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2014/11/25 16:00

【Tsukiji market 】- We can watch the Tuna auction here early morning.

Hello everyone!!

When I had a night shift in the Sakura Hostel, Many guests asked me to call a taxi to watch a Tuna Auction on the fishimarket.

I was wondering that how is interesting place there.

The time of auction is just midnight so it isn't easy to make a planning.


However, I could get this place finally this day.

So I introduce about Tuna Auction here.


I headed to fish market one Monday on November.

I expected that it would be busy so I left earlier because the market is closed every Sunday.

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I got there about 3:30 am. Some people were still made a line to wait.

It' was't easy to wait outside like these cold midnight...

Almost 4 am, a stuff let us entered a waiting room. It was warm in the room by air conditionar.


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And then They gave us a print which registration number are wrriten at right bottom. I had a NO.11.

Two sets of nearly 60 people (Total 120 people) can watch the auction each day.

So nobody can expect which date is busy or not.

It can be watched first-come, first-served.


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Made us separate to yellow jackets group and green jackets group.

Yellow jackets was first group then.

After that, everybody was just killing a time here.

Fortunately we could wait in the warm room.

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If someone would take a own car to get to Tsukiji,

a big parking managed by Chuo city is located at north west of market.

It is every 30 minutes for JPY200 always.

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2014/11/24 00:20

Trip to Germany, Vol 4 -- Best Backpackers Hostel In Tokyo, Sakura Hostel Asakusa --

Hello, everyone.
This is Yusa from Sakura hostel Asakusa.

My previous article is here.

Trip to Germany vol:3

I moved on Munchen from Berlin.

My photos are here!


I found that most of all city of Europe has a square.

I really admire this culture, Envy!


Shopping steet.

I remember buying Contact lenses here,haha!


Marienplatz square and New town hall made by Neo-Gothic architecture.
Here is very famous for clock's moving dolls Glockenspiel.


The city view from lookout.
I surprised there is no tall building!
I felt that residents respect beauty of city landscape from bottom of heart.


it's the Glockenspiel which I mentioned!
Unfortunately, I can't show you their dancing.
Marienplatz was so crowded to watch this dancing dolls.



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2014/11/23 01:16

"Look up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! Hmm, what's that?"

Hello everyone!! It's the trainee, Tomo!!

Yes, it is not about my hometown, Yokosuka any more!!

You must be glad, hahaha!!

Now, I have no clue what I should write about on this blog, so I decided to look back.

I studied filmmaking at Los Angeles City College.

While I was there and after I graduated, I made (mostly produced) tons of short films, music videos, and made a 5 minutes TV show called "TAKE OFF" for a Japanese Cable Television in Nagano. (Luckily it went on for 2 seasons, 24 episodes in total.
Throughout 2 seasons, I introduced different aspects of Los Angeles, CA., National Parks in Arizona & Utah and Las Vegas, NV.)

After 14 years of my life in Los Angeles, California, I returned to Japan 4 years ago, the summer of 2010.

Even though I used a consumer type of digital video camera to produce those episodes for TV show, I had never trused picture quality of those cameras on my mobile phones back in Los Angeles.

But once I got a job as a manager at my friend's bakery, my eyes started capturing different things in so many different angles.

That's when I started using the camera on my iPhone 3G.

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2014/11/22 20:40

[Useful Information] Strongly Recommended to Book Your Trip for those dates in ADVANCE! [ Backpackers' Hostel in Tokyo ]

Are you the person who book everything for your trip such as flight, train ticket, and accommodation in advance?
Or are you the person who is really easy-going & adventurous and don't book NOTHING except the flight to come to Japan?

For the second person, I really want to say loud...


"Be careful!"

Since we Japanese people don't have much vacation comparing the western people, the people will travel at the SAME TIME.

Can you guess what will be happened with this fact?

Yes, there will be fewer space for foreign tourists.

Today I'd like you to give the information of when Japanese people normally travel.
We strongly recommend to book your flight, night bus, ticket for Ghibli Museum, and of course your place to sleep in ADVANCE if you're coming to Japan for those dates.
Please check it out!

- January 1st to 3rd : Japanese New Year's Holiday. Most of people go to hometown for celebrating New Year. Transporation is more packed than usual.

- January the second weekend : The second Monday of January is the Coming of Age Day (成人の日). The second weekend will be 3 days holidays, so Japanese people have chance to travel.

- Around February 11th : Feb 11th is the National Foundation Day (建国記念日). Sometimes this holiday is coming during weekdays, so be careful!

- March 20th / 21st : The Vernal Equinox Day (春分の日). It depends on the year. Students travel more during this season.

