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Eastern Part of Tokyo.

Eastern Part of Tokyo.

When you think about Tokyo, you may think about skyscrapers in Shinjuku or busiest intersection in Shibuya. If you are very young, you may think about streets and shops in Shimokitazawa, Koenji, Kichijoji, or Sangenjyaya, which are all in Western part of Tokyo. However, when you watch old Japanese movies, you will probably get to [...]

Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage

It feels like yesterday when I was thinking about which beach I should go to… Now, it is time for thinking about where to go see fall foliage.   Fall foliage will begin in Tokyo from early November this year, only one month later! I would love to stay at nice inn in a mountain [...]

Sake Tasting Event in Nihonbashi Area.

Sake Tasting Event in Nihonbashi Area.

It had been raining raining raining…. But finally, we ‘ve started seeing the sun again everyday! And one of the good things about living in Japan is, you can have an alcohol outside without feeling nervous or guilty. Especially at the Sake Tasting Event where you can enjoy sake from many different breweries in all [...]

We’re joining Fukuro-Festival TODAY!

We’re joining Fukuro-Festival TODAY!

Sakura House staff and residents are joining Fuuro-Festival tonight ! Fukuro-Festival is not transmitted from Edo-era, like many festivals in Tokyo. It started from 1968, very new, and yet, they say this is one of the biggest festivals in central Tokyo. Look at the photo below. It really is a BIG festival! http://blog.goo.ne.jp/i-point/e/0eaa3ccb44d877575cfda1e93de9d97b   And [...]

Welcome to Japan!-Narita Airport.

Welcome to Japan!-Narita Airport.

If you have ever come directly to Tokyo, you might have landed either in Narita or Haneda Airport. I am pretty sure that many of you landed in Narita airport and felt uneasy to get to the center of Tokyo. However, Tokyo is such a big city and still expanding, there has to be a [...]

Golden Town.

Golden Town.

Have you ever been to Golden-gai(town) in Shinjuku? That is where many tiny bars in such a tiny area. They have been there since 1950 and used to be a red-light district until 1958, until anti-prostitution law was enforced. Now this area seems to draw more of public attention and many out-of-towners enjoy hanging out. [...]

Underground music shops around Sakura House Office.

Underground music shops around Sakura House Office.

If you are into collecting vintage records, you’re sure to have visited those record shops in Nishi-Shinjuku, the area where Sakura House Office is. It is quite surprising to see many record or CD shops are still running their businesses. Now everyone downlords music to the computer or phone. Who really bothers to come out [...]

Soba-Noodle Innovation. -Yomoda Soba-

Soba-Noodle Innovation. -Yomoda Soba-

Has everyone tried Yomoda-soba, owned by group company of Sakura House? The soba they serve is tasty and unique. There are many soba you cannot find at any other soba-noodle stands. Ham-cutlet, Deep-fried red ginger, Grinded mountain potato, you can choose one from 20 different toppings for your soba-noodle soup. And, of course, they have [...]

Farewell to summertime BBQ Party.

Farewell to summertime BBQ Party.

This summer has been very extreme. In the beginning of the August, it was so hot and muggy that many people on this island got sick. But for the past week, it has been very cool and rained a lot. It almost feels like summer has been completely over. So, we had a BBQ party [...]

How to call yourself in Japanese.

How to call yourself in Japanese.

In English, you always call yourself I. It doesn’t matter whether you are man or woman or manly or feminine. I don’t think there are many people out there who hate calling him/herself “I” and seriously thinking about creating different name.   For Japanese men, there are 3 different names to call himself. “ORE””BOKU””WATASHI”   [...]