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Something is being built....

Irina 55

Posted by: Irina

Today is Thursday but a national holiday here in Japan.  The hotel is very quiet and so I decided to go for a wander around the neighbourhood.

As you can see something strange is going on just behind the hotel....

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When I went back an hour later it looked like this....

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Hmm, maybe it was the reason that our manager Mr. Ishida was looking through this box....

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and the reason he was stressed...

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Keep your eye out for tomorrow's blog to find out more!

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The start of Golden Week

Lynsey 53

Posted by: Lynsey

Today is the start of Golden Week here in Japan.  I am not sure why it is called Golden Week but it is a few consecutive days of national holidays when companies are closed and everyone has a few days off.

During these days off many people get into their cars and set off to the countryside or their home towns and the roads end up like this...

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Ha ha!  maybe it is best just to stay in the hotel and enjoy our beer collection!

This year the holidays are April 29th and May 1st to the 5th.  It is all work as usual on the 6th!

Anyway enjoy your holidays and if you have some free time come and see us at the hotel!

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The cooking apron and Mr Otani

Lynsey 51

Posted by: Lynsey

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"Wow" I hear you say!

Yes our very own Mr Otani is preparing to do some cooking!

Even the guy sat on the left is surprised!!

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I wonder what treats he will make for us....

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Welsh cakes !

Irina 54

Posted by: Irina

Do you know Welsh cake ?
Lynsey made welsh cake for our new cafe menu.

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Welsh cake is  traditional welsh snacks.
It's like a scone but shape is deferent and baked by  frying pan (Bakestone )
Raisin and apricot in it.  Cooking time less than 40mins. 

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Yummy !!!!!!
I would like to have welsh cakes with a cup  of tea.
Definitely this will be our  new  cafe menu  ..... Homemade Welsh cake! 

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Thank you Lynsey.

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Have you tried Umeboshi?

Lynsey 49

Posted by: Lynsey

We were feeling a bit hungry this afternoon so I went to Family Mart in search of snacks.  Luckily they had one of my favourite snacks - Umeboshi!

Have you ever heard of umeboshi?  There is no good English to explain it but it is a salty, sour, pickled plum which is bright red.  Sometimes you can find them in onigiri (rice ball) or in Ochazuke (rice and soup).  

The first time I tried umeboshi I hated them but over the last few years I have started to really like them.  But even now when I eat one I can't help but make a strange face....

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Please don't laugh until you try one for yourself!!!

Irina was laughing until she tried one too!

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Please try umeboshi when you come to Japan!

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Broken eggs...

Lynsey 46

Posted by: Lynsey

Do you know what this flag is?

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Please carry on reading to find out!

Since today is Sunday we have had time to think about new items for our cafe menu.  I tried to think back to my childhood and remembered how my Gran would always make Welsh cakes for me and my little brother on Saturday afternoons.

My Gran was from Wales, but we lived just over the border in England and she loved cake but not really sweet cakes, which is why welsh cakes are so great!

Anyway during my lunch break I decided to go and buy ingredients for the cakes.  I left my bag of shopping on the table to sort out later and when I turned around it had fallen to the floor....

and this happened....

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Oh no!  Well, I suppose I'll just have to go back to the Fujiya, the supermarket around the corner again....

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Or just make less cakes....More about the making of the cakes soon!

And in case you haven't guessed by now the flag is the national flag of my Gran's country, Wales!

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Thank you card

Lynsey 39

Posted by: Lynsey

We had a lovely surprise last week when we had a thank you letter arrive from Canada!

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Thank you Keiko!  We hope to see you again soon!

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I Love Sushi!

Irina 41

Posted by: Irina

Have you ever tried Sushi?  I really love sushi and lucky for me there is a really great sushi restaurant just behind Sakura Hotel.

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It is called Yoshino Sushi!

I chose the 1,700yen sushi lunch set, you get sushi, miso soup and green tea-it's a bargain.  The fish is really fresh and traditional sushi, look at the photos below!

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sushi 002.jpg  This is it!  The Sushi arrives!  (by the way California roll isn't Japanese sushi so don't ask for any!!)

and about 2 minutes later my plate looked like this....

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Gochisosama deshita!  (It is what we say after eating)  

So when you come and stay with us please go and visit Yoshino Sushi and say hello to Mr. Yoshino!

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