2011/01/27 22:15

General Cleaning Day in Sakura Hostel Asakusa

By our legendary manager TOMO's command, we cleaned up the hostel thoroughly today.

Sakura Hostel Asakusa is always clean thanks to the cleaning staffs, though.

What we did today is

Look !!
The beds are dismantled !!


Jack and Johrel are in charge of bed cleaning.
It's a tough job.
(ノ*>□<)ノ{ GANBATTE !! 〕



Tomoe is mending the wall painting of "STORIES OF SAKURA".
She is very good at painting.


Agu is vacuuming around the front desk.
The narrow space between wall and PC........Very very carefully


Aki is cleaning up the guest kitchen.
Now, you can use the kitchen comfortably.


Good Job, everyone !! It became nicer.

Now, we wait for your arrival.

2010/12/26 15:22

Eto, Chinese Zodiac

If you are in Japan, you may notice you see a lot of pictures of rabits.



It's not that the Japanese people love rabits. It is Eto (Chinese Zodiac), and next year is the year of rabit.
This year is the year of tiger. It is a scheme that relates each year to an animal and its reputed attributes, according to a 12-year cycle.

They have time cycles divided into 12 parts, each labels at least the majority of those parts with names of animals, and each is widely associated with a culture of attributing influence of a person's relationship to the cycle upon their personality and/or events in their life.

If you were born in the year 1979, your sign Chinese sign is Ram.

What's your Chinese sign?

【Rat】(1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008)

You are imaginative, charming and truly generous to the person you love. However, you have a tendency to be quick-tempered and overly critical. You are also inclined to be somewhat of an opportunist. Born under this sign, you should be happy in sales or as a writer, critic, or publicist.

【Ox】 (1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009)

A born leader, you inspire confidence from all around you. You are conservative, methodical and good with your hands. Guard against being chauvinistic and always demanding your own way. The Ox would be successful as a skilled surgeon, general, or hairdresser.

【Tiger】 (1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010)

You are sensitive, emotional and capable of great love. However, you have a tendency to get carried away and be stubborn about what you think is right; often seen as a "Hothead" or rebel. Your sign shows you would be excellent as a boss, an explorer, a race car driver, or a matador.

【Rabit】(1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011)

You are the kind of person that people like to be around-affectionate, obliging, always pleasant. You have a tendency, though, to get too sentimental and seem superficial. Being cautious and conservative, you are successful in business but would also make a good lawyer, diplomat, or actor.

【Dragon】 (1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012)

Full of vitality and enthusiasm, the Dragon is a popular individual even with the reputation of being foolhardy and a "big mouth" at times. You are intelligent, gifted and a perfectionist but these qualities make you unduly demanding on others. You would be well-suited to be an artist, priest, or politician.

【Snake】 (1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013)

Rich in wisdom and charm, you are romantic and deep thinking and your intuition guides you strongly. Avoid procrastination and your stingy attitude towards money. Keep your sense of humor about life. The Snake would be most content as a teacher, philosopher, writer, psychiatrist and fortune teller.

【Horse】 (1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014)

Your capacity for hard work is amazing. You are your own person-very independent. While intelligent and friendly, you have a strong streak of selfishness and sharp cunning and should guard against being egotistical. Your sign suggests success as an adventurer, scientist, poet, or politician.

【Sheep】 (1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015)

Except for the knack of always getting off on the wrong foot with people, the Sheep can be charming company. You are elegant and artistic but the first to complain about things. Put aside your pessimism and worry and try to be less dependent on material comforts. You would be best as an actor, gardener, or beachcomber.

【Monkey】 (1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016)

You are very intelligent and have a very clever wit. Because of your extraordinary nature and magnetic personality you are always well-liked. The Monkey, however, must guard against being an opportunist and distrustful of other people. Your sign promises success in any field you try.

【Rooster】 (1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017)

The Rooster is a hard worker; shrewd and definite in decision making often speaking his mind. Because of this you tend to seem boastful to others. You are a dreamer, flashy dresser and extravagant to an extreme. Born under this sign you should be happy as a restaurant owner, publicist, soldier, or world traveler.

【Dog】 (1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018)

The Dog will never let you down. Born under this sign you are honest and faithful to those you love. You are plagued by constant worry, a sharp tongue and a tendency to be a fault finder. You would make an excellent businessman, activist, teacher or secret agent.

【Pig】 (1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019)

You are a splendid companion -- an intellectual with a very strong need to set difficult goals and carry them out.
You are sincere, tolerant and honest but by expecting the same from others you are incredibly naive. Your quest for material goods could be your downfall. The Pig would be best in the arts as an entertainer, or possibly a lawyer.


