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!!

Tenjin san Treasure Hunt

Hello This is minasyo writing!!

The other day, I went to Kitanotenmangu-shrine(we call Tenjinn san) to search for the something special.


At the early morning, I found the price reduction negotiations everywhere.




left : Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa's name plate I guess it on the Edo Castle...(?)
right : 「幸福」 means happiness, the key for the door of happiness


Japanese shop curtains
Supper discount 12000yen ⇒ 1500yen (WAo!! 80%off!!)

Day Trip to Okayama

I had a day trip to Okayama with my friends the other day.

We were planning this trip for over a month, but on the day, a typhoon hit Hiroshima and Okayama area....! We were bit worried at the beginning but we knew we would have fun anyway and headed out.

We drove about 2 hours from my hometown, Fukuyama (in Eastern Hiroshima) to Tsuyama city first.

They have a famous Horumon Udon dish (fried Udon Noodle with stomach intestine) in Tsuyama and we found a good restaurant on a guide book. So we would like to try it.


It was a small old restaurant and very busy with families and local workmen for the lunch time. The fried noodle was pretty simple but very good.


After lunch, we drove another 1 hour to Hiruzen Plateau. It is a very beautiful place with farms and famous for good milk. You can go for skiing in winter as well.

Hiruzen Plateau (on a sunny day)

It begun to rain on the way there, and was getting windy as well... So we went to a cafe to have some hot drinks first. I tried a cup of tea with the local milk. It was very good. Then we drove around the plateau and got some fresh local vegetables, then went home.

We couldn't enjoy much the outdoor fun on the day, but it was good to have a day trip with my girls. We have known each other for 10 years now and one of them is getting married soon. So we will enjoy the time of single together! :P

Kooza and reunion.

somewhere in between Kobe and Sanda. When I drive, I sometimes stop bu here to chill out.




Reunion ( suppose to be a bachelor party but not happened )
One of my friends just got married and we all celebrate him. He is the first left.



Around Arima Onsen. 15 mins drive from my house.


Kooza. me and Jose, we went to see the show. Thanks Jose. It was simply legendary! I have never ever seen the show like this. so amazing. I strongly recommend this. if you buy a ticket, it's quite expensive but I think its still worth to see.

Our information borad :)

We put a lot of information on our board.
Our famous staff, Kyohei updated it yesterday.
( He often updates Osaka and Kobe's info here:))





↑This bar's info is his favorite.
He knows about this kind of info very well:) Anyway this broad is very nice for drinkers, ha ha.




This broad also works:)♪
Unfortunately cosmos's info paper which I made was robbed by someone・・・・(TmT) 
Please ask me directly if you are curious about cosmos....

By the way, these are today's photos.
I am sure you won't get lost!!!!!!!

Have a nice trip with her-----------------------------!

Grazie :)

It has been chilly in Kyoto.
I guess Autumn has arrived :) Sayonara Summer!
Every the end of the season, I feel something isolated. I can't figure out it ever.

Well, we had a special farewell for our staff Federica.
She came here as a helping staff and to study Japanese at language school .

We would surely say that she is such a lovely girl.
Most of the guests became fan of her smile.


Before she left, I made a big project for her as called

" Let's make Federica's dreams come true"

We did...

COSPLAY!

PURIKURA ! ( picture stickers)


SUSHI ROLLS!


We could not have done many other things though,
everything was so much fun with you!

She said " Thank you " to us all the time.
But, many thanks to you, Fede-chan.


As you know that we work at the hostel , and we see many guests come and leave everyday.It's kind of getting used to; however, we never should be.

To meet some is to grow you up!

We always welcome you back.

Grazie :)


Gyoza Party!!

We had Gyoza party last night.

I think most of people have had meat one.

So I made original Gyoza this time in addition to normal one.








Left: Original ⇒"Italian" (Tomato, Egg plant, and Cheese)
and "Natto" Gyoza !! (Challenge menu;P)

Right: We also cooked "Boiled Dumplings"
Because it was cold yesterday!!







One of guests cooked "Steam fish rice" for us.
It is called " Tai (Name of the fish)-Meshi (Rice)!!











