Backpackers Hostel "J-Hoppers" & "Hana Hostel"

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!!

23rd WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE


Hello. This is MAYU from J-Hoppers Hiroshima.

It's getting scorching sun in Hiroshima.

I don't like this season. too hot and too wet...


Now, There are so--------many young people from 

foreign country in Hiroshima.

Guess why.

It going to be held the 23rd WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE

in Yamaguchi soon!!!




Do you know this convention?

I did'nt  know that.

They are traveling all over the Japan now toward Yamaguchi.

And then from July 28th to August 8th,

They gather together at meeting place.

They will enjoy having a communication by music, dancing, 

and study of all over the world!!

It will be 30,000 people in there!!




I don't know about scout well:(

But some of my friends was belong a scout

when I was elementary school student.

But from junior high school,High school,

I've never met people who belong a scout.

So It's really interesting that over 15years old people

do scout. It should be good experience to be adult human.


They will should have so many foreign friends

and they will be great friends forever:)


 

 I knew a wonderful world which will be 

great motivator for the piece of world for young people:)

I hope that HIROSHIMA will be unforgettable

memory for them.....


 


Kyoto Marathon 2016


Dear Marathon Lovers!


Don't you want to run through the city with tons of world heritage temples?
Kyoto Marathon's entries opens from July 28 to Aug 31!

http://www.kyoto-marathon.com/en/


If you selected as a runner, Please don't forget to book J-Hoppers Kyoto Guesthouse!
We will wait for you in February 2016!!!!


Chokera-maika Costume Obon Dance Festival

I seriously think J-hoppers Takayama should send a team to join in the fun next year, perhaps dragging along some of the more adventurous guests as well, and with me being the choreographer coming up with strange and funny dance moves. Chokera-maika, in Hida (Takayama) dialect, means “let’s fool around”. Each team designs their own costumes and dance moves against the Chokera-maika theme song in the background, bringing their creativity and imagination to full play. This year we had a team transforming themselves into such familiar characters as Son Goku and Cell in Dragon Ball, who showed off signature moves including “Kame Kame Ha” and “Genki Dama”. Another team displayed a more local bent, being clad in cow costumes to promote Hida beef. There were even children participating, and one group, in particular, stood out, holding the spectators spellbound with crazy spinning on unicycles. I like it that all the costumes appear to have utilized recycled materials such as cardboard boxes and newspaper, thereby testing participating teams’ ability in turning the mundane to wonders. Ladies from a newspaper office, quite appropriately, used the material most readily available to them – newspaper – to create paper dresses. I was also impressed by the community spirit displayed in this event, with the locals gathering together either as participants or as spectators supporting their friends or relatives or purely having a fun night out. Everyone seemed to be having so much fun. That students are allowed to spend considerable time practicing something that does nothing to beef up their resume or to improve their grades is simply amazing. Let’s Chokera-maika together next year!






Omimaiko Beach

+35C!
Summer heat in Kyoto has just started. For those who want to chill out at the sun and swim in the sea, going to Biwa Lake might be a good idea!
Biwa Lake is one of the oldest lakes in the world. There are many BBQ spots and beaches where you can relax.
Last week we went to Omimaiko Beach. 45 min by JR Tokaido Line to Omimaiko Station, 10 min walk and you are there!
For 1000 Yen you can rent a BBQ stand. It is better to bring food and drinks from Kyoto. There are not so many shops around this area.
Even though there were many people, the beach and water was very clean. You can also try Jet Ski.
LET’S GO TO THE SEA!!!


Korean cosmetic

I got Korean cosmetic from my friend who went to Korea.
It was black head remover but it looks totally different from Japanese one!

This is Japanese one.

This is Korean one.


 3 steps!!!!! This is amazing!

There are so many nice cosmetics in Korea and we love them!
I have never seen  this 3 steps one.

1 step →10-15min
2 step →10-15min
3 step →5-10min


I tried last nigh and I think my nose is good!
I love Korean cosmetics!
High quality!



