Free Walking Tour in UENO Park!

Free Walking Tour in UENO Park!

Hello all! How are you all enjoying the fall? If you are looking for something to do this weekend, we have a thing for you! Sakura Hostel Asakusa is hosting a FREE Walking Tour in Ueno Park! The volunteer members from PEACE (People’s Educational And Cultural Exchange) will  take you around Ueno Park. Ueno Park [...]

Have you every heard of Shichimi (七味) before?

Have you every heard of Shichimi (七味) before?

In most foreign countries whenever some one asks for chili to add for their meals or cooking, we tend to think of the green or red type of chili pepper right? Well in Japan, we have a special type of chili that contains a mixture of SEVEN ( 七 ) ingredients, in short Shichimi basically [...]

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA いちごクリームあんみつ @ Jonathan's (Tsukishima) Photo:Hajime NAKANO

Anmitsu

Today I’d like to introduce a traditional Japanese sweet called ‘anmitsu’. Have you heard of ‘anmitsu’? Anmitsu is a popular sweet particularly enjoyed during the summer. The first ‘anmitsu’ was produced at a shop called ‘Wakamatsu’ in Ginza in 1930. It is made from cubes of agar jelly that are topped with black honey, fruit, [...]

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 [...]

MANGA / INTERNET CAFES!!

MANGA / INTERNET CAFES!!

A great way to save money. Internet cafes are a great way to stay a night or two in a central area. Probably much comfier than what you are used to back home, they are often the best way to stay the night downtown. They are also great if you have missed your last train. [...]

Yaki Imo; the taste and smell of the Autumn

Yaki Imo; the taste and smell of the Autumn

Good evening all! How are you enjoying this nice Fall weather? I hope you are not catching cold, there is quite a temperature difference during the day and the night (੭ ˃̣̣̥ ω˂̣̣̥)੭ु⁾⁾ There is a saying in Japan, called “Shokuyoku no Aki”, meaning “Autumn appetite”. There are so many yummy things that are in season [...]

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 [...]

Time warp to Edo period? Kawagoe Tour with TCGC!

Time warp to Edo period? Kawagoe Tour with TCGC!

A city called Kawagoe also known as Ko-edo will amaze you with the “Edo” feeling atmosphere and the old Japanese style buildings! Ko-edo means “Little Edo” in Japanese. The Street is lined with traditional warehouses and maintains the old outlook of what the place was like during the Edo period. Kawagoe is a very popular [...]

International Party @Sakura Hotel Jimbocho

International Party @Sakura Hotel Jimbocho

Day : 2015/ Oct / 09(Fri) from PM 06:00 to PM 09:00 Fee : JPY 1,000 (Tax included) We are holding International Party on 2nd Friday and 4th Friday @ Sakura Hotel Jimbocho ! It will be a good opportunity to make friends from all over the world and also nice to learn Japanese language [...]

Okonomiyaki 

Okonomiyaki 

Okonomiyaki is one of the best-loved foods in Japan. It is often called the ‘Japanese pancake’ but it’s not sweet. The name ‘okonomiyaki’ comes from ‘okonomi’ which means ‘what you like’ and ‘yaki’ which means ‘grilled’. The basic okonomiyaki mixture is made from flour, eggs, dashi and grated ‘yamaimo’ (grated yam). Most people add shredded [...]