Enjoy international exchange!!

We J-Hoppers Hostels are always happy to welcome Japanese customers with open arms as well as foreigners customers. Please enjoy international exchange!!

Enjoy international exchange!!

We J-Hoppers Hostels are always happy to welcome Japanese customers with open arms as well as foreigners customers. Please enjoy international exchange!!

Enjoy international exchange!!

We J-Hoppers Hostels are always happy to welcome Japanese customers with open arms as well as foreigners customers. Please enjoy international exchange!!

Enjoy international exchange!!

We J-Hoppers Hostels are always happy to welcome Japanese customers with open arms as well as foreigners customers. Please enjoy international exchange!!

Enjoy international exchange!!

We J-Hoppers Hostels are always happy to welcome Japanese customers with open arms as well as foreigners customers. Please enjoy international exchange!!

Nagashi-somen!!!

Hi there .
This is Chika from J-Hoppers Hiroshima guesthouse.

We had a Nagashi-somen party on the 5th of September.
Have you hear of it or tried it before??




The noodles are placed in a long flume of bamboo across the length of the restaurant. The flume carries clear, ice-cold water. 
As the sōmen pass by, diners pluck them out with their chopsticks and dip them in tsuyu.
 Catching the noodles requires a fair amount of dexterity, but the noodles that are not caught by the time they get to the end usually are not eaten, so diners are pressured to catch as much as they can. 
Machines have been designed to simulate this experience at home.

Lots of guest joined the party and we had a good time.
We prepared some toppings for the noodles.

If we have a chance,we are going to throw a party next summer!








We want to extend a big thank-you to you all for your support which resulted in a total of 5100yen being raised for Hiroshima landslide victims.


'Sho-fu-en' onsen in Takatsuki city

It is getting cooler these days and we can feel like Autumn has come. Autumn wind makes us want to go out to feel it. I went to onsen last week so. There is a cozy onsen in Takatuki City which is close to Kyoto area. Mountain view is available just beside of the place and rice fields are spread all around there. I and my friends were heading there by bike to have unusual and relaxing time. It was really nice day to cycle as fine whether! The sky is clear,the wind is refreshing. Also the onsen was really nice. There are 3 kinds of out baths and 2 kinds inside baths available. Water is good enough hot and a bit slimy as it includes some special ingredients from the nature water so that it makes skin smoother(Girls should love that kind of effect :) We spent about 2 hours(!) as we talked. We felt that we were refreshed with the atmosphere and the slowly time. Wish to go there again when I want to get relaxing time!

☆great season to go on a motorcycle ride☆


Hello!! It's going to cool day by day!!

I would like to get a motorbike very much!!!!

Because It's wonderful season to go on a motorbike ride now!!


I used to rode a FTR223 from HONDA.

It was so beautiful!!





 But, I've gave away this motorbike to my friends 2years ago!!

But I miss motorbike very much...

Especially in Spring and Autumn.

There are beautiful sky, wind, and a fragrance of orange osmanthus☆☆


 Now, I'm looking for a cub from HONDA.

This is just small motor vehicle. 50-90cc.

But It's right size to riding through town♪♪






I need to make a money for this!!

Do you know cub from HONDA?

It's very famous as amazing motor vehicle all over the 

world. It can keep running about 110KM with 1L gas!!

And also dramatically indestructible!!

So, That's why It's loved by an enormous people!!

I will get it and go on a motorbike ride again!!

I can not wait the pleasurable sensation☆☆



No motorbike, No life for me...


 

Coffee day

Hi, this is Meg who is addicted to coffee.

I went to Tokyo to visit SCAJ2014 Exhibition last week.
This is the biggest coffee event in Japan.
They had approximately 100 companies exhibiting in 200 booths, including importers, manufacturers, roasters, distributors and retailers in Japan.
 
There were competitions such as Japan Barista Championship, Japan Hand Drip Championship and etc. We could enjoy exiting live matches performed by top class baristas in Japan.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The big reason to go there every year is I can drink great coffee which the world top baristas made and also I can enjoy their performances. 
This time, I could drink great cappuccino which was made by the world barista champion of this year. 




