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!!

Let's speak English!

Hello there, it's Masa from J-Hoppers Hiroshima.

The queen of Hiroshima's underground music scene, Izumi Goto and J-Hoppers Hiroshima started an activity together! She runs a very cool cafe bar "Organza" (our favorite!) and we organize "English Conversation Club" activity at the cafe bar every month. We bring some international guests from the hostel (they get free Organza's daily dinner special and free first drink) and enjoy conversation with Japanese people who really want to improve their English.

We threw the first activity last month in August and Canadian brother and sister joined us. We expected around 10 local people come and join us, but there were actually almost 20 people! 



We had such a good time and everyone seemed enjoy the conversation.

And we had another one on September 18th.
This time, Australian, Swiss and Dutch guests joined us and it was another great night!



I left the bar around 10pm that night, but I found out next morning that lots of them stayed and kept talking until 2am!!  Seemed like all our guests from the hostel really enjoyed meeting new people as well and I was very happy to hear that. Thank you for keeping us company!

Nowadays so many people study English in Japan but there are not many opportunities to meet international people. So please come and join us and use us your skills with us!
Don't be hesitate!



Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki!!

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

Have you had Okonomiyaki before??
We have a Okonomiyaki (Hiroshima style) as a speciallty food.

It's a recipe to make Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki (Japanese-style pancakes).
Yakisoba noodles are usually added.(Udon noodle is also OK)




Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki (4 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup dashi soup or water
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups finely chopped cabbage
  •  1/2 cup Tenkasu
  • 2 cups bean sprouts, washed
  • 12 pieces thinly sliced pork
  • 4 packages pre-steamed chuka noodles (Or Udon Noodle)
  • yakisoba sauce or salt for seasoning yakisoba
  • For toppings:
  • okonomiyaki sauce
  • mayonnaise
  • chopped green onion


  • 1,Mix flour and dashi soup stock to make batter.
    2,Heat and oil a large skillet or iron plate. Spread a scoop of the batter into a thin round over the pan. 3,Place a handful of cabbage and bean sprouts on top of the batter.
    4,Place a couple slices of pork on top of the vegetables.
    5,Pour some batter over the ingredients.
    6,Flip the okonomiyaki over with spatulas.
    7,Cook it on low heat until meats and vegetables are cooked. Meanwhile, fry yakisoba noodles on the side and lightly season with okonomiyaki sauce or salt as you like.
    8,Replace okonomiyaki with spatulas on top of yakisoba noodles and press on the top firmly.
    9, Fry an egg on the side and break the egg yolk with spatula.
    10,Replace the okonomiyaki on top of the fried egg and again press on the top firmly.
    11,Serve the okonomiyaki on a plate with the egg side up.
    Repeat this process to make more okonomiyaki.
    12,Spread okonomiyaki sauce and mayonnaise on the okonomiyaki. Sprinkle chopped green onion and ao-nori on top.

    If you have a chanse to visit Hiroshima,please try this Okonomiyaki!!
    This is totally different from Osaka style Okonomiyaki.
    If you come and stay at J-Hoppers Hiroshima,we will tell you our best Okonomiyaki restaurant!!
    FYO,we sometims throw a Okonomiyaki party at the hostel.so Please check our event carrender as well!!



    Slight mistake at my friends wedding.

    Two of my good friends from Tokyo were married in September, and myself and a friend from Osaka were invited. We decided to meet there in Kamakura and make our way to the Shrine to see the service.




    My trains were slightly delayed at the Hiroshima end so I arrived about 20 mins late for my meeting. So after I have changed into something tidier, we made our way from the station the main shrine.


                                       
    As we arrive, we were shocked to see everyone lined up and heading into the Shrine. We were not sure what was happening, so we just joined onto the end of the line.

                                       


    It was not until about half way through the service that we realised that we were sat with the family and all the friends were standing outside taking pictures. Wooops.


                                        

    After seeing all the families in person at the dinner afterwards, we apologised and were forgiven. Phew.

    New American TV show

    It's been almost a year but How I met your mother season 8 finally came out!
    This is definitely my favorite one. I now watch It's always funny in Philadelphia, 30 rock, The office, the Games of thrones, new TV show:Revolution in English and chuck in Italian. Revolution is prety much the same as Flashfoward but I like this kind of TV show.
    sounds I'm really busy watching them:p? 


    it'is that an unknown phenomenon happened and everything like electricity and all technology blacked out on the planet.  The story started 15 years later that! Well, obviously govement or someone badass has made it happned. And main characters are figuring it out why and who did it! got it? haha

    The point is Revolution is fun to watch! If you are bored, do it!

    Art island "Naoshima"

    There are some "Art islands" in Seto inland sea.
    I visited one of them  last month.



    The guest who have visited in Naoshima told me about  it and she said that Naoshima is fantastic island and she saw many artworks there.

    I didn't know about Naoshima till then but she made me wanna go there.



    I had never seen contemporary arts before I visited Naoshima but I really liked it.

    Especially I liked the one created by James Turrell from Chichu art museum.
    He presents light in itself as art.


    I cannot explain well what it was like but it is absolutely amazing!!




    If you are tired of seeing temples and castles, I definitely recommend you to visit there.










    Mt norikura

     I went to Mt Norikura with our guests this month.

    The weather was ok.

    Kengamine(3025m) is the tallest point in Mount Norikura

    Access(Bus) About 90minutes →Takayama →Honoki ski resort →Mt Norikura 

    Bus to the mountain goes up to 2700m.So it means you do not need to walk a lot.

    There are several mountains which are easy to hike.

    For example if you go to the Kengamine,it takes only 90mintes to get from bus stop.

    If you like hiking and do not like crowded place, I recommend this mountain to you


    Mt Norikur → Mt Norikura

                                                  Sunny day
    View fromTop of the Mountain

     
                                  one of lakes

                                            Mt   kengamine peak (3026m)


     

    Morning deal in Nagoya

    I went to Nagoya and breakfast service suprised me!
    I had a fomous breakfast which is called Shinowaro-ru.
    That is a hot denish with icecream!
    It is totally my favotite food of Nagoya!
    But what surprised me was if you order one coffee, a toast and an agg come with the coffee!
    It costs only 380yen! Good deal!!!!!


    Shimane!!!!!!!!!

    After Tottori, I went to Shimane.
    The purpose of this travel is to have Izumo soba.
    (It is the name of the soba in Shimane)

     


    I had it after visit Izumo Taisha.
    It is one of the most ancient and important shrines in Japan.

    There was the paper how to have Izumo soba.





    I enjoyed beautiful sunset at Shimane Art Museum.
    Luckily, I had chance to see fireworks and Dojo-sukui.
    (It is traditional dance around here!!)



    Shimane town has a lot of places for good luck and marriage.

    I also went to Tamatsukuri onsen to visit Tamatsukuriyu shrine.
    I've heard there is the stone that has strong power.
    I felt it when I touched.




    I didn't expect Shimane at all, but it was great place!!!
    There are many places I have never been in Japan.