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!!

Summer vacation in countryside

Hi, this is Saho from J-Hoppers Kyoto.

I had a wonderful summer vacation the other day :)
My friend organized a trip called " Have a blowout in countryside".
About 30 people assembled and shared fun together :)
Trekking, Water melon smashing, Nagashi somen, Fireworks,BBQ and card games etc....
The main event of this trip was a water gun fighting.
Individual competition,team competition were held and so much excitement went on.

I really enjoyed this summer :)

Where the ramen has no name~~♪

Hi, there! I'm Tomo from J-kyoto.

I like to eat. Time having delicious food is one of the happiest moment in my life. Especially, I love ramen and often go find good ramen in Kyoto. I've already tried more than 50 so far and I introduce one of my favorites among them. The restaurant is called namaenonai-ramenya(名前のないラーメン屋), which means no name ramen. What's the hell? What does it mean? No name?

This is outside on the way to the entrance. As the name of it says, no sign there. Who can find that ramen restaurant lies there? Umm, how interesting!!

This is inside, wow! So sketchy..
First time to see plants in ramen restaurant.

This is the one I really like. The noodle is handmade and perfect texture.
The soup is really tasty.
There are three types(heavy, middle, light) and I recommend to choose middle or light.
Also, there are several toppings you can arrange.
You better to go try to eat it at least once.

Travel Japan with My Family

Hi everyone, it is Nana from Takayama.

I have been living in Japan for more than 2 year now (1y. in Osaka and 1y. in Takayama) and it was the first time someone from my family (and not relatives) come to Japan. My mother and her husband came in Japan for more than 2 weeks. She started her trip in Hiroshima and went twice to Miyajima ! Once for tourism and the second time to swim. She also went to Miyoshi and Mihara, I have never been there !

Then from Hiroshima she went to Kyoto in where I joined her. We went to Osaka, I really wanted to show her where I used to work during my working holiday. Then on the next day we went to Arashiyama, my first time since I am living in Japan ! I needed to catch a bus so I missed the Daimoji, but my mother get a great place behind an old lady who showed her where to look for the festival.

Then we met up again, but this time in Takayama ! One of my colleague lend me a car and so we get on travel in the Alps. We reached ShinHotoka and board the rope-way, this was also a first time for me since I working here. The day was a little be cloudy so we only see a little bit of the mountains. We spent one night in a Ryokan, a great experience for us ! Before slightly hiking in Kamikochi. Then we headed back to Takayama, but not before soaking in the Onsen ! Then my mother and husband spent 3 more nights in Takayama and also visited Shirakawa-Go, but without me.
Ryokan experience with kaiseki cuisine



Festival in Takayama

Hida Beef and Pork Yakiniku

I spent a great time with them and got the chance to test new place too ! It was a satisfying experience for everyone, and I am really happy to have been able to show my mother where I am living, where I am working, etc. The next one to come is ... the little sister in October ! Definitly different program ahead but not less fun !

the big fan of...

Hi there ! Madi from Kyoto Hana :)

I am the big fan of shaved ice called Kaki Gori :)
Every summer, I go to different places and enjoy trying something new!
So far, I tried 4 different ices this summer :)

with 5 different fruit sauces :)

green tea flavor with Japanese sweet condiments :)

with fresh peaches :)

another green tea one :)

In Kyoto, there are so many places where we can have these ices and every year, something new is always out so it's so much fun to try different one every time :) 

Hopefully I can try 2 or 3 more different one this summer :P

Mysterious Night in Kyoto ~Thousands of candle and the soul~

Kyoto has so many festivals and rituals all around the year, and I've been exploring them if I have time, but it's always fun to share the experience with guests!

We visited Sento Kuyo at Adashino-nenbutsuji temple which is located in the north part of Arashiyama area.

It’s said that dead bodies used to be left there to rot, the great Buddhist saint Kukai turned it into a temple and properly honored the dead. Other legends have it that another great saint, Honen, played a role. Now, there are thousands of Buddhist images there an on the evenings of 23 and 24 August, candles are lit to pray for the souls of the departed. It’s an otherworldly sight.

We saw many paper lanterns that people's drawings are on, leading us to the temple.

And the temple was already filled with candles when we got there, I felt even weird to be in such a quiet part of Kyoto.

We felt something very special at the site, it wasn't spooky or scary, more like warm and calm. The guests asked me so many questions about this place, our religion, what it's like in my hometown or Japan in general. I was so happy to see they were curious, try to get to know different things, share this special event and enjoy it in their own ways.

Back in the town, we explored Izakaya and it was so much fun! Another great night was had!

GO GO Hiroshima!

Hi,this is Ena from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.
Yesterday, I went cheering for the national high school baseball championship(全国高校野球甲子園) for the first time.For a long time,it was what I wanted to do.I finally did it! Of cause,I supported a team from Hiroshima.

