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2011/02/18 23:01

Tokyo marathon

On 27th next week is TOKYO MARATHON DAY !



The first was held in 2007.
The number of applicants has increased every year.
This year there were 333,147 applications for 35,000 spots.



It's the one time during the year where you will find Tokyo's streets empty of cars as the route takes runners past such landmarks as the Imperial palace, Tokyo Tower, Ginza, Asakusa, and the Tsukiji fish market.



"Asakusa Kaminarimon"


If you are interested in taking part, registration starts in the summer.
It's a great way to see Tokyo.
And healthy too !

Official website

http://www.tokyo42195.org/2011/index_en.html

2011/01/21 22:42

Is Japan the strange country?

Please check this movie.


It's funny!

Are you interested in Japan, Please ask us without constraint by twitter "asakusa_hostel.


Sakura Hostel Asakusa - The Promotion Movie

2010/12/24 16:39

Happy Holidays from all of us at Sakura Hostel Asakusa

Today,
Santa Clause came along to Sakura Hostel Asakusa in Japan !!

Who is this Santa Clause?

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It's Enoki Santa.
He is carrying the bag in which a lot of presents put !?

Oops. He must be a bad Santa Clause!!
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And then, Jack Santa showed up.
The reindeer next to Santa Clause is ........... Tsuyoshi Reindeer !!
What a sly look it is!!

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Now, Agu Santa and Johrel Reindeer came to the hostel.
Look !! His antler is pink !!
Is he an angel one !?

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Those Santa Clause may sneak into your room and give you a present, or may not.

Best wishes to you and your family for a joyous season filled with health, happiness and prosperity.

2010/12/20 22:56

Japanese Seasonal Food

Japan is full of delicious food during this season.
Chestnut, sweet potato, persimmon, and so on.

My recommendation is this.


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It's "MONKFISH".
We call this fish "ANKOU" in Japanese.


It's very ugly, isn't it?
You doubt we actually eat it.

Believe it or not, it's very delicious.

Ibaraki where I live is famous for ANKOU.
It's deep-sea fish.
The best season is from November to February.
Yes !! It's NOW !!

Because of luxury fish, the price of ANKOU is a little high.
It's worthy of the price. It's very delicious.
To your surprise,
you can eat everything such as skin, internal organs, and gill, except bones.

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My favorite is monkfish liver.
I guess you have no clue of it.
It resembles foie gras.


Is there anyone who wants to challenge ANKOU, reading this?

If you are, would you please come to Sakura Hostel Asakusa?
I'll give you a ride to the famous ANKOU spot by my car, if you want.

I can not treat you to ANKOU dish, though.

2010/11/27 16:29

Strange place in Japan

Meguro-ku in Tokyo.
Here is a strange museum.

The name is Meguro Parasitological Museum.

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They say it's the only museum in the world, which displays only parasites..... Can it be true??
Conversely, I don't want it all over the world.

By the way,
you can buy Parasites design T-shirts, Key chains where the real parasites were sealed inside,
and so on in the museum.

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http://kiseichu.org/english.aspx

Is there anybody who want to go there?
Raise you hands !!

2010/10/11 05:36

Fake food

Not too far from Asakusa, there is a place called "Kappabashi"

In Kappabashi, they have a lot of shops that sell professional culinary equipments, as well as rare items.
Some shops you can buy or experience making "Food samples" or I should call it, "fake food samples"

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(Warning: You cannot eat this)

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(Warning: Again, you cannot eat this)


Anybody can buy these items. For a souvenir, there are key holder types.

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As I mentioned earlier, you can experience making these fake food samples. You should try making one when you are in Kappabashi.


2010/10/10 20:39

Food Culture

It completely got cool weather, and autumn has come.
Various vegetables and fruits ripen in this season.
In Japan, it is said that autumn is the season for big appetites.

During my travel all over the world, one African guy said to me.

"Japanese people eat the snake, don't they? That's why I don't like Japanese."

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You know what !? We don't !!

Even if Japanese people actually eat the snake, does this cause you to hate Japan?

In the first place, each country has their own food culture.
Sometimes, there exists the food beyond our sense.

From the view of Japanese people, we are astonished at the escargot and frog in French food.
From the view of non-Japanese people, you think Japanese food "Natto" is disgusting, don't you?

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However, I didn't deny what he said.
I accepted it as the difference of food culture, and I tried to eat anything without prejudice.

BUT,

There exist one food that I couldn't accept at all.

Brain of Sheep !! I saw it in Iran.


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I could never ever eat this......


You can see it in the sandwich shops all over the town.
Iranian people says, "It's very delicious !! ".

If it was unrecognizable, I might have been able to eat it.
It's apparently the "BRAIN". Don't you think so?

So as not to misunderstand, I want to say something.
I never ever hate Iranian people even though they eat the brain of sheep.
In addition to the fact that Iranian people are very kind,
Iran is the very attractive country for sight-seeing.