J-Stay&Expo BBQ party @Kamo River

This is Kimy from J-Stay

Last Saturday we had BBQ party along Kamo River (in the North part). 
Our boss let me know there were people did BBQ in Sakura season.
but never happened to be able to have BBQ party there. 
So just in case we confirmed with the department in charge of Kyoto city one day before. 
They said it is possible but it was public area we have to pay attention to people go through there.

This was the third time to organize it together with another sharehouse management company in Kyoto Expo House. Because we are friends. 



Almost 50 people joined us!!

Our preparation started from one day before we went to wholesale grocery store, Costco. 

Because Shopping was for almost 50 people to join. It was the first time to have event for such a large of people.  
There are many things to be attractive there. Our mind were out of control. We could not calculate how much we need to get. So finally two shopping carts were full of foods and beverages!!!!!





Full of foods and beverages of two cart at Costco for BBQ 

According to my experiences so far whenever I organized any events it has been raining on the way. But it was all days hard sunny day. 


Salute!
We play Bing Game. The first prize was Voucher for J-hoppers pair accommodation. 


One guest from Taiwan got the First prize, Free accommodation voucher
We refreshed in river. 
Soccer game on grass ground was so  fun!


The preparation was so long time, on the day I felt so exhausted. I did decide to have anymore.
But our guests smile and how enjoyed. I forgot the negative feeling. 
We want to have winter joined event this year as well. 
People are the forgettable animal. :)


Mitarashi Festival at Shimogamo shirine

2015/7/19(sun)~26(sun) 5:30~21:00

There is a Mitarashi Festival at Shimogamo shrine.

You can foot bath in the cold refreshing water of Mitarashi pound and get yourself purifiied:)
 This is the only time in the whole year you could get in it:)

It's melting hot now in Kyoto, so why don't you cool yourself down there:)?

This is a blog from last year about the festival.
All in Japanese but you can get the idea still.
http://d.hatena.ne.jp/digistyle-kyoto/20120728/1343482384


Night life in Osaka 【Ura-Namba district】

Hello!!
This is Haru from Osaka Hana Hostel : )

Osaka is a city for Food and Night life.
So I often hang out with my friends to drink at night.

Nowadays ''Ura-Namba'' district is very popular with Osaka people.
I also love that!!



It is a trendy spot where you can find small, tasteful restaurants and bars.
You can enjoy delicious foods at a resonable price!!

''Ura-Namba'' district is near from Namba station!!
From Osaka Hana Hostel also, you can go there by walk :)

Let's try to find your favorite place!!


Cormorant Fishing in Kyoto


Ukai Cormorant Fishing in Arashiyama and Uji

Ukai is a traditional fishing method in which cormorants (large diving birds) are used to catch sweet river fish or Ayu. Carried out on the Oi and Uji Rivers, this event is one of the most popular summer tourist attractions in Arashiyama and Uji.
You can watch the event either from the banks of the river or get a seat on a boat which let them watch the performance up close.

*They might be cancelled in the case of bad weather.



Ukai in Arashiyama: 
Adults: 1,800 yen, Children (4-12 years old): 900 yen
Date and Time: July 1st - Sep. 23rd 19:00-21:00
Boat ride: 19:00 & 20:00; Sept.1-23: 18:30-20:30 (Boat ride: 18:30 & 19:30) *No service on Aug. 16
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28, get off at Arashiyama Koen
Tel: 075-861-0302 (Arashiyama Tsusen) 

 
Ukai in Uji:
Adults: 2,000 yen, Children (6-12 years old): 1,000 yen
Date and Time: June 14th - Spe. 23rd 19:00-20:00 (Reception from 18:00; Boarding from 18:30); Sept.1-23: 18:30-19:30 (Reception from 17:30; Boarding from 18:00)
Boarding area: Nakanoshima Park
Access: Keihan Line, transfer at Chushojima Stn. to Uji Stn.
Tel: 0774-23-3334 (Uji City Tourist Association) 


Summer Bargain in Osaka

Do you like shopping?
I do love shopping, especially clothes:D
If I had a lot of money, I will spend much money to it.

