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Maria 642

Posted by: Maria

 This is Halloween, this is Halloween, pumpkins scream in the dead of night


This is Halloween, everybody make a scene, trick or treat till the neighbours come and die of fright ♪


This is Halloween, this is Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, Halloween

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Makgeolli chocolates???

Maria 639

Posted by: Maria

Hello all!

Again today I had my daily morning trip to the Family Mart. And what did I find today????

Makgeolli (Makkolli) chocolates!!


 Makgeolli is a Korean rice wine and I often drink it, but I have NEVER seen it in any other shape than liquid!
So, I HAD to get these. 
They tasted very much like liqueur filled truffles and not so much like Makgeolli... But I liked them anyway!

And that's all for today!
Until next time.

NOTE that the alcohol percentage is 3.1%! No drunk driving! 

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Copy cat?

Maria 637

Posted by: Maria

Hello all

As I went to my usual visit to Family mart this morning, where I was horribly flabbergasted by the shocking view....
I found THIS!


IT'S MASALA CHAI!!!  L company sure went all the way with their around the world series.
I like to believe that they saw our AWESOME cafe menu  and stole it! 
BUT I can assure you that Sakura Cafe masala chai is the BEST! And it's all home made and AWESOMELY tasty! 
So don't be fooled by flashy packaging! Come and try the real thing!


(Ps. I actually really like L company's teas...but I stand my ground here!)

Until next time.

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Old Book Festival Tomorrow!

Linn 636

Posted by: Linn

If you have walked in the Jimbocho area recently,
you may have noticed a few new decorations outside!
Everyone is getting ready for Jimbocho`s famous Old Book Festival ★
Once a year, bookstore owners and bibliophiles all over Tokyo come together in Jimbocho.
They share their rarest collections and buy, trade, and sell their favourite publications.


At Sakura Cafe Jimbocho we will be introducing a limited time menu with a "Book and Antiques" theme, only available from October 27th to November 3rd.
First we have Ochazuke Manjyuu! (400 yen)
Ochazuke is a dish where tea and a simple broth are poured over rice, with savoury toppings such as salmon, pickled plums, and wasabi. Famous Japanese novelist Mr. Ogai Mori noted one of his favourite foods as this ochazuke with a sweet manjyuu topping instead. 

Our cafe is putting a twist on this menu and serving them with Daifuku (sweet rice cake with red bean paste) sprinkled with a bit of salt instead. We sampled this dish today and I was very pleasantly surprised at the peculiar but also very delicious sweet and savoury combination. As the hot tea hits the daifuku in the bowl, the rice cake melts and mingles with rice very nicely and creates a lovely gooey texture.


We are also serving a new alcoholic beverage--
A cocktail with Absinthe and sweet lime syrup. (600 yen)
Absinthe is a spirit with a surprising 68% alcohol volume.
It is an anise-flavoured spirit made from wormwood. This spirit was loved by 19th Century Parisian artists such as the famous writer Maupassand, and poet Verlaine. I recommend this drink to those who enjoy black liquorice and root beer flavours. 

Please come out and enjoy the Old Book Festival in Jimbocho and stop by at our cafe for these limited time menus!

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A Musician With a Very Polite Mission...

Linn 635

Posted by: Linn

Lately, if you stop by our cafe you may be able to see a special performer--


His sign reads "Mu-On", which literally translates to "Nothing Sound".
Music with no sound!
If you walk around Shinjuku or other cities you may come across musicians and singers performing on the streets. This man takes his street music to another level with the use of wireless headphones. The concept is, to produce music without bothering other people who do not want to hear it. 


His sign reads, 
"Street music that does not bother those passing by"
"Please listen with wireless headphones (properly sanitized after use)"
A  very interesting concept that you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else but Japan!

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24th Tokyo International Film Fetival

Maria 634

Posted by: Maria

Hello all!

Do you like films?
I am a big movie buff and I always look forward to this time of year because it's film festival season!


Last Saturday (22nd) the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival opened its doors starting of with a very "green" opening ceremony. 
Celebrities walked down the "green carpet"...yes, GREEN not red, encouraging pro-eco initiatives for film makers all over the world as well as support for the devastated areas of the Great Tohoku Earthquake.  

The event will be held for a week (22 - 30 November) screening both major productions as well as amateur. There will be something for everyone to enjoy so if you have some spare time
drop by the silver screen for a great film experience!

Until next time!