2010/09/01 15:11

Farewell Party for Ryoko

We had farewell party for Ryoko last night.
She worked in Sakura hostel for a half year, and took charge of our staff blog.
I think you enjoyed her blog a lot.
Now, she decided to start her new life in the U.S.
She will work in Disney Land in Florida for a year!!
We believe she do a good job over there as well as in Sakura hostel.

Here are some photos we took last night.

with her best friend Enocchi

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Sakura Girls!!

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We gave her message card.
Was she so happy that she couldn't help crying!?

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We will miss you, Ryoko!!
Come to see us when you come back to Japan!!

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2010/08/23 15:20

My last day in Sakura

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Today is my last day working here.
Time flies so fast these past 6 months.
I really liked the international atmosphere here.

I'm glad to work with awesome Sakura staffs.
Everyone has interesting characteristics;
Tsuyoshi=Looks scary, but warm hearted
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Naoto=Not only just a crazy fighter, but a laid back & generous guy
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Ebi=Sensitive guy in contrast to his wild appearance
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Jack=Supportive and gentle, but keeping a gang sta mind in secret
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Johrel=Fashionable and peaceful, but scared at a cockroach
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Enoki=Serious and organized, at the same time, funny and hilarious
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Instead of me writing this blog, new staffs, Agu and Aki will take care of it.
They'll give you lots of info about Japan from their different perspective.


I'm going to the States for a year to work as a cultural representative.
Working here at Sakura gave me good opportunity to share my own culture
and customs with guests from all over the world.

This place is the second home for guests, but for me at the same time.
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I'll definitely stop by sometimes to say hello.

See you then!! Muah!!

2010/08/08 15:44

We ♥ Himonoya!!!

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"Himonoya" is such a nice Izakaya restaurant.
It's just 8 mins walk from the hostel.
It delivers a nice interior design, together with all the classics of Japanese izakaya food,
like yakitori, grilled fish, salads, etc., and a wide variety of drinks.

We played interesting masks that were hanged on the wall.
I can't tell the difference between Enoki and this funny mask.
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Tomoe and Johrel
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Haha, Ben chan. You look like Namahage.
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Namahage= A person dressed as scary looking demon, and scare young children
in the houses to encourage them to obey their parents and to behave.
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Hit the Taiko (Japanese drum) to call the servers
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Naoto loves to go there during lunch time.
Lunch menu is just 580~680yen includes main dish, miso soup, Rice and natto (sticky beans).
You can get rice and natto as much you can.
Naoto always has at least 2 rice bowls and 2 natto packs.
That's why he gains 2kg recently. lol

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Their size of beer mug is quite amazing!! That's HUGE!!
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Even though you are good at chugging a beer like this guy, you would have hard time.
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Himonoya is our paradise!!!
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2010/07/29 19:59

''What is your blood type?''

''What is your blood type?''

Westerners might think that this question sounds a little bit creepy.
However, for Japanese people, blood types carry significance and are similar to horoscopes.
Each person with a certain blood type are commonly known to have specific
characteristics and traits.
There are four blood types: A, B, O and AB.
If you don't know your blood type, Japanese people will be shocked.


According to the blood type assessment,
A-type people are regarded as calm, polite, responsible, sensitive,
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Type A Enoki
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Type A Ebi


but also they are perfectionists, anxious, nervous and over cautions.
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Type A Ryoko

B-type people are strong, creative, outgoing, optimistic, flexible,
more laid-back who do things at their own pace, but eccentric and selfish.
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Type B Jack

O-type people are curious, generous, romantic and tolerant.
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Type O Tomoe
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Type O Johrel
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Type O Naoto & Ben chan

They love to be the center of attention and appear very self confident.
They don''t always finish what they start.

AB-type people have both types of A and B, so they are shy and outgoing,
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Tsuyoshi B side
They easily switch from one opposite to another.
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Tsuyoshi A side
They are trustworthy and responsible, but can't handle it when too much is asked of them.

Most Japanese are type A while most Westerners are type O.

The reason why Japanese like linking blood types to personality is that
Japanese are group-oriented.
Japanese do not like to be isolated to do things differently from others.
They are fond to stick together: eating, working, or traveling in a group.
Being with people of the same ''blood'' gives them a kind of carefreeness and joy.

Are you getting interested knowing your blood type???

2010/07/21 14:13

おれを殴っていいよ。(Go ahead to put me down.)

Jack: What are you doing????


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Enoki's promise is just broken...

Oh you....

Enoki's excuse: I love cigarettes more than anything, like girls and drinks.
No matter what people say about smokers, I'm always Tobacco industry's side!!!

2010/07/09 10:04

Enoki's Summer Cut

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After
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Which one is cuter?

2010/07/07 15:45

Asakusa Incident

My Aniki (Boss) is killed by Kunoichi...
Enoki: ''Since Aniki is gone, i am such a disparate...''