But I cannot do that in reality.lol

For those who loves shopping like me, there's a bargain and summer sale is coming soon!

Here are the each shopping mall sale information!!



HEP FIVE : 10th July~12th July
http://www.hepfive.jp/


GROND FRONT : 3rd July~12July
http://www.grandfront-osaka.jp/multilingulal/index


LUCUA : 3rd July~12July
http://www.lucua.jp/language/


NU Chayamachi : 3rd July~12July
http://nu-chayamachi.com/langs/eng/


Hankyu Department : From 8th July
http://www.hankyu-dept.co.jp/fl/english/index.html


Shinsaibashi OPA : 25th June~12th July
http://www.opa-club.com/shinsaibashi/


Namba Marui : From 1st July
http://www.0101.co.jp/transer/transer_en.html


They have 10%~80% off, Big bargain!
Let's go shopping:D


ordinarily stuffs at a hostel


video




One night at Kyoto Hana Hostel. 
We talked about perverts in Japan. Also how Japanese people go on a date. And so on. 





video

One day at Kyoto Hana Hostel.
She brought a corn and it had hair. We tried to clean the cash machine with it. 


Come and join us. You'll never get bored here :)






The Farm Universal

The huge garden center named *The Farm Universal* was opened in Osaka!!

There is a cafe surrounded by nature, a big tree house and of course botanical garden :)
The cafe is still under construction and will be opened in July.
They sell everything from plants, flowers, containers, soils, fertilizers, gardening goods, fresh vegetables, bread and more. 

クリックすると新しいウィンドウで開きます


Away from the noise and bustle of a large city, you can feel nature and make you relax.

I bought a chili plant with lots of colors!!!





















I'm so excited to have them-------

How to enjoy the rainy season ....


Hi ! This is Ena from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.

It is in the middle of the rainy season in Hiroshima.
Except for Hokkaido and the Ogasawara islands in the far south, the entire country has rainy season in June and July.

I do not like the humid air very much but I like June even such a gloomy whether .

This month  I went to some rivers many time to see fireflies.










Fireflies are  a common  feature in the summer in Japan.
Since they live ONLY in super clear rivers,
we need to go to a very very quiet and dark area to see them.

It was absolutely amazing view with heaps of fireflies.
I felt like watching many small stars scattered in the night sky.
I was so happy to see them many time this year.


Summer is coming soon......















If you go to the Syukkei-en Japanese Garden (About 15min walk from Hiroshima Hana),you can see some seasonal flowers.
JPN http://shukkeien.jp/season.php  
ENG http://shukkeien.jp/pdf/EnglishBrochure.pdf



Kinen Gairai ( Tobacco cessation clinic)

I went to Kinen Gairai(禁煙外来) which is Tobacco cessation clinic.






I quit smoking 6 years ago  but I started smoking again 2 years ago.

I tried quitting but I still smoked so I went to Tobacco cessation clinic.

I need to take a pill per day  first week and 2pill from 2nd week for 2 months

It's been 2 weeks since I took the pill. One of adverse effect is insomnia.  It works for me .I could cut back on cigarette so far.

I am sorry that I write a  boring blog . If you really want to quit smoking ,I recommned you to do

Tobacco cessation clinic.


The other day, I went to the Yoshinogari ruins (in Saga prefecture but close to Fukuoka prefecture) for the first time even I've been living here in Fukuoka for a long time.
We can go into the houses and storages.
It was like I slipped back in time to the Yayoi period (around B.C. 300 for 600 years)!!!!!
It was very nice to be in nature so I could relax and refresh there.
Check their web site about it;)

Onsen and Kaiseki in Yumura hot spring village

  Hi ya! This is Yoshi from Q-beh!
 I'm now staying in Yumura Onsen, a hot spring resort near Hamasaka station in Hyogo. I have been there once when a big tyhoon had landed on Japan 2 years ago. So, I decided to visit Yumura to enjoy onsen again!