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Happy Egg Day

Linn 633

Posted by: Linn

Lately, I have an obsession for eggs.
So yesterday I wake up and peer in the fridge, wondering what I should eat
And find 10 whole eggs that are a day past their expiration date! Σ(゚□゚;)ガーン
Now that I think about it, the other day eggs were on sale, so I bought about 4 boxes of them.
And obviously couldn`t finish... _| ̄|○ il||l 
What a waste.. but how to consume 10 eggs in one day?


Six eggs for breakfast! 


Hard boiled and deviled. They are seasoned with mayonnaise, sharp cheddar cheese, honey mustard, and paprika. The original recipe also calls for bacon but I decided to go without for financial reasons.


2 eggs for lunch! I made a quick and simple bread pudding.
I love this dish because it is great for using up old or stale bread. I
 cut a loaf of buttered raison bread and doused them with some nutmeg and a whole lot of cinnamon sugar. This is soaked in a mixture of eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, and hot milk. After the custard sets, slices of bananas are added and baked in the oven for about 20 minutes to half an hour. It`s hot, staying, and good. I recommend you dust it with a bit of icing sugar and serve the dish hot!


Finally, for dinner I made omelette-rice!
Instead of the usual seasoning of ketchup flavoured rice, I opted for curry.
By adding fresh parsley, the spices of the curry really came through.

With this I was able to finish 10 eggs in a single day. Success!
I`m... really full.

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Fuji Q!

Maria 638

Posted by: Maria

Hello all!

If you are anything like me, you love fast rides and high places, this is the theme park to go in Japan!
Fuji-Q Highland is at the base of Mt. Fuji so you can see it from the rides on sunny days!
So I want to give you some trivia!
The most famous and my recommended roller-coasters are:

Fujiyama, 259 feet tall, 80.8 mph. Opened in 1996, it was once the world's tallest roller coaster. 
As of 2007 it is the world's 8th tallest, 5th longest, and 10th fastest roller coaster.

Dodonpa, 170 feet tall, 106.9 mph. Opened in 2001, it was then the world's fastest roller coaster. 
As of 2007 it is the 3rd fastest in the world but still has the highest acceleration at launch time.

Dodonpa rollercoaster 2005-05.JPG

ejanaika, 249 feet tall, 78.3 mph. Opened in 2006, it is only the second "4th Dimension roller coaster" ever 
built. As a "4th dimension" roller coaster its seats can rotate 360 degrees forward or backward in a controlled 
spin, thus allowing Eejanaika to invert 14 different imes, even though the actual track inverts only three times.
It surpasses the first built "4th dimension" roller coaster, X?, in both height and speed.

Eejanaika coaster FujiQ 1024.jpg

Now is probably one of the best seasons to go as it's getting cold and it's not too crowded!
It is however cold, so take a warm coat!

And that's all the trivia for today!

Until next time!

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Sanshin Performance!

kuwahara 632

Posted by: kuwahara

Tonight at Sakura Hotel Jimbocho, we had a musical night - Sanshin performance! 
Sanshin is an Okinawan traditional three-stringed instrument; precursor to the shamisen, 
and is an important instrument for Okinawan music.


And tonight, many guests have come to our cafe to listen the soothing sounds of Sanshin.



All the guests looked so healed and relaxed!
And what is more, a we had a collaboration of three different sanshin players!
(The players on the very left and in the middle are our guests!)


Their music was just sooooooo wonderful!!!!

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Tokyo Incidents!

Maria 631

Posted by: Maria

Hello all!

Last August I gave you all a Summer Sonic report here in our staff BLOG. Today I would like to tell you about one of my favourite Japanese artist whom I happened to see live last night.

Do you know Shina Ringo? 


She started out as a singer-songwriter solo artist in 1998 with her first hit single "kofukuron" and has produced a vast amount of hits since, She is quite famous for her less conventional music videos and her very unique style. In 2004 she announced the formation of her current band "Tokyo Jihen" (Tokyo Incidents). 


Shina Ringo has been one of my biggest inspirations and one of the main reasons why I came to Japan. 
And FINALLY, yesterday I got to see her live. 
I am overwhelmed with emotion as I can check off one more thing of my "to do in life" list.

Tokyo Jihen is currently touring around the country on their "Tokyo Jihen Live Tour 2001 Discovery" and I saw them last night in Omiya (Saitama prefecture). 
The performance was ecstatic, dynamic and visually beautiful. They played mainly songs of their new album but also some Jihen classics! 

So all in all, yesterday was a great day for me and I just wanted to share it with all of you :)
If you ever get the chance, please drop by the record store and have a listen, I'm sure you'll be  pleasantly surprised.

Until next time.

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