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Do you eat octopus in your country?

kuwahara 566

Posted by: kuwahara


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Do you eat octopus in your country?
In Japan, we do - we eat loads of them.

We Japanese are the largest consumer of octopus, 
which accounts for about 60% of its' whole consumption around the world.

Other countries where octopuses are eaten include China, Korea
and South European countries such as Greece, Spain and Italy.
Western European countries do not have customs of eating octopus,
and it is sometimes called as a "devilfish".

Well, whatever it is called in other countries, it's my favourite food!
I especially love eating it as sashimi.

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Mmm!

If anyone knows a good recipe for cooking octopus,
please let me know!


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Funny clouds

kuwahara 565

Posted by: kuwahara


I like looking at the sky.
It is really interesting because sometimes you can see funny clouds.


The most common one you get in summer is the cumulonimbus clouds 
(or thunder clouds), which cause squall with thunders.

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I quite like cirrocumulus clouds (or mackerel clouds), which look like scales of fish.
I think it's very artistic, but I always wonder how those shapes are formed...

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Below is the Cirrus cloud.

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Here is Nimbus clouds (or rainy clouds).

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And this is altostratus clouds.

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Finally, contrail clouds!

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Now you've learnt some names of the clouds,
you'll know what type of cloud you're looking at the next time you look up in the sky!


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Akihabara directions!

Maria 564

Posted by: Maria

Hello all!

Do you know Akiba ?  Maybe most of you know it as Akihabara, the "electric town".
And also famous for Manga, Anime, Otaku, computer games, maid café's just to mention a few....
Akihabara is not so far from Sakura Hotel Jimbocho. You can actually go on foot. 
However, if you are anything like me, slow and lazy, keep reading this blog to find out how to get there by tube!  

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From  Jimbocho station  please  take Shinjuku line (Green line)  to Iwamotochio station. 
170yen one way. 











At Iwamoto st 岩本町駅  please take the A3 Exit.
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go up the ground floor
then turn left. 











You can see MacDonald on your left side.
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Go straight down this street, please.






  
   
                          


Cross the bridge.
You can see the YODOBASHI Camera building on your left side.      
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Turn left, please. 
You can now see many different shops ! 
Enjoy.
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This is ライジオ館. Radio building.
My favorite place. next to the JR AKIHABARA station. 






That's all for today. 
Until next time
Bubye!

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Summer Sonic 2011!

Maria 563

Posted by: Maria

Hello all!

As I mentioned in a previous blog about Fuji Rock, summer is festival season, and Summer Sonic was last weekend. 
It was my first festival experience, and it was indeed a hot one (in more than one sense)!!


One of my all time favourite bans, X Japan played and they gave, as always a fantastic performance. All other bands on the Marine stage were using a minimum amount of lights and visual due to this summers power saving. This of course would be impossible for a band like X! They used fire, lasers and confetti bombs, which still was all VERY toned down for a band like X Japan! So the audience as you can imagine were going crazy! 

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They played their newest song as well as some old classics. What was most moving was when drummer Yoshiki asked for a moment of silence. Last month (17th) former X bassist Taiji passed away. This moment of silence was to remember those who have passed, not only former X members Hide and Taiji, but also for all those lost in this years Great Kanto Earthquake. The whole stadium (over 20,000 people) fell silent. A historical moment. 

Another band that really impressed me was the Japanese hardcore band  マクシマム・ザ・ホルモン (MAXIMUM THE HORMONE). A  dynamic hardcore  performance with surprisingly lots of comedy took my by great surprise. I had heard them many times before, but never seen them live. It definitely added to the respect I have for them!


Finally, one of the major guests in the line up, the Red Hot Chili Pepers. New band member Josh Kilington rocked the house with classics as well as new hits. Flea was as always entertaining and slap-tasically awesome (I really love Flea!!!!).  I definitely think their age is catching up to them as the performance was rather mellow and toned down. Still amazing to see these veterans live!



And that's all I have to say! It was an extremely hot day and I had to stand up most of the time, but at the end of it it was worth every drop of sweat, every aching toe and every burnt flake of skin. A day to remember.


Until next time.
Bubye

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Vacanze estive di Bon

Takeshi 561

Posted by: Takeshi


in Giappone come sapete,sono gia' iniziate le vacanze estive di Bon
(in pratica il periodo regionale di buddismo in cui tornano lo spirito degli antenati
al nostro mondo)allora anche la maggior parte degli uffici giapponesi chiudono circa
per 1 settimana. in quest'anno a causa del terremoto,per risparmiare le energie,
anche alcune ditte chiudono piu' di 1 settimana. dalla settimana scorsa come vedete
le immagine,tanti giapponesi sono partiti per l'estero anche perche' momentaneamente,
la moneta giapponese Yen e' molto alta nei confronti di dollari ed Euro.
per l'industria giapponese soprattutto nel campo automobiriale,e' molto in crisi in questa situazione.al contrario ovviamente per i turisti giapponesi e' il periodo ottimo da non perdere.

purtroppo ci occupando dell'albergo,non ci permette di fare le vacanze a questo periodo.
ci recuperiamo a settembre!