- Around April 29th & the end of April : From April 29th or around this date, the medium-term of holiday "Golden Week" is begun. Everybody travel to other cities so everything is very very busy! Be careful at the most!!!!

- Around May 3rd, 4th adn 5th & the beginnig of May : All of these three dates are national holidays of Japan. Around these dates you should be careful because they are also counted in Golden Week.

- The 3rd of Week of July : The third Monday of July is the national holiday "Ocean Day" (海の日). As same as the case of Coming of Age Day, you should be careful.

- The middle of August : In this period, Japanese people go to their hometown to visit the family and relatives. Transportation is more packed than usual! And some of the tourist facitilies or some shops are closed.

- The 3rd weekend & the 4th week of September : This short-term holiday is called "Silver Week" in Japan. More people go travelling!

- The 2nd weekend of October : The 2nd Monday of Oct is the national holiday "Health-Sport Day" (体育の日). You should be careful as same as the case of Ocean Day in July!.

- Around November 3rd : The date is considered as the national holiday "Culture Day" (文化の日).

- Around November 23rd : This day is the national holiday "Labor Thanksgiving Day" (勤労感謝の日). Sometimes it becomes three-days holidays on weekend, so everything is packed!

- Around December 23rd : Dec 23rd is the Emperor's Birthday (天皇誕生日). Also it's getting common to spend Christmas Eve & Christmas Day in some hotels among young people, so be careful!

- The end of year : From Dec 28th to January 3rd, Japanese people take a short winter vacation. Therefore people travel and go hometown!

I hope this blog can be helpful and useful for all those who is planning the trip to Japan!

And to book your bed in Sakura Hostel Asakusa, please go to this link!

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2014/11/21 18:00

[Sports] Introduction to Blind Football [Tokyo Friendly & Budget Hostel]

Hi there! This is Ayu the Football Mania from Sakura Hostel Asakusa.

Today, I'm going to introduce a new type of football.
Some of you might have never even heard of it, I guess...

That is Blind Football.

The World Championship is now being held here in Tokyo!


Blind Football is football played by athletes with visual impairments.

Its history is not very long yet. There have been nationwide tournaments in Spain and Brazil in 1980s, and was added to the Paralympic Games in 2004.
It is 5-a-side, so the rules are much more similar to futsal than 11-a-side football.

One team consists of 5 players - 1 goalkeeper and 4 field players. It is permitted to use sighted athletes only as goalkeepers.
Besides 5 players, there's also an important role called 'guide' (or 'caller' in Japan) who stands in the back of opposite goal and assist the players with voice.

This week, I had chance to watch the game in the stadium.
I had watched the video before, but it was my first time to watch the live game.
It was so amazing!!

This chanpionship is games of Class B1 (totally or almost totally blind), and players in this class must wear eye mask to be in the equal condition.

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So it is clear that they cannot see the ball, other players, or even where they're standing, but they play as if they can see!

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For players to know where the ball is, their balls are a bit different from the normal one.


It looks quite normal, but is filled with ball-bearings to make it rattle when it rolls.
With that rattle noise and the voices of sighted goalkeeper and guide, the players can see where the balls, other players are, and of course where they're standing at.

What do you think is the biggest difference for audience?
As VOICES are very important guide for players, we audience are not allowed to make any noise when the play is on!
I am very used to cheering in the normal football game, so it was kinda hard for me not to shout unawares.
However, there were many supporters for team Japan!


We, team Japan lost in quarterfinal today, but the tournament still goes on.
If you're interested, check out the official website, and you can also see the live streaming of the game!

I hope more and more people get to know and enjoy blind football!

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2014/11/20 05:00

【Tokyo Disney Sea】- It is worth playing once in Japan.

Hello everyone. Here is Kazuma again.

Tokyo Disneyland became a representative of Tokyo majer spots.

Also there is also several of main city all of the world.

But have you ever heard Disney sea?

Make sure it is only in Tokyo.

Yes, This is a Tokyo Disney Sea.



Disney sea and Disney land are located next each other.

So both are reached from Maihama station by JR Keiyo line.

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Here is a main gate of Disney sea.

There are a lot of people even if weekday.

I realized that is decolated with like X'mas.


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A scenery seems like be not in Japan.

We are satisfied for just watcing suce sceanry without attraction vehicles.


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I can't decide easily what I ate on lunch.

There are many tasty menu to tempt me...

Finally I ordered a simple curry rice with naan.


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There are Micky and Minnie dolls with snow decoration version.

Also they are wearing X'mas clothes. so much lovely!!


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Everywhere would be lighted up when it was derk.