2010/12/24 16:39

Happy Holidays from all of us at Sakura Hostel Asakusa

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.

2010/12/13 22:14

Onsen (Hot spring)

Do you like Onsen?
As a volcanically active country, Japan has thousands of onsen scattered along its length and breadth.
Onsen come in many types of shapes, colors, and each with water with a different mineral composition.
I'm going to introduce some of Onsen and its color.

Transparent - Gero Onsen

White - Shirahone Onsen

Aqua - Zao Onsen

Red - Furoufushi Onsen

Black - Jindaiji Onsen

Green - Kunimi Onsen

Yellow - Heiwajima Onsen

In Tokyo, there are Transparent, black and yellow Onsen.
All colors are good for your health so you can relax and enjoy the Onsen.

2010/12/07 10:08

Most bizarre hairstyles ever seen

Fashion changes in every generation. Some old fashions come back and become popular again. But can you say the same with hairstyles? This is my personal opinion, but I think some hairstyles just don't go in any generations.

I was reading this old article about the most bizarre hairstyles and I laughed so hard looking at these pics, so I thought I'd share them with you.

Maybe some of you might have already seen these pictures.

I'm not sure if they're serious, or they're doing it just for fun, but it made my day.





2010/11/22 15:55

Jigokudani Monkey's Onsen

Japanese people love Onsen (hot spring). We like going on a Onsen trip in various places in Japan. But you know, not only people love onsen, monkeys love onsen too!



The place where the monkey's onsen is in Jigokudani, located in Northern part of Nagano-Prefecture.
People called Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) because they could see the spectacle that looks like the hell that steep cliff, spring out boiling water from the surface of the earth.

By Train
From JR Tokyo Station, take the JR Shinkansen to Nagano.
From JR Nagano Station, take the Nagano Dentetsu train to Yudanaka. From Yudanaka, take a bus or taxi to Kanbayashi Onsen. From there, it's about a 30 min walk to the Jigokudani Yaen-koen entrance.


If you have some time, why not take a trip to Jigokudani and see the monkeys, also enjoy the onsen!

2010/11/09 21:02

Hanafuda - Japanese playing card

Do you know Hanafuda?
Hanafuda is one of traditional Japanese games, and is also Japanese playing card.
Before we had Nintendo video games, Hanafuda was a popular game among kids. Nintendo company also makes Hanafuda besides video games.
It is fun as a game, but what I really want to say here is the picture of these cards.


Each card has 12 different flower plants or scenery for 12 different months. The word "Hana" means flower. That is why the game is called Hanafuda.
When I see the pictures of these cards, I see the good sense and beauty that Japanese people had back in the day.
My favorite card is this "Full Moon with Red Sky".

Simple design, yet, I can feel the magnificence from it.
Do you see any cards you like?

2010/11/04 21:24

Right Brain v Left Brain (Optical Illusion)

A woman is turning in circle.

If you see the woman turning clockwise, that means you use more of the right side of the brain.
If you see the woman turning anti-clockwise, that means you use more of the left side of the brain.

uses logic
detail oriented
facts rule
words and language
present and past
math and science
can comprehend
order/pattern perception
knows object name
reality based
forms strategies

uses feeling
"big picture" oriented
imagination rules
symbols and images
present and future
philosophy & religion
can "get it" (i.e. meaning)
spatial perception
knows object function
fantasy based
presents possibilities
risk taking

I see the woman turning clockwise.
What about you?
Which side of the brain do you use more?

2010/10/18 12:06

Friendship Party at Sakura Hostel Asakusa

Just this past weekend, we had a friendship party at the hostel.
The party is held every week at various locations (Sakura Hostel Asakusa, Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro, Hatagaya and Jimbocho), and the purpose of this party is to meet new friends.

So what kind of party did we have at the hostel last Sunday? We did a maki-zushi (sushi roll) party.

I prepared various types of ingredients; cucumber, pickled radish, crab sticks, tuna salad, egg etc.



With my culinary experience, I showed them how to make sushi rolls.


We were very pleased to have so many guests attending this party and everyone had a lot of fun making the sushi rolls.


One of the guests made these sushi rolls. Pretty good, don't you think?

I made these with the leftover ingredients (Our staff Agu made the rolls ;-P).

The party was very successful and we were all happy that our guests enjoyed themselves.

We will be having more parties so stop by and make new friends!

Thanks to everyone who came to the party and we hope to see you soon!

2010/09/28 23:16

A magical stone that cures illness

A magical stone that cures illness.
Sounds like a fairytail but such stone exists in Japan!