 Yumura is well know as a small, but famous hot-spring village where we enjoy putting raw eggs in the Arayu spring water. The spring source temperature is said to be the highest, 98 degrees Celsius, in Japan. That is why we can make delicious hot spring eggs by the Arayu.



Access
 There is no travel nonstop to Yumura from my hometown, Kyoto. However, we can make a plan for our original rail travel. 
 Last time, I took two kinds of limited express trains to arrive in Hamasaka via Kinosaki-Onsen: ”Kinosaki” and ”Kounotori” from Kyoto station. This time, however, I took Shinkansen ”Nozomi” to Himeji first and another limited express called ”Hamakaze” to Hamasaka after that. 




↑ This train is called Hamakaze running from Osaka to Hamasaka.



 ↑ No one on the car after leaving Kinosaki-onsen!

 It depends on your iternary and travel expenses.

 Considering the access from Kyoto to Hyogo, I think we are able to make our unique travel plan to visit famous Onsen areas including Kinosaki.

Ryokan
 We usually image Japanese-style (tatami) rooms when it comes to ”Ryokan.” Some ryokans, especially in Onsen areas, have private Japanese-style ensuite rooms and meal services. 
 I enjoyed staying in a traditional room in Asanoya, one of famous ryokans in the hot spring village. I actually like the landlady, okami-san in Japanese, of Asanoya. She is really friendly and her service is the best!


↑  I love Kaiseki course with Japanese sakes!

Onsen
 I often have questions about how to take a Japanese bath from our guests.
Dring my stay in Scotland, I used to make a bubble bath first , soak and wash my body in a bathtab after that or
 just take a shower everyday.
 However, in Japan, we usually wash our bodies outside a bathtab first and soak ourselves in a hot bathtab (we do not put anything including towels into a bathtab to keep the hot water clean.) It is kind of tacit understanding among the Japanese. If you go for a onsen or public bathes, please follow this unique rule.



 I think Onsen is absolutely fantastic as I can get  rid of stress and become more energetic by onsen indeed! 
I just introduced Yumura to you this time, but before going there, please do not miss some onsen areas such as Arashiyama and Kurama if you visit my hometown Kyoto city!

“Pachanga” night or Picnic night? -Which is the best way to enjoy a rainy day!-

This is Kimy from J-Stay!!
My hometown is Kyoto. As I meet a lot of interesting people from different countries through my lovely job, they tell me know Kyoto is an amazing city and Does not bother me.
I guess the rest of my life will be at Kyoto too. 
However sometimes I really feel some attachment to Latin America! 
I really love Spanish and Latin America. 
My first inspiration was when I was ten years old.
It was during a painting class in elementary school.The teacher instructed us to draw after she read a story about a Spanish architect, Antonio Gaudi. Unconsciously, that activity sparked my admiration to the Spanish culture. 

My previous job was a secretary for one of the energy Company of South America, in Colombia. I had worked for 4 months in Santa Marta Colombia, a Caribbean beach sight city. Every weekend, my coworkers and I went to the beach and national park and danced the "Ballenato"- a tropical dance. Those were good memories. 

That’s why I believe reincarnation!!! :)

Thanks to my job I have many opportunities to meet Latin America.
If I were Latin-American girl at a certain moment yesterday at farewell party I really had that feeling. One of my guest from Mexico whose name is Alejandro is my special guest. He traveled to Kyoto to study Japanese. Since it was his first time to live in Japan, I helped him survive the new environment. 
So we treat him as a kitty, we don't leave him alone, who never fail to make us smile. It means he has a likable personality. But the same time he was real wild traveler during his stay in South Korea, Cambodia, Okinawa. He did hitch ride and camp on the beach. 





My coworker Erika and I organized farewell party ("Pachanga" in Spanish) for him this Tuesday. Because we have lived in Mexico more than one year so we can speak Spanish and love Mexican and Latin American culture. If it were sunny we would want to have night Picnic party along Kamo River. But it is rained we held it in Erika's House. 
We were supposed to invite but to no avail. But we had no idea that there was no Spanish speakers, only Latin American. 


