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Shinko and Kohada, it’s same fish

Shinko and Kohada, it’s same fish

One of my favorit Sashimi is “Kohada” (こはだ) “Kohada” is young herring This is “Kohada-su” (こはだ酢) marinated young herring, Herring (“Nishin” 鰊) changes the name by the fish grow in Japanese, its been said the symbol of the success. start from  Baby “Shinko” (新子), and  Kid “Kohada” (子肌), and  Adult “Konoshiro”  (このしろ). Unfortunately I don’t have picture of  “Shinko”  but when you compare the size, you’ll see the deference. How interesting Japanese language and people are greedy for just one kind of  fish!

Shimbashi Karasumori Shrine, The heven of the Salaryman

Shimbashi Karasumori Shrine, The heven of the Salaryman

The oasis or heaven of Japanese business man, Shimbashi. You can see and hear nightly discussion, complains, the real voice of Salaryman (business man) at Izakaya bar in Shimbashi area.  They’ll healed and charge the energy for the next day at Shimbashi. The landlady of Sakura House Shimbashi told me there will be a big festival of Shimbashi Karasumori Jinja Shrine in May. The building of  Shrine is small but the Mikohsi (portable Shrine) is huuuge!  Our residents from Shimbashi house will be join the festival this year! Since most of the Matsuri Festival got canceled  last year due to the earthquake in Tohoku, many of the shrine will hold […]

Eat Fugu (blow fish), Japanese winter speciality taste

Eat Fugu (blow fish), Japanese winter speciality taste

Have you ever tried taste of “Fugu” (blow fish), Japanese winter specialty dish? fugu sashi (raw sashimi of blow fish) Its one of the best &  my favorite “Nabe” (hot pot) . Blow fish bones makes such a awesome soup. Worried about the poison?  No, no, no need.  Only licensed chief can clean a blow fish. Fugu seasons will end about April. You should definably try!

Tokyo Sky Tree Construction Finished Today at the Leap Year 2012

Tokyo Sky Tree Construction Finished Today at the Leap Year 2012

The most tallest tower in the world  Tokyo Sky Tree the new land mark of Tokyo, construction finished today officially! Today, February 29th, will be the day to remember as the leap year and hard snowing day of Tokyo. Tokyo Sky Tree Observatory deck will be open May 22nd and it will attract many tourists.  The reservation of the observatory  entry will be started from March 22nd. But to enter the observatory deck between May 22nd- July 10th, the advance reservation will be necessary. We have several premises you can enjoy to look at Tokyo Sky Tree UP Close like above everyday! Sakura House Kinshicho C Sakura House Oshiage A […]

“Kissen”, Fancy & Secret Sushi Bar @ Ginza, Tokyo

“Kissen”, Fancy & Secret Sushi Bar @ Ginza, Tokyo

Don’t need to say anything… this picture explain everything. I had a opportunity to visit a secret snug Sushi Bar “Kissen” in Ginza. Only 6 seats in the counter. Tuna (Toro and Otoro) Kohada Seki Aji, homemade pickled ginger was excellent match. Thank you chief, Yoshino-san for the great time!

Samgyeopsal, Korean Pork Grill @ Shinjyuku, Tokyo

Samgyeopsal, Korean Pork Grill @ Shinjyuku, Tokyo

Samgyeopsal it’s Korean BBQ and became very popular in Japan these days. The thick pork meat grill with kimchi Makes me hungry again for Samgyoepsal! You can find many restaurant in Shinjuku and Okubo, the korean town, area near Sakura House Shinokubo

Meet New People @ international netwoking event in Tokyo, FIESTA Sakura Cafe Ikebukuro

Meet New People @ international netwoking event in Tokyo, FIESTA Sakura Cafe Ikebukuro

Looking for a friendship or networking here in Tokyo? Come and join us our big event,  FIESTA,  the international party @ Sakura Cafe Ikebukuro on this Saturday 11th 6PM! Our Sakura Guest get discount for the entry fee,  only 500 yen with a drink & snack! You can see last FIESTA event pic from here Look forward to meeting you on Saturday!

Wendy’s made Comeback to Japan!

Wendy’s made Comeback to Japan!

My favorite burger shop, Wendy’s made comeback to Japan! A few years before, Wendy’s withdrowed from Japan…. it was sad…. New shop opened in Omotesando, Harajuku at the end of last year. Had Wendy’s burger, baked potato with chili! How was the taste? Well…It was not as good as before…..plus bit more expensive than it used to be…. The meat pate was thick and and it was good. The shop is located close to Sakura House Harajuku A, B, C and E house and Harajuku Imperial heights

Original hand made beer experience in Ibaragi

Original hand made beer experience in Ibaragi

When I visit oversea any place in Japan , I always love to visit local brewery, distillery  and winery to teast its own local drinks. I visited Kiuchi brewery in Ibaragi to brew original  local ales! You can make your own beer by selecting favorite the beer wheat and malts, by consulting the beer master. The whole process takes about 3 – 4 hours! Milling the wheat…. Massing the wheat with hot water… you need to be careful controlling the temperature… Boiling with the hops for the favor, Done! wait for 3 weeks…. enjoy the local beer when we finished! 3 weeks later, the bottled ale arrived! it was very […]

Happy New Special Year 2012!

Happy New Special Year 2012!

Happy “Special” New Year 2012! Why “Special” ?? It is because…. 2012 is our Sakura House 20th Anniversary!! We have been serving for non-Japanease communities since 1992, thank you so much for your support all these years and we will continue to provide you the best accomodation plan in Tokyo! Today, Jan 4th is our first business day of the year and one of the busiest day of the year as well. We are welcoming 28 new residents from 17 different countries including Thailand, Netherland, US, Germany, Hong Kong, Brazil, Australia, South Korea, Belgum, Mexico Indonesia, South Arcia, Soudi Arabia, China, Italy, Norway and Portugal! Welcome to Sakura House! So, […]