The name of the stone is "Hokutoseki"
The Hokutoseki can only be found in Taiwan and Tamagawa onsen in Akita prefecture, Japan.
Magazines introduce the stone as "Good for health", "Cures illness", so it became famous.


There is a scientific proof that it is good for health, and you cannot take it home because it is protected by government.


Since you cannot take the stone, people go to the Tamagawa onsen for their good health or wish to be cured whatever illness they may have.
They lie on the ground so they would feel the "power" the stone has.

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Looks kinda strange doesn't it?

Don't worry, it is not a cult.
I don't know how good it is, but since it's good for health, I'd like to check it out some day.

2010/09/05 02:00


I'm so fascinated with "Ippei-kun".
Ippei-kun is a mascot character for a soccer team (FC Ehime) in Japan.


For a soccer team's mascot character, he isn't so good looking.
AND, there is a real problem.
The character is ridiculously weak! Everytime they do a race within fellow mascot characters, Ippei-kun pulls a muschle, or suffer from heat exhaustion and carry him off on a strecher.


Of course, these are just an act, but if the character is weak and always having problems, it's kind of a bad luck for the soccer team.
But then, the mismatch is kind of interesting.


FC Ehime is not a major soccer team, but people go see the game just to see Ippei-kun.

You can watch some of the videlo clips of Ippei-kun below.


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2010/09/03 03:51

The sound of Fall

The Fall is just around the corner, but the extreame weather madness still continues in Tokyo.

At nighttime, you start to hear the sound of bugs which has evoke a Fall image.

One of the famous bugs that represents the Japanese Fall is Suzumushi, also known as the bell-cricket.

The sound is very mellow.
It is said that the sound of Suzumushi can only be heard in Japan.
When you are here, listen to the beautiful sound of Suzumushi. It somehow relaxes you.

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


Sakura Girls!!


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


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


2010/08/23 15:20

My last day in Sakura


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
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
Jack=Supportive and gentle, but keeping a gang sta mind in secret

Johrel=Fashionable and peaceful, but scared at a cockroach
Enoki=Serious and organized, at the same time, funny and hilarious

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.

I'll definitely stop by sometimes to say hello.

See you then!! Muah!!

2010/08/12 00:24

Why Japanese people wear a face mask ~part 2~

When you look at a person, what do you look at?
According to a book, Japanese people look at a person's eyes, and Westerners look at their lips/mouth.
Therefore, Japanese people don't usually wear sun glasses.
They feel that not showing their eyes would be impolite.

Unlike the Westerners, the lips are part of their expression, so they don't cover their mouth.

It is very usual that Japanese people wear a face mask in everyday life.
You'd probably see a lot of people wearing face masks in the winter, but don't be scared :)

2010/08/10 02:04

Fujikyu Highland Park

Do you guys know there is a famous amusement park called Fujikyu Highland near the Mt. Fuji?
There are some of the best amusement attractions in the world.

the king of roller coasters that set 4 Guinness records in 1997, reaching the max speed of 130 km/h. No matter how many times you ride it, the excitement and thrill never fade. FUJIYAMA II, also called the optic fiber, black light or magnesium light, will definitely lead you to the world of unceasing excitement and thrill.


With its overwhelming acceleration, DODONPA reaches 172 km/h in only 1.8 sec after launch. Challenge your limit with the feeling of zero gravity, incredible slope and vertical rise and fall!


eejanaika, the mega roller coaster officially launched in Fuji-Q Highland on July 19,2006, set a Guinness record for the total number of spin. The previous record was set by Colossus, a 10-inversion roller coaster at Thorpe Park in the U.K. Apart from inversions, a running feature has been added to eejanaika, and the seats spin forward and backward. This unprecedented creature with 14 inversions has set the 13th Guinness record, following FUJIYAMA, the king of roller coasters, and DODONPA, the world’s tremendous roller coaster.

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They also started a new attraction this summer where you can see a life-size Evangelion.


They may close the park for maintenance, so please check their website, or ask our staff if you have any questions.

Enjoy your summer!

2010/08/08 15:44

We ♥ Himonoya!!!


"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.

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!!

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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2010/08/05 22:06

Bye bye Ben chan

It is certainly nice to gather with all the staff and have dinner and drink. Tonight was Ben's last day of work, and we throw a farewell party for him at an izakaya.


He's been working with us for 2 months as an intern, and he's going back to Germany this Saturday! He was such a good worker and we will miss him so much.


Thank you so much Ben chan, we hope you enjoyed working with us. When you come back, don't forget to visit us!

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???