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Torneo di baseball di liceo

Takeshi 560

Posted by: Takeshi


ciao a tutti,siamo nel pieno periodo d'estate,
in Giappone parlando dell'estate,mi viene subito in mente il torneo di baseball di liceo.

si tiene sempre a stadio Koshien(prefettura di Hyogo anche lo stadio di Hanshin Tigers)
dalla prima meta di Agosto fino a 20 o 21 di Agosto.
49 squadre di liceo(praticamente da ogni prefettura,viene un liceo che ha vinto il torneo 
di sua prefettura,pero' da Tokyo,Osaka e Hokkaido vengono 2 squadre)fanno il torneo
per vincere il torofeo.
soprattutto vedere il gioco di ragazzi liceali ci da' sempre le cose fresche e nuove.
anche se non sapete la regola di baseball,perche' non passate lo stadio Koshien per
sentire le atomosfere fresche e giovani???vale la pena di farlo.


SAKURA CAFE Jimbocho

Sakura Hotel/Cafe Jimbocho
Address: 2-21-4 Kanda-Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3261-3939
fax +81-3-3264-2777

e-mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp./
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Go-ya update 4

Maria 559

Posted by: Maria

Hello all!

LOOK!! Our Goya-chan is getting so big!

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She almost reaches the roof of the terrace! She was a slow grower but now she is growing beautifully! I hope she gives us fruit! In witch case we have to think of a Goya menu! 


Until next time.
Bubye

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Cup Noodle....Rice?

Maria 558

Posted by: Maria

Hello all!

Do you like noodles? I'm sure you have hear or seen the popular Japanese instant noodle brand "Cup Noodle". Well, I went to the convenient store this morning to have my daily fix of breakfast onigiri when I stumbled upon this!


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It's a new product, Cup Noodle Rice! 

To be honest, I'm not sure it should even be called "Cup Noodle" as it doesn't have any noodles in it. It is just Cup Noodle flavoured... Rather bizarre actually.  
Anyway, the picture looked quite promising, so I thought I'd be a bit adventurous and try it! 

Inside it looked like this:

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...Not too appetizing...But hey, the taste might be amazing, surely Cup Noodle taste can't go wrong!!

...I realised it is called Cup Noodle for a reason... Noodles in a cup, only work with noodles. 

I can not speak for all Cup Noodle devotees out there, so please do try it if you have a chance. 
I will very likely not get it again. I'll stick to the original, Cup NOODLE. 


Until next time.
Bubye!


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United States of Odaiba!

Maria 557

Posted by: Maria

Hello all!

The hot summer days are continuing to torture us, but we are hanging in there!
Yesterday I went to one of Odaiba's annual summer events "お台場合衆国" or
"United States of Odaiba". I have been going to this event every year and I always
look forward to what it has to offer. 
This event is organised by Fuji Television  and almost all events and attractions 
evolve around popular Tv shows.



This year the popular manga "One Piece" was the main theme where they have limited goods 
and a figurine museum. You can also take purikura with the characters! 

The main attraction however was this:

 

It's "Thousand Sunny"!!! 
A real sized SUNNY! The cues are long, but you can actually enter the deck! It has small details from the original manga like Nami's trees and such. 
It also has a slide you can get yourself off the ship with! 
I was quite moved when I saw Sunny, and it made me forget all about the excruciating heat....
Ok not really, but It was pretty damn awesome!

"United States of Odaiba" had slightly cheaper entry this year (1500yen) but less attractions due to the electricity cuts, but if you get a chance to swing by please do! 

That's all for now.
Until next time.
Bubye!

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Sempre da scoprire a Nikko

Takeshi 550

Posted by: Takeshi


L'altra volta vi ho raccontato i templi di Nikko(patrimoni dell'umanita')
dopo di che ,ho visitato Nikko piu' profondo dove c'e' la natura meravigliosa.
c'e' la famosa cascata di Kegon no taki(come vedete l'immagine di sopra),
97 metri,una delle cascate piu' famose in Giappone.
purtroppo quando l'ho visitata,c'era la nebbia forte come Milano,Venezia..
non si poteva vederla bene ma almeno mi ha lasciato il motivo di rivisitare.


poi vicino alla cascata,c'e' la lago di Tyuzenjiko.praticamente,quando e' nato il lago,
dalla lago c'era il fiume. siccome acqua dal lago scorreva molto forte e velocemente,
distrusse la parte rocciosa. cosi' e' nata' la cascata di Kegon no taki.

si puo' anche navigare con il tragetto(costa 1200yen dura circa 50 minuti)

comunque sia,ci sono tanti posti da vedere oltre a questi posti.
quando vi capita di stare a Tokyo piu' di 1 settimana,perche' non trascorrete
il bel soggiorno a Nikko? Il posto da scoprire e da non perdere!

SAKURA CAFE Jimbocho

Sakura Hotel/Cafe Jimbocho
Address: 2-21-4 Kanda-Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
tel +81-3-3261-3939
fax +81-3-3264-2777

e-mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp./
Sakura Cafe: http://www.sakura-cafe.asia/jimbocho/english/
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