KOSHIEN – National High School Baseball Championship

KOSHIEN – National High School Baseball Championship

Have you here of the “Koshien”? Koshien is national senior high school baseball championships. It held in spring and summer begin in Hanshin Koshien stadium, whole nation cheers the team that represents their prefecture. Osaka-Toin won Koshien this year. They were so good like professionals. That was really exciting. You may think it was a [...]

Live near Tokyo’s best-kept secret

Live near Tokyo’s best-kept secret

Take a look at the photograph. It’s a map of Tokyo’s subways. Yes, it’s very complicated. Many people can draw a pretty decent Hokkaido freehand but I’ve yet to meet somebody who can do the same with Tokyo’s subway system. It’s the great labyrinth of the Far East. Because people like hierarchies, some of  Tokyo’s [...]

SAKURA HOUSE NEW STAFF: Self Introduction

SAKURA HOUSE NEW STAFF: Self Introduction

Hi Everyone! My name is Takashi and I am a new sales staff at SAKURA HOUSE. I was born and raised in Japan, and moved to the US stayed over 7 years there. After I came back to Japan, I worked as a translator and interpreter for a while. But here I am at SAKURA [...]

Sushi fit for Captain Nemo’s table

Sushi fit for Captain Nemo’s table

I like sushi. And as the SAKURA HOUSE office is located in Shinjuku, an area with a high concentration of kaiten-zushi shops (kaiten-zushi shops are those places that serve plates of sushi on conveyer belts), I try to go to one whenever I can. The other day, I came across sea grape sushi. Yup, sea grapes. The stuff [...]

Do you love cooking? Join us at YOMODA-KAI!!!

Do you love cooking? Join us at YOMODA-KAI!!!

We are looking for cooking lovers who would love to share their original recipes!!! You don’t have to be a sheff working for 5 star hotel or restaurant. As long as you love  what you cook and eat, we can enjoy it. We will prepare the ingredients for whatever you cook. This party is called [...]

[Event] Sumo Watching Tour [Sep 16th] (宿泊者限定 Hotel/House guests only)

[Event] Sumo Watching Tour [Sep 16th] (宿泊者限定 Hotel/House guests only)

Sumo (相撲) is Japan’s national sport as you know. Three major games at Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan are held in January, May and September.   On September 16th, SAKURA HOSTEL ASAKUSA staff will guide you to watch the sumo tournament together.   Don’t miss this chance! [Date] September 16th (Tue), 2014 [Meeting Time]  1:30PM [Meeting Place] SAKURA [...]

Nakano Broadway

Nakano Broadway

Have you even been to Nakano Broadway? Located directly north of Nakano Station, through the shopping arcade Nakano Sunmall, is Nakano Broadway.  Nakano Broadway is a 4 story high shopping complex. While it also sell things that other shopping complex can offer, the main distinguishing point of Nakano Boardway is the number of stores that [...]

My Melody Cafe✿

Jyoshikai (Girl’s Party)

Have you ever heard of the word “Jyoshikai”?? In translation, it means “Girl’s Party”. What about it?? Japanese girls LOVE to do Jyoshikai. Like girls in other countries, they love going out to eat at nice cute restraurants and talk about different things. Japanese girls LOOOOOVE cute things. Cute characters helps them relax and escape [...]

Everybody loves trolleys!

Everybody loves trolleys!

A long time ago, the lords of Tokyo decided that the trolleys that criss-crossed the metropolis had to go, mainly because they got in the way of cars. So, most of Tokyo’s trolleys disappeared and subways took their place.  One of the two exceptions is the Tokyu Setagaya line. It runs through the quiet and leafy residential [...]

Sound of Autumn

Sound of Autumn

It is still hot and humid in Tokyo. But these days I can hear the sound of Autumn. The sound of Bell-Ring Crickets. Bell Ring Cricket is SUZU-MUSHI in Japanese. (SUZU is bell and MUSHI is insect) The sound is like really like bells are ringing. They start to sing after hot summer. I don’t [...]