''Aniki.....come back....''
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''This is a time for 敵討ち (Kataki-uchi :means Japanese revenge killing)!!!!''


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Our security camera recorded everything.
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''I'll come & get you, Kunoichi...''

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Kunoichi: ''So hot in here. I'll get a drink right after I get off here.''
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Kunoichi: ''What a...''
Enoki: ''Haha!! Get you baby.''
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Enoki : ''Aniki no Kataki!!!!''
Kunoichi: ''Gyaaaaaa''
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You became a witness right now...

2010/06/09 03:24

Stop smorking

I was only smoker in the hostel.
But, It's different now !

I'm trying to stop smoking and two weeks went by.

In fact, I failed it two times in the past.
Third challange is....

I'm useing two items.
Nicotine patch and Nicotine gum.


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If I don't use them, I can't continue to stop smoking.


My friend told me, "You can do it if you have a lover dislike smoke."
Does Love win smoke ?

2010/06/06 10:01

FIFA World Cup Uniform Collections

Tsuyoshi got national uniforms, and all staff wear them for FIFA world cup next week!!!

England!
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Argentina!
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Brazil!
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Cameroon!
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Portugal !
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Spain!
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Germany!
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France!
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We are waiting for your arrival with passionate heart.
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2010/05/31 22:45

Protein brothers

Our common point is "Drinking the Protein"
We are always getting in shape.

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Maybe, We will change like this after few years later.

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Be careful !
If you drink and be loud, I hold you back.

2010/05/29 22:37

How to make peace

Do you like a smile or not ?

I can't speak English well and be studying it.
But, I can communicate to you by my expression.

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I'm waiting for your visitng with best smile.
And I make you happy by it.

2010/05/24 11:00

Result - Ganbare Japan! -

There was a football game yesterday, Japan VS Koria.

The result is, Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....

× Japan 0 = 2 Koria ○

World cup will be held next month !
Is Japan all right !?

I couldn't work by the bad news today.

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I'm sad, but I hope to win in the World cup.

2010/05/20 22:35

Kanji

One tourist said me,"Kanji is cool !"

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Japanese kanji

Last few years, Kanji tatoo is very popular.
But, Be careful.

I saw a man has Kanji tatoo in Thailand.
That kanji is "冷奴".

"冷" = Cool
"奴" =Guy

But "冷奴" is not "Cool guy"
It's meaning "Tofu(Japanese food)"

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Cool guy


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Tofu

It's big different !
Please ask Japanese If you want Kanji tatoo.

2010/05/18 15:33

Road to South Africa

It's hot today.
Beers in our vending machine are already sold out.

Next month, FIFA World Cup will be hold in South Africa.

So, they are from South Africa.

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It's one of my favorite country.
I ate terrific food , saw some good landscape spots and met many kind people when I was there.
I want to go back there again !

If you love football, Let's go to South Africa.
I can assure you that everything is fun !

2010/05/16 19:16

Sanja Matsuri - Where is the Mikoshi ?-

Hello.
Today is the final day of "Sanja Matsuri"
So many people in Happi in Asakusa.

Too much !!

And I tried to take a picture of Mikoshi(portable shrines) for this blog.
But I could not find it.
Where is it ?
Are Men taking a rest now?

But, no problem.
I'm very happy because there are a lot of food stalls.

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Taste is terrific !

When I came back to hostel, Tomoe was angry.
"Why didn't you take any pictures of Mikoshi ?"

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I'm sorry.
Please forgive me, this is a present, Takoyaki(octopus dumpling) for you.

2010/04/26 20:07

traditional

Hi, I'm Hiro.

Do you know "koinobori"?
It is meaning "Carp streamer".

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I love it, And I feel spring has come when I see it.

I have thought "The carp is child of Dragon".
Because there is one fairy tail, "If carp climbs up the waterfall, It will changes to Dragon" in Japan.

If you want to know about it, Please check this↓
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koinobori.

2010/04/23 17:40

Hiro's obscene eyes...

Hiro stopped by at the hostel in this morning.
He finished work at 5 am, and went to Tsukiji fish market directly after.
He brought a popular Japanese style omelet and egg cake.
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Delicious!!
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Hiro told me when he stays overnight, his eyes turns to obscene. lol
He looks like a famous Japanese Yakuza actor, Sho Aikawa.
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'Hey egg, wanna ride on me?'

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2010/04/04 21:44

Our New Staff vol.2

Let me introduce our new staff, Hiro.

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Hello.
My name is Hiro.

My house is Japanese temple, My father & big brother are priest.
Very traditional family.

But,I love Overseas culture.
I have traveled around the world by a motobike.
And I learned Brasilian sports"Capoeira" for 4 years

Sorry,I can not speak English well.
Everybody, please teach me English.
Let's talk about Martial arts!
Of couse, come on persons who wants to fight with me also!!