Thank you very much for joining us!!

the time and tide wait for no one

Just after I tear the calendar I have got e-mail. It was from Singapore.
I met him in Mongolia last summer and he announced me our first anniversary since we met.
He says; Time fleets, we all wish to slow it down sometimes, entrap and contain it in a glass bottle, to forever savour the moments in a time locked bubble. Unfortunately, no one can do that so I guess the next best thing would be to keep enjoying life for what it's worth.
He is not a poet. He is just a boy who like to take photos a lot.


One morning, I had a calling. It was from Uzbekistan.
I was accommodated by Uzbek family in Tashkent (capital of Uzbekistan) while I was there for more than 2 weeks. The daughter studies Japanese in the University. She said that she is coming to Japan the end of September to study. She needed 1,400USD for the flying ticket and I covered it for her.
I’m not sure if she really needs it, it doesn’t matter for me; anyway she can come to Japan and have opportunity to study Japanese in Tokyo. It’s worth it.


When I went home, I got e-mail. It was from Nepal.
He runs his little teashop in Kathmandu with his mother. He passed the test and got a chance to work in Korea for a few years. Time and tide wait for no one he said. So, if he gives up this opportunity this time, he has to wait for the next year.


We have got a guest at J-Hoppers Kyoto guesthouse. She is from Italy. She stays with us for three months. She will fly out to her country tomorrow. Time fries.


Only the time flows equally between us.

Trip to Osaka.

Hello , this is PAPAI from J-Hoppers Hida Takayama Guest House.

In early September, I went to Osaka with my husband.

At first day, we went to Universal Studio in Japan!!
The park was decorated with Halloween .



There was special parade for Halloween.



In the parade, performer throw necklace to the audience.
I could catch 7 of them because one of the performer gave to me directory when she saw my "Happy birthday" sticker.


Next day,
We went to Kaiyu-kan to see the wheel shark !







We tried to go to J-Hoppers Osaka but we couldn't go...
It was too difficult to drive in the city.

Osaka and Kyoto Tripppp!!!!

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

It's getting colder everyday....
I bought a new swimming suit this summer.But I have no chance to go beach this summer.
That's do sad!!I have to make a plan for next summer vacation.

Anyway,I took s days off and went to Osaka to see circus!
Have you heard "Cirque du Soleil"before??



Cirque du Soleil (English: "Circus of the Sun") is a Canadian entertainment company, self-described as a "dramatic mix of circus atrs and street entertainment." Based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and located in the inner-city area ofSaint-Michel, it was founded inBaie-Saint-Paul in 1984 by two former street performers,Guy Laliberte and Daniel Gauthier.

It was first time to see the cirsus.IT was so exciting and Cool!!
I could see the show so close.That's why I could feel a sense of tension from them.

The ticket is abit expensive but it worth to see it.
I got a ticket from my mother for free but I will get it by myself net time.

After the show,We were just working around Osaka City.
And then,we went to Kyoto net day.



We went to Nishi-Honganji,Nijoujo ans Seimei shrine.
Osaka and kyoto,both cities are so close but they have totally different atmosphere.

I often go to Kyoto.But I find out something new everytime.

I'm planing to go to Kyoto next month with Kana from Hiroshima HanaHostel.
Can't waitttttt!!!!



Jose was on a TV show!

We have a volunteer staff since this August, he is a Spanish, and his name is Jose.
Originally, he was a guest of J-Hoppers Osaka about 5 months ago.
He came to Japan to walk 88 temples in Shikoku, and stayed in Osaka before he went there.

He went back to Spain after that, traveling Korea, Russia and some Europe countries.. then,he came back to Japan as a volunteer staff of J-Hoppers!

He has been here only about 3 weeks, but he's been helping us a lot and we're glad to be with him.
I think you might saw him in event's photos or somewhere, but he was interviewed by Japanese comedians and on TV show last week!
It's a local TV show in Kansai area, but kinda popular one.The name is Chi Chin Pui Pui.
Please watch it to know how he looks like, but sorry to disturb with some our loud voice.. :((

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tpb66HD5v0&feature=channel_video_title

Do you want to be on a show, too? Then, try to be near JR Osaka station on every Tuesday morning, they might talk to you ;)

Also, it's just information, this Jose organizes an event on the 17th of September, it's "Spanish omellet VS Japanese Sushi" !!
Please read this for more details, we're waiting for you!
http://osaka-hostel.blogspot.com/2011/09/spanish-omelett-vs-japanese-sushi-world.html