2010/06/13 23:24

Johrel's Bento box

Sometimes it cost too much if you buy bento box from convenience stores. So, I made one for myself tonight because I had some time before work.

This is what I made. Very simple, and saved me some money.


☆ croquette
☆ dumplings
☆ sauteed ham, bean sprout and chives
☆ beans
☆ mini tomato
☆ rice

What should I make tomorrow?

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!!!

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Portugal !
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We are waiting for your arrival with passionate heart.
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2010/06/05 15:37

Finally, Johrel got the.....

i PAD!!!!!!!!!!


Johrel was waiting for a long time and he finally got it the day
when the i pad was just released in Japan.
He made a reservation thru the Mac website, so that he didn't have to
make a loooooong line to get them.

There is a Mac shop locates in Akihabara.
Its just 2 station from Asakusa.
Why don't you get the hottest item to fulfill your ordinary life?

2010/06/03 13:49

Sakura Futsal Night

Last night, we had a futsal.
People from Sakura Hotel, Hostel, and Sakura House got together and play.

Group Picture~

Tsuyoshi, Naoto, Johrel, and Kevin teamed up.
Cheers with beer

Run, Johrel, Run!
Johrel is stretching and getting ready for the next half match.


The game ended in a 3-3 tie.
Good job guys!

By the way, Naoto hasn't had sore muscles by yesterday's futsal so far.
If he gets sore tomorrow, that means he's turning to Oyaji (old men) lol.

2010/05/31 22:45

Protein brothers

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


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


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

2010/04/12 06:25

Attention Ramen lovers!

Are you a ramen fanatic? Then don't miss this opportunity! We have FREE admission tickets to Raumen Museum in Shin-Yokohama, a little over an hour by train from Tokyo.



The main area is set up like a city in Japan in the 1950s. In one section they have several different Ramen resturants. There are different choices of ramen for each different region of Japan that have been chosen to be the best of the best.




Come here hungry and try various bowls of ramens. Just ask our staff for the ticket if you'd like to go. Here is the link to the website for more information on Raumen Museum.

2010/04/09 04:44

Did you know?

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced that the Tsukiji Fish Market's tuna auction site is temporarily close to the public from April 8th to May 8th. The tuna auction has become one of the most popular site seeing spots in Japan and more and more visitors have been to the area observing the auction. They said that they had over 500 people waiting in line to see the auction!


The government decided to close the tuna auction area to secure the area's safety and keep the market's operations from being disrupted by visitors.

But don't worry, the market is not completely close down. You can still go to the other area and see fisherman slicing the big tuna. That's not something you see everyday.


Also you can have fresh fish for your breakfast! I had this delicious Kaisendon (a bowl of rice topped with sashimi) for my breakfast. Yummy!


The tuna auction area will re-open to the public on May 10. Till then, you don't have to get up too early to go to the fish market.

2010/04/06 03:34

Hanami at Shinjuku Gyoen


It was probably the best day for hanami (viewing cherry blossom). I went to this place called Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Shinjuku last weekend for hanami. It is one of the best gardens in Tokyo and a popular location for hanami.


It'll cost 200 yen to get in, but it was worth the cost.

2010/03/27 03:10

It's been a week...

It's been a week since Yuri left the hostel. We had a farewell party for her last week at a cozy Korean restaurant in Asakusa.
It's very rare to get together and have dinner like we did last week.
We sure had a great time getting together outside of work.

We gave her dish sets as a wedding gift.
Last night, she sent us an email with a photo.
Look, she's already making use of our gift! (^o^)/
The meal looks so good! I didn't know Yuri can cook.

Anyway, we are happy for her and hope that they have a great life together.
Come visit us anytime, Yuri, the staff and our guests are waiting for you☆☆

2010/02/02 08:46

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

It's very rare in Tokyo to get snow like last night.
I knew it was going to snow, but I didn't think we'd get that much! I'm sure a lot of people weren't ready for this.




Lucky Christina, it was her first time to see the snow! She was so excited, she helped make the snowman with guys.

Isn't she cute?


2009/11/15 01:29

Mt. Fuji


Have you ever seen Mt. Fuji from the top?
I was on the airplane on the way to Taiwan, I looked out of the window, there it is!
The highest mountain in Japan.
What are the chances huh? I was lucky (^o^)ノ
Maybe I'll climb the mountain next year when the weather is nice and see the sunrise from the top.
That'd be awesome.

By the way, doesn't it kinda look like HERSHEY'S KISSES?


I'm in the mood for chocolate now♪

2009/11/04 03:20

Spirited Away

Have you ever seen a movie called "Spirited Away"?


