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!!

Dremination in Hiroshima


By this time, you must have noticed that Christmas is huge in Japan!
You can see lot's of decoration for it wherever you go.

Some of you are maybe wondering about if Japanese people are Christian.
Of course, there are Christians in Japan , however it's actually nothing much about Christianity.
Usually we do Christmas just for a fun event.

I think Christmas in the west is more for family. On the other hand, Christmas in Japan is more for lovers. Christmas is seen to be a romantic thing.
In department stores, there are sections for Christmas gifts for lovers.

In Hiroshima, there is a great place for feeling this romantic atmosphere of Japanese Christmas!
The Peace Boulevard is having a great Christmas illuminations!!
It is held by the 3rd of Jan. from 17:30-23:00.
Don't miss it:)

Bullpen for bikes

In big cities of Japan, please be careful when you park your (rental) bike.
There cities have some no-parking zones in the downtown, near the station and on some of the big streets.
Foe example, Hiroshima city specifies the no-parking zones like this:
http://www.city.hiroshima.jp/www/contents/1206678678938/files/mannerup-jpn.pdf



No-Parking sign in Hiroshima city










No-Parking sign in Kyoto city







No-Parking sign in Osaka city




Normally there is a official sign to worn no-parking in those areas.
Please keep this in mind when you ride a bike in the city.
The city has crackdowns quite often and if they find bikes of illegal parking, they take them away with the truck.
In case of Hiroshima city, you have to pay 2100 yen to get your bike back.



One day I went to a place where illegally-parked bikes are temporally kept.
Two of our hostel guests became the victims and I went there to receive the rental bikes.
Too many bikes and motorcycles....

Sushi Erasers


Each Eraser is Shaped like a piece of Sushi.
Off course it's not real sushi, but works as a eraser.
J-Hoppers Osaka has just started to sell this Sushi Erasers at 100JPY per a piece.

There are 6 types of Sushi.
Maguro (Tuna), Ebi(Shrimp), Ikura(salmon caviar), Ika(squid), Tamago(egg),Uni(sea egg)

Why don't you buy one for your souvenir?
But don't eat it(~~).



Shared Guest House in TOKYO !

Please allow me to introduce a newly open share house in Toyko, Fukagawa Koto-ku.

The area remains Tokyo of the past, and traditional lives of local Japanese peoples. Tokyo F&F Fukagawa GuestHouse is open on the 7th December !


It's a 3 stories house that has 10 private rooms, minimum stay is 15 days (43,000 yen ~). All rooms are fully furnished. It's an ideal accommodation for foreign travelers and foreigners who study or work in Japan. Of course Japanese peoples are able to stay, too.

To Tokyo station, only 2 stations away from Etchujima station by JR Keiyou Line.

http://www.j-stay.jp/

Please see the link for further information.


Just Another Kyoto Temple

There is just so many beautiful temples and shrines in Kyoto, it's always difficult for me to advice only few for travelers in the rush. Basically I recommend the area from Kiyomizudera to Ginkakuji, plus Fushimi Inari in the south and Kinkakuji in the west, as a classic minimum to see. However, when a customer has little more time or want to go away from crowd, I really enjoy introducing more private, quiet and unknown places.One of those I went for the first time few days ago is the 大覚寺 (daikakuji). The Wikipedia webpage is here and the official webpage there. It is located in north of Kyoto and can be access with city bus number 28 or 91 (get out at Daikakuji st.). You can find it on Google map here.


As soon as I entered I've been impressed with how spacious were the temple and gardens. On the front side a stone garden fill the space between the temple and the gates. On the rear side this is a green garden, and there is a fairly big pond on the east side too. Inside the temple, the fusuma (traditional sliding door) are enhanced with beautifull paintings. Looking at them it remembered me those of the Imperial Palace of Kyoto. I was a little bit puzzled by such gorgeousness in a buddhist temple.

I had the explanation later : this temple was one were Emperors came on retreat. It was called 門跡 (monzeki). At first it was really an act of faith which took is roots in the past century (Nara period) and the rising of Buddhism in Japan. But later, during Heian period it became for top aristocratic family, like Fujiwara family, a good excuse to move away the Emperor from the court and take effective control of political life with no clash. It thus took part in the evolution of japanese political system toward shogunate. You understand then how this place is deeply linked with Japan history !

At first the Daikakuji was a imperial villa for the Emperor Saga and was called Saga-rikyu. In 818, the Emperor performed here Shakyo (the copy of a buddhist sutra) to save Japan from a plague epidemic. The copied scroll is still enshrined in one of the buidling of the temple. In 876, the daughter of the Emperor decided to change the villa into a shrine to honour the faith of her departed father. Even now people who come to this temple can copy the sutra has Emperor Saga did and offer it to the temple.

The Emperor Saga was also renowned for cultural matters. He founded a Ikebana (flower arrangement) school, and exhibition of his favourite flower, the chrysanthemums, are still hold in the garden. The Emperor Gouda, who also retreat at Daikokuji, also promote the japanese culture here, for example painting schools which production are displayed in some rooms.

For this year, this will be my personal recommendation to go to see red leaves. What about your, other J-hoppies ?








A big unit


I saw a very big cat in a small builder's office near J-Hoppers Hiroshima Hostel.
The boss of the office told me the story about the cat....

For the first place, he met the cat in a pet shop 4 years ago.
As he says, the cat had been already fat, but it was not too giant like now.
He felt sorry for the cat. The cat was confined in a small cage and he couldn't have a chance for exercise. That must be the reason the cat was so fat....
He decided to take the cat out of the cage and give the cat better circumstances with him deep benevolence. Then the cat will get slim more !
The cat must be happy to escape from the pet shop by him and move into his office.

Therefore...
Four years later ....


The cat became ultra-bigger despite his expectation.
He is very disappointed that his love took him to the wrong way.
What was wrong ??

Maybe the cat was given a better cercumstances, got unstressed, got better food, and had much appetitte.
Now Obviously the cat is over a critical point as a cat and it is something different.
Owl? Tsuchinoko?
Which way is he heading for ?

The sequel of Okonomiyaki Lesson

Ken wrote about Okonomiyaki Lesson last month, but Fumi taught how to cook Okonomiyaki to some guests before that lesson.
One of them is from Neloson, New Zealand, and she is a chef and nutrition consultant.

She was sitting in the kitchen when Fumi started cooking, and she was very curious about her cooking and asked a lot.
Then she started making a memo of Fumi's cooking in extensive detail. She also tried to cook and she did very well because of professional, of course!

After she went back home, she put this Fumi's recipe on her homepage.
http://nicolagalloway.com/okonomiyaki-japanese-pizza.htm

Please check and we're happy to share with you.
Then please contact us when you feel like joining this lesson !