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!!

ASAHI Breweries


This is the vending machine in JH Osaka's kitchen.
I have no doubt that ASAHI is very popular and our guests especially loves ASAHI SUPER "DRY", as it is sold out very quickly.

I went to the ASAHI Breweries with one of our staff because we heard we could drink beer when we joined the factory tour, and it's FREE !
Actually, I'm not a good drinker at all, but .. so what?!

The tour takes about 90 minutes include tasting time.
It has been more than 100 years since ASAHI Suita factory established.
It's so huge and clean, and surrounded by greenery.

The guide explained about the history of ASAHI breweries, how to make Delicious beers, and environmental conservation at Breweries etc.
At the end of the tour, we finally tasted beer. They served three flavours of beer and some snacks. We could drink one pint of each flavour beer, so up to three pints for one person.

But the tasting time is only 20 minutes.
It's so hard to drink for me to drink up three pints, and I had only one and a half.
But some other persons tried to drink as much as possible and got drunk easily.

I thought there would be just a few customers, but the tour was almost fully booked.
They have English guides but you need to ask and book in advance when you want to join it.
It's highly recommended.
http://www.asahibeer.co.jp/english/

Kan-pai !

For job-hunters


One of our guests Colm Downes wrote a book for job-hunters.
The title is “Job-hunting”.
He wrote the book for job-hunters who are not native English speakers.
He said there was no job-hunting book written in this perspective.
The market is very big because there are a lot of intermediate English speakers in the world.
It is released in England today.

Why don’t you get it if you want a international job !
Amazon Online Store





Okonomiyaki Lesson!!

We J-Hoppers Osaka had a Okonomiyaki Lesson these day.
One of our staff Fumi gave our guests lecture how to cook Okonomiyaki.
She prepared a recipe and gave it to them.
One of a Singaporean earnestly made a note and said she will cook in her country.
We will regularly do this event.


How to make Okononiyaki
Make the batter: Serves 4
·100 g flower, 5g baking powder, a bit salt, a bit starch
·1 tablespoon yamaimo (powdered yam)*
·2 eggs
·Approx 2 cups iced water
·2 tablespoons sake (optional)

1. Put the flour and yamaimo in a large bowl. Make a well and add the eggs, water and sake. Fold together so to just combine. The mixture should be like a thick pancake batter. Set aside to rest while preparing the remaining ingredients.
·6 eggs
·1 cabbage, finely shredded * 150g for 3 pcs
·400g thinly sliced pork strips (or streaky bacon)
·Bunch of spring onions, chopped
·pickled ginger, diced
·Vegetable sauce (combine half oyster sauce with half tomato sauce)
·Seaweed and bonito (dried fish flakes) to serve

2. In a separate bowl combine 1 scoop batter, 1 egg, 1 cup shredded cabbage, handful spring onions and 1 teaspoon picked ginger.

3. Heat a frying-pan over a moderate heat(180-200°/the hot plate should be preheated, otherwise sticky.) and sauté the pork until coloured. Push the pork to the side and spoon 3/4 of the batter on to the hot plate. Use chop sticks to arrange the pork onto the fritter and spoon over the remaining batter. Cook until golden around the edges, carefully flip using two spatulas. Continue cooking until golden on both sides.

4. Remove onto a plate, spread with vegetable sauce and sprinkle with seaweed and bonito flakes. Okonomiyaki is traditionally served with Japanese beer and eaten with chop sticks. Good luck!

*Used to make the batter lighter, Yamaimo is available from Asian food stores. If you don't have it on hand use tapioca or corn flour.
*Option inside : squid, shrimps and whatever you may want
*Option on the top : mayonnaise, mustard and green laver in addition to the sauce
ketchup(some Japanese use it, but I have never)



Kendo at Midnight

A few days ago, we have a farewell nabe (a hot-pot) party with one of our guests. He is French who came to Kyoto for further training of kendo. He felt in love with kendo and started four years ago in France. In this year, he met a Japanese master of kendo who went France to give lectures of kendo. He was impressed by the thoughts of the master holds and follow the master's destinations by himself. After the master came back to Japan, he sent a letter in hiragana to the master to ask if he could practice with the master in Japan. The master was moved by his eagerness and allowed him to come to Japan.

He stayed our place for 27 days, this could be a longest stay since J-Hoppers Kyoto started in 2002. I hope one day he lives in Japan aimez pour kendo.



au revoir

NAOSHIMA TRIP!!

Hi there!
It has been getting colder recently,please protect yourself from catching a cold!!

Be that as it may,a short time ago, I went to Naoshima with my friend.
Naoshima has beeb entered into the Lonely Planet.
It takes about 40min by Shinkansen from Hiroshima to Okayama,and takes about 30min by local train to Uno JR station (It is close to the ferry landing) and 20min by ferry .
Even if you use shinkansen,It is about 6000yen in total(including the ferry rate),I recommend this trip as a !day trip from Hiroshima because it is near Hiroshima and cheap.



I stayed at 「Dormitory in Kowloon」. I recommended this hostel for the guests who go to Naoshima after Hiroshima .So this hostel is the one of the hostels I wanted to go to.
The staff is very friendly and helpful.I had dinner with him and the guest who was staying in the same room.
That day,I came to this Island from Himeji so I was really tired so I stayed in instead of going out.

Next day......

It the ferry port where I informed about the hostel where we stayed,we rented a bicycle (500yen) for going around the Island.



First ,we went to 「HAISHA (dentist)」 .It is the one of the buildings called 「IE PROJECT」.「IE PROJECT」 is a project by artists and architects to renovate old buildings of Motonura ward , into works of art.

To my consternation, there was a big statue of livery in the house!!



Then we cycled to all the buildings of the 「IE PROJECT」,and went to the cafe 「AI SUNAO」for resting . We want there because the person whom I met on the way recommended this cafe.The atomosphere and food added to in the mood of Naoshima.
I am glad that I went there.
Thanks,passing stranger!!!





Well.we could take a rest , we went to our destinations 「chichu museum」 but unfortunately,the museum had been closed for maintenance....what a pity!!!
no wounder there are few tourists...
It is OK: because of that we could have a relaxed time:)



When we were cycling, we found a big big yellow pumpkin!!





So I tried to nibble :)





Then we were cycling again,we found the second big red pumpkin!!




So why don't I try to nibble it??????



Naoshima is not a big Island , you can go around it is only 1 day.But I recommend you stay over night if you have enough time.
Local people told me sometimes some famous entertainers visit Naoshima,If you are lucky ,You may see them:)

If you are interested in Naoshima,ask me!! I will give good information :)

Piano Bar Uno

2 min walk from J-Hoppers Hiroshima Hostel

About restaurants in Hiroshima, I have found something else than okonomiyaki ! 

There is a nice small Italian restaurant near J-Hoppers Hiroshima Hostel. The name is "Italian Bar Uno". A young charming couple runs the restaurant. The inside is clean and has nice open atmosphere. You can enjoy reasonable and tasty dishes casually.

Despite the name of “Italian bar”, there are some Spanish tapas and pintxops, which are also very good. 


Pintxos - Similar to yakitori 


A variety of dishes


Something like German restaurant, though ...


Tapas: 500-1000 yen

Pasta: 900-1300yen 

Pizza: 900-1300yen

Open Hours:  11:30-15:00 (Mon-Fri),  18:00-23:30 (Mon-Sat)