Originally,I had a plan to visit my relative  who lives in  Kobe with my mother and her sister.
However,something came up to him afternoon and we met him in the morning and we said bye to himr before lunch time. When we were leaving there,I realized that the baseball game for Koryo( 広陵)high school,from Hiroshima, against Sendai Ikuei (仙台育英)high school,from Miyagi, will start at 1PM and it takes less than 1hour from whrere I was to the stadium.
I contacted  my friend who lives in Osaka.We decided to go in order to watch the game since she was free.

I had been to the Koshien stadium for the professional baseball game.(but not for the high school one)However,the atmosphere was totally different.Everyone was ... cheering hard and emotionally. I could not believe that it is the same stadium as which I had been to.
The result was satisfactory.We won the game! 
I and my friend shared the happiness with people who were sitting next to us.
Even we did not know each other,we enjoyed and had a great time together.
The next game is the semifinal of the tournament tomorrow.
I can not wait the game!!!

Now Hiroshima is really hot on baseball.Not only the Koryo high school  but also our professional baseball team,Carps is going TOP for this season now. I can not help hoping that both of them will be a champion!

GO Koryo High school! Go Carps! GO GO Hiroshima!

Summer trip to Osaki-shimojima

I brought my friends to Osaki-shimojima where my parent were born and my grand parents live, for first time.

The island has beautiful mountains and sea so it is the best place to feel summer.

We had BBQ on beach, swam and fish etc...
We have done all of the summer things.

I'm so glad my friends had fun and loved the place.

I don't put any photo on this blog because I want you guys to go there and find how beautiful the island is.

See you next time.

Day trip to Miyama Village for cooling

Kimy from J-Stay

Wish you the best during the hot summer !
According to Japanese traditional calendar season of autumn started form this 7th August.
But Kyoto is still hot and has humidity a lot  like hell. :*)

This weekend I organized Miyama Village day trip tour with J-Stay guests.
From 10:00am I pick them up each house by my family car and then we went to Miyama.
There are 3 guest from France, South Africa and USA. I pick up them by myself.

It is the first time to drive to Miyama under traffic jam during Obon festival.
We took almost 2 hours no stop driving.
Reserved seats from 12:30. So we arrived almost on time.

Cafe Furuya
The owner from Kochi prefecture and start to open restaurant after renovation of her mother's house at Miyama.

Strawberry shaving ice 

Temperature is 24-30 degrees so it was much cooler than Kyoto city.
But Next to the restaurant there is river side. So we went to soak legs at river to feel nature cooling.
We found small crab, small fish and newt with red stomach.

 And then we visited Miyama Kamabuki No Sato Village (Small traditional house village)
We caught small frogs from rice field and got around.
The color contrast was so beautiful , blue sky, green rice field and some flowers and brown rooftop.

Catching frogs

Cafe Miran (which means beautiful eggs) They have good eggs and milk 
He is from corn field 

Let's Survive the Hot Summer

Konnichiwa from Hiroshima Hana Hostel. It's Kana here.
It's really hot and humid in Japan and it is killing me... How are you guys dealing with it?

To overcome this hotness, We try to eat salty stuff to avoid heat stroke.
Also we lose appetite during summer so we  tend to eat cold dishes.

So I made UMEBOSHI to consume salt, and made cucumber pickles to get an appetite!!

UMEBOSHI contains a lot of salt and took almost 1 year to make it.Stepping a lot of processes.

 Cucumber pickles took only 1 day to make it.
Boil the m in the hot water for few minutes and mixed up with seasonings and leave it in the fridge for over night. How simple it is!!!

If you have any particular stuff to overcome hot summer, please give me a tip!

The 3rd anniversary party in Qbeh!

We had a party for Q-beh's 3rd anniversary on June in Qbeh!
This is my first anniversary party because I joined Qbeh last July.
I was really happy to be here for such a commemorable day.

We made mini pizza with dumpling skins and our staff made us some super yummy dishes such as chinese style Gyoza, boiled peanuts, drum stick chicken and so on...
My stomach said "No more fooood..." but my hands didn't stop to bring yummy foods into my mouth. (and also alcohol)
And it was really nice opportunity to had a chat with people who visited here to celebrate us.

One month later, it was my 1st year anniversary in Q-beh.
I felt very quick but I got many things from this 1 year.
I didn't think that I could get used to this job because there were so many things to memorise and need to work my brain quick!
But, somehow, I am still working here and I think I got used to it.
Working in same place for a year is my first experience in my life so it has really big meaning to me.
And I believe that something inside me had a good change and my English improved a bit.

Thank you to everyone who help me and drink with me.
Thank you, thank you!