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 This is valuable opportunity to know the world's latest beans, techniques and information. 
I had great coffee days in Tokyo.

Autumn is just around corner!!




Hello. I'm Hiro from J-Hoppers Hiroshima!

It was hot until recently but now it's getting cooler and cooler.


As you know, a lot of people from all over the world come to Japan in spring to enjoy SAKURA(Japanese cherry blossoms.)
But here is another natural event that worth the visit.
You shouldn't miss the autumn colors!!


If you would like to enjoy autumn in Japan, I recommend you to come here in mid-October to mid-November.
But Japan stretches from north to south and the autumn actually happens at a different time.
The autumn might started already in up to north but in the central part of Japan, best time is November.


If you have opportunity to travel to Hiroshima in November, I recommend to visit to Momiji-dani park in Miyajima island.
This park is one of the most  famous maple trees park in Japan and there are more than 200 maple trees you can enjoy!!
  

Don't miss it!!

Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima island


Momijidani Park in Autumn




 

Cebu Island

I went to Cebu Island in Philippines for 3 nights!
Unfortunately the weather was not very good but I had a great time with my friends!

I highly recommend Moevenpick Hotel which we stayed.
They have a pool and a beach!
Their facilities were nice and but the best thing was their service!

We checked in the hotel on the 16th of September.
Actually one of my friend' s birthday was 17th of September so we asked them to decorate the room on the 16th around 10:30PM after we went out for dinner.

We dropped by our bags and relax little bit around 9PM, of course the room was normal still fancy but not decorated yet.
We had dinner outside and passed midnight so we went back to our room, the room was just amazing!
They decorated and prepared some cupcakes for her!
She actually me and other my friends were so surprised and happy!!!!!!
It was awesome night!!!!
We had so much fun at that night and in Cebu Island for 3 nights.

If you go to Cebu Island, please stay in Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu!!
It's really nice hotel.



Ink Brush Festival in KUMANO


☆☆☆INK BRUSH FESTIVAL IN KUMANO☆☆☆






Do you know the KUMANO BRUSH??

It's quite famous all over the world now a days.

KUMANO is in Hiroshima. And there is a festival for the brush!!














=========================================================

DATE: September 23rd, 2014

PLACE: KUMANO town 
(Brush craft center, Sakakiyama shrine, Kumano Junior nigh school)

TIME: 10:00-17:00

ACCESS: JR Hiroshima station

                                     ↓  15minutes by JR train

JR Yano station(Kure line) 

                               ↓   15minutes by bus 

Kumano bus stop

                            ↓ 7minutes by taxi

   Kumano craft center 






I like Gosari, Fernbrake, 고사리 ワラビ!

Gosari is one of my favorite dishes!

Maybe it is not that familiar vegetable for many of you but I bet you at least once you have seen it when you ordered bibimbap!

Last week, I visited my home country and stayed at busan and Tong-yeong for family-reunion during Chu-suk(Korean Thanks-giving)

 <--- See what I found at a village market!

Super AAA+++ grade Gosari from Jirisan(Mt.Jiri located south-western part of South Korea, well-known for beautiful nature.)

So I bought a quite of volume, full of a plastic bag, costs me 2000JPY!

Young stems of Fernbrake (Gosari) are commonly used to make Namul, vegetable side dishes.
It is also one of the main ingredients for the most popular Korean dish, bibimbap.

 
YEAY! ME and my boy at Jirisan, last week.
Having a great meal set of San-che bibimbap and Dotori-mook(Jelly made from acorn starch).


 <--- This is Gosary made by Yuno!
Cooked them(Not all of them, maybe 1/6) last night and I already finished it, so Yammy.


Fernbrake is called "the beef of the mountains" due to the high protein content.
It is also good for diet and digestion because it's high in dietary fiber.
However, it is better to eat bracken cooked since the raw ones contain thiaminase, which decomposes vitamin B1.
It is usually sold dried so you should soak it in water and blanch it before cooking.

Do you want to try Gosari?! :P