I went on a trip to Taiwan and went to a place called 九份 (Jiu fen).


A small town in north Taiwan.
Famous Japanese film director, Miyazaki Hayao got an inspiration and modeled this place for his famous film, "千と千尋の神隠し (Spirited Away)"


The weather was cloudy, but I was able to see the beautiful scenery, just like in the movie.


The place made me feel somewhat nostalgic.



If you ever have a chance to visit Taiwan, I recommend going to Jiu fen.
It only takes a little more than 1 hour by bus from Taipei city.

2009/10/03 05:19

Little trip to Kamakura

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Kamakura. Kamakura is famous for Buddha and temples, and is a good day trip from Tokyo for locals and tourists.



The weather was lovely and I really enjoyed the atmosphere. For a quiet little town, the place offers many temples. Sometimes, Kamakura is called the Kyoto of Eastern Japan.



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It only takes less than an hour from Tokyo, and there are plenty of transportation. Like I said, it is good for a day trip. If you get bored in Tokyo, why not take a little trip to Kamakura? I think you'll have a good time.

2009/09/21 14:42

Johrel went crazy?

One day, when I arrived at the hostel,
I saw Johrel was smashing a chair into tiny pieces.
What I thought were as follows↓
Some scampish guests made you get angry last night?
He was sick and tired of Naoto's pranks?
He's had about enough of Tomo's unreasonable demands?

I hesitated to ask what happend to him but realized he was smiling:)
Hmmm, he's just doing it to throw it away:P

Don't worry, Naoto&Tomo. He is very mild person♪

2009/09/16 04:47

Kuwagata - the Stag Beetle

Last night, one of our guests was walking and a stag beetle landed on his head! How often do you get into such situation?! So he brought it to the hostel.

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I was actually surprised to see the stag beetle in the city, because you usually see them in the country side or in the mountain. I remember when I was a kid I used to have them fight like a sumo wrestling. You set up a small ring like in sumo and have them fight until one gets out of ring. Beetle vs Stag beetle, Beetle vs Beetle... Good old summer days.

We would've kept it as our pet, but it's best to bring it back to the nature.. so we did.

2009/08/12 03:56

Video clips on Tokyo

I have a friend who works as a reporter for NHK, Nippon Hoso Kyokai, (Japan Broadcasting Corporation).
On his personal website, I found very interesting video clips on Tokyo and I'd like to share them with you.

Each report (video clip) is a little bit long, but they are very informative and I think you can get a better idea about Tokyo, or Japan in general.

Here's the link to the video clips


2009/08/08 04:30

Trip to South Korea by Johrel


A few weeks ago, I went on a trip to Seoul, South Korea.
To be honest, I didn't expect much from this trip because there are many similarities between South Korea and Japan, including shops, buildings, and food choices.
Why did I choose South Korea for my vacation? Simple reasons... The plane ticket was affordable and it only takes about 2 hours to get there!


I'm glad I went because I had a really good time! The food was great and there were many people who spoke Japanese in the places I visited, so I didn't have to worry about miscommunication.

What I find interesting is that, although there are many similarities in terms of atmosphere, some things are totally different. For example, in Japan, a lot of people hold their plates/rice bowl up while eating, but not in Korea. In Korea, all plates and bowls remain on the table and you have to use a spoon to have soup, unlike Japanese people who usually hold their soup bowl and eat it directly from there.

Anyway, if you ever have a chance to visit South Korea, I recommend trying Korean food because it is so delicious and affordable! Shopping is a lot of fun too! Because I didn't have much time to spend in Korea last time, I'm going back there again this month! So I can experience more of Korea.


Here are some more photos I took when I was there.




They were shooting some famous Korean TV drama that is currently showing.


An Actress having her make-up done.

2009/02/14 14:50

Introducing our new staff

Hello, my name is Johrel (pronounced as jor-el).
It's been about 2 months since I started working at Sakura Hostel.
I'm still new to this industry but staff here are very friendly and kind
which makes it easier for me to work.

A bit more about myself... I'm Japanese and Filipino mix.
I was born in the Philippines but I grew up in Japan.
Unfortunately, I cannot speak Tagalog (Filipino language), but I can speak English and Japanese.

Here are some of the things I enjoy doing when I have free time:

* Taking photographs
* Designing websites, posters
* Cooking
* Watching movies
* Listening to music
* Surfing the web

Due to my dad's job, I've lived in several countries.
I came back to Japan a few years ago from the US (Rhode Island)
where I spent 7 years.
I really enjoy being in a place where many different cultures meet in one place.
This place is great because we have people coming from many different countries
and so far I enjoy it!

(Written by Johrel)