-11:30AM Having Lunch cooked by Sumo Wrestlers Come […]

Illumination Tour and Nabe party!

Good evening all! How are you warming up in this weather?? Some might say it’s not that cold at all, but it does kind of get chilly in the early morning and at night ʕ→ᴥ←ʔ One of the ways to warm oneself up during winter here in Japan is to have this traditional Japanese dish called “Nabe”. You can actually make Nabe with pretty much anything that you have at home. Depending on your taste, you can choose different soups like Soy sause, Miso, Soy Milk and even Kimchi.   Your guide on how to make Nabe can be found here: http://injapan.gaijinpot.com/play/food-and-dining/2013/11/22/japanese-food-101-lets-eat-nabe/ Now back to Today’s real subject, on December 23rd, on The […]

❆Seasonal Offerings at Sakura Cafe and Restaurant Ikebukuro❆

Hello all! It is EXACTLY 2 weeks until Christmas!!! How are you enjoying Christmas illuminations and decorations?? Speaking of Christmas, did you know that Sakura Cafe and Restaurant Ikebukuro is serving Christmas menu and other seasonal menus?? Looks delicious doesn’t it?? This is Mexican Grilled Christmas Chicken 😛 Juicy and spicy chicken with garlic tomato sauce and avocado paste! Yummmm! They are serving Christmas wines that goes great with the dish 😉 They are also serving this yummy dessert <3 This is French fruit gratin(ノ≧ڡ≦) Sakura Cafe offers other seasonal dishes/drinks and desserts as well as beers from all over the world! If you happened to be in Ikebukuro, stop […]

Christmas gift ideas from Japan

Good evening all! Can you believe that this year’s almost over?!?! I think I have said it like million times, but I just can’t believe it. Anyways, it is just 20 DAYS until Christmas! Did you pick up the presents for everyone yet?? If you are sending out a goodie box home to your family or friends, here are my recommendations 😉 ①Fluffy, cute and warm things Who does not love those combo?!?! ②Interesting things…ONLY IN JAPAN Have some fun with these! How about this for your office desk?? For what, that I have no clue. Would you like to get clean with something that looks…well not clean. These are […]

Thanksgiving in Tokyo!

Thanksgiving in Tokyo!

Happy Friday to you all! By the way, can you believe that it’s almost December!?!? Around this time of the year, if you are from North America, you are probably thinking about this, “Thanksgiving”. Even though I am not from there, every since I spend my college years in the states there is not a year that I do no think about it here in Japan. I miss that family gathering, chilling at home with yummy food… Last year around this time, we invited our residents and held Thanksgiving dinner with all the good food. But since we cannot host Thanksgiving dinner party, I figured I could recommend some places […]

*FREE* Sightseeing Tour of Asakusa!

Hello all! How are you all enjoying the fall? If you are looking for something to do this coming up Monday, we have a thing for you! Sakura Hostel Asakusa is hosting a FREE Walking Tour of Asakusa! The volunteer members from PEACE (People’s Educational And Cultural Exchange) will  take you around historic area of Asakusa. Asakusa has long thrived as a temple town with Sensoji, at its heart. Nakamise, with almost 90 little shops on both sides of the street, is the ideal place to get Japanese souvenirs. The English-speaking and knowledgeable guides will tell you the interesting history and information about each places. Let’s start off the week […]

Resident at ASAKUSA KURAMAE and Sakura House Staff

Toei Ōedo Line; Tokyo’s first linear motor metro line

Good evening all! Today, I want to talk about a particular line that is essential to your daily life in Tokyo. To start off with, what is the name of the Japanese train line that first comes to you mind?? Many people probably think of Yamanote line, but what about a subway line? To get to work, I take Toei Ōedo Line every day. As you can see from the train map above, Toei Ōedo Line runs in a loop around the central Tokyo (Shinjuku Area)  to the western part of Tokyo. According to Wikipedia, Toei Ōedo Line is  “Tokyo’s first linear motor metro line (and the second in Japan after […]

♞LAST CHANCE FOR THE SEASON! Fuchu Derby&Cocktail Tour♞

♞LAST CHANCE FOR THE SEASON! Fuchu Derby&Cocktail Tour♞

Howdy all! How are you all enjoying your fall?? By now, I very much hope that you have heard about our exclusive and special event that we are currently holding for our residents, “Fuchu Keiba & Cocktail Tour”. We started this event to promote more communication among our residents from different premises and just had a great time together at the racecourse and also at Colt Bar of Hotel Continental Fuchu! We first started this event last fall, and since then we have had over 80 residents who participated in this event! And everyone had a great time watching races, getting to know other residents, and enjoying a nice special […]

✂Origami Workshop✂

✂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 […]

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 […]