There were ten people whom we invited confirmed to grace the invitation including the daughter of my Venezuelan friend, two Mexicans, and -- accidentally,  one guy from Hong Kong because they stayed in our hostel where Erika works. 

I did my best to cook some dishes  like Vietnam fresh spring roll, Pathai and rolled lettuce vegetable, and fried ground meat sauce for this Farewell party. I forgot taking pictures. ;( Anyway we definitely had good unforgettable memories .

Latin American people never stopped talking, joking, and laughing. We were impressed with their personalities. If was given a chance to live again, I prefer to live in the same way. 

Alex, we miss so much but the only reason I am saying good bye is so that I can get a chance to say hello. So Study more Japanese!
He recognized there is in tiny thing in happiness. Let’s do Pachanga again!

Fin



     


My best okonomiyaki

Hello!!
This is Tomomi from Hiroshima Hana hostel.

Maybe you know that Okonomiyaki is one of the most famous foods in Hiroshima.
We have about 1000 Okonomiyaki restaurants in Hiroshima city.

I'm from Hiroshima and Lopez is my favorite Okonomiyaki restaurant so far.
Sometimes I can't recommend this restaurant to my guests when they want to find something near Hiroshima station or downtown.

But for those willing to travel a little, it's about a 10 min. walk from Yokogawa station which is the second station from Hiroshima station.

Surprisingly, the owner is not Japanese. He is from Guatemala and the restaurant is named after him.
 

He learned how to make it at 八昌(hassyou)which is one of the other popular restaurants (I like it too).

Lopez is not that big of a restaurant and their seats are all at counter, so they will make Okonomiyaki in front of you.

You can enjoy Okonomiyaki with Jalapeños which is a bit spicy, but I really love it and also talking with the owner and other staff in English!!:)





























Lopez :Mon,Wed,Thu  16:30~23:00(Last Order 22:30)
           Tue, Fri          11:30~14:00(Last Order 13:45)
                                16:30~23:00(Last Order 22:30)
           close : Sat. Sun

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Japanese style wedding of my sister's

Just before the rainy season started、 on the very very sunny day, there was my sister's wedding in Kyoto.

Honestly wedding is definitely something I would avoid as much as I could.
Not because I am cold enough to congratulate others, nor do not want to spent money on it.
Just because I just feel awkward to be inside of the new relatives that I probably, and most likely will not meet again and the way wedding is held these days is too overwhelming for me,it's almost feels like a "show"at Disney land or something.

But that was the day I change my mind.

The wedding was held in a shrine, Yoshida Shrine (吉田神社) which is on the yoshida mountain
where you could enjoy a light hiking.
There were some instructions ho we should behave and stuff before getting into the ceremony for each side of the family separately, and finally we were getting into the shine lining up (husband's side of the family first).
We seated, we had purified sake, and we seated.
I do not have pictures of the ceremony it's self as we were not allowed.
But it's a paparazzi shot for you!


 After the ceremony, we moved to a restaurant "Kikunoi"
菊の井 to have a meal all together.
(and yes, this is the most exciting moment for me)

My sister and my brother in law breaks a sake cask rid with a small wooden hummer, this is called Kagamibiraki (鏡開き). One of the meaning of it is to open a good luck for the future.
In front is my baby nephew:)





                                                                       
The food was great, it was a Kaiseki course meal the ones on the picture is the first small dishes which were special for the happy day like wedding.

The one in front: sake from the cask in masu "枡"(it's a measuring cup originally)

Left side on the back: Sekihan "赤飯" rice cooked with red beans, often had when we celebrate something

Right side on the back:Namasu (carrots and white radish with vinegar). This is also for celebration like new year as well because of it's happy colours (red and white).










I understood with my experience that wedding is a ritual, or if not, just a simple ceremony to connect 2 different families and welcome each other. And not supposed to be a big gorgeous show to show off  blah blah blah.

I would be happy to participate if this kind:)haha