It became a X'mas season completely.

I worried about how to spend this Xmas...

It is just middle of week this year.


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Too much lovely X'mas tree.

Each places are starting to X'mas decolation gradually.

Asakusa isn't an exception either.



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2014/11/19 10:47

Trip to Germany, Vol 3 -- Best Backpackers Hostel In Tokyo, Sakura Hostel Asakusa --

Hello, everyone.
This is Yusa from Sakura hostel Asakusa.

My previous article is here.

Trip to Germany vol:2

I found many interesting statues during my stay in Berlin.

I felt great sense of beauty of Europe.....

I introduce some of them!


Victory Monument.

Golden, Shiny body!


It's my favorite!


Why star on the head....why horse attacks


I can't remember this place exactly, but I remember atmosphere is so nice.

Monument park where there are statues surrounded by woods.


It's crow?

Lovely face, isn't it?14665111011_0796620e4e_z.jpgLook!

Map on the body!

It's really helpful!(really?)

Really fun to walk a city!

There are many cultural differences between Japan and Europe(Germany).

I felt Western architecture is more gorgeus compared to Japanese them.

Architecture is made from our custom and mind.



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Only 3000 JPY per Night!

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2014/11/18 16:19

[Travel Diary] It's Foodie's Heaven! My travel report of Langkawi Island in Malaysia <3 [ Backpacker's Hostel in Tokyo ]

5 days ago, I've flown to Langkawi Island of Malaysia for my mini vacation in Autumn :)
It was amazing stay and I found that Langkawi is just a heaven for foodies!

Here I will show you some pictures which make you feel hungry <3

My favorite dish of Southeast Asian countries : Steamed Chicken & Rice!

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Good for cooling with the hot weather of Langkawi!

Laksa! It's like a Japanese noodle "Udon" :)
Spicy but Good <3

Nasi Goleng Langkawi :)
Spicy Fried Rice with Egg and fried seafood<3


Food Exploration in Night Market in Kuah Town!
I enjoyed some samosa & bihun noodle <3
Cheap but YAMMY <3<3<3


It's called "Bakso", the soup with some meat balls and noodles.
I liked this soup very much!



Lovely Buffet of Malaysian BBQ on cruise <3
I was really attracted by delicious salads and satay(chicken bbq) X)

My last dinner at the hotel's restaurant...
I enjoyed grilled seabass with vegetables. Just elegant flavor made me melted <3

Overall I was eating something and thinking about food at every moment during this trip... LOL
But now I can recommend Langkawi Island for every foodies for next trip ;)

See you next time <3

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2014/11/17 21:00

[Event Report] Shodo Workshop & Free Sake Trial Night on Nov 16th [Tokyo Friendly Hostel]

Hi all! This is Ayu from Sakura Hostel Asakusa!

Last night, we held 2 FREE events for our guests.

One is Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) Workshop, which we're holding every month.

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We invite volunteer teachers to our hostel, and they teach you how to write your name in kanji (Chinese character).

First, the teacher picks the characters which has the same sound as your name.

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Even if it has the same sound, some of the character represents something bad.
So the teacher will select the suitable character carefully with dictionary.

After the characters were determined, teacher writes a example first.

Then, it's your turn to try!

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Some guests look at the example very carefully and write so slowly, while others write so quick.
It's so interesting that your personality will be shown when you try Japanese calligraphy!

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After the Shodo workshop, we held another event.
It is Free Sake Trial!

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We held this event last month for the first time, and a lot of guests enjoyed their very first sake trial.
That's why we already planned 2nd time!

We're so happy that many guests joined and enjoyed this time too.

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There are more events coming up this year and next year too!
Please check here for further information, and sign up if you're interested^^
* Some of our events are only for Sakura Hotel/Hostel guests and Sakura House residents.

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2014/11/16 16:24

My hometown, Yokosuka, Kanagawa PART 4

Hello, it's the trainee, Tomo here.

Yes, I know.
You might look back the title of this blog and wondering, "PART 4?"
Yes, I wrote on my last blog that was going to be the last blog about my hometown, Yokosuka.

BUT, I want to show you something for one last time, so please do not turn off or close your computers.

The summer of 2014 for me was one of the hardest time in my life since I was looking for a new job.

Once you stop working everyday and start staying at home longer, you also find things you totally forgot their existance..
For me, it was to look up the sky.

Of course, it changes its look everyday, and sometimes just the breathtaking.

Are you interested by now?
Maybe not, but anyways, here are some pics I took from a window of my home in Yokosuka.

What do you see in the sky?
I call this picture, "Godzilla".

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