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      Nakano Running Festa 2017

      こんにちはみなさん!

      ヴァネッサです!

       

      Hello everyone!

      It's Vanessa!

       

      Today i'm going to talk about the Nakano Running Festa. 

      This year, on March 12th, our staff participated in a Cosplay Marathon, the Nakano Running Festa.

      We were a group of 5 members and each of us had to run 2km! (It's a lot for someone that is not used to run ahah) And everyone had to use a costume!! 

      After the marathon, we ate lunch and enjoyed the performances of the singers at that time.

      It was really fun!!!

       

      I will leave some photos below so you can see how was it! 

       

       

       

       

      We had a lot of fun!

      Maybe next year you can join too! 

       

      Bye! Vanessa

       

       

      YADOYA Guesthouse for Backpackers (Office):

      http://www.cheap-hostel-tokyo.com/
      *Dorm bed only 2300yen/night, Private 3700yen〜, cheapest hostel in west Tokyo, Nakano.
      ドミトリー2300円、個室3700円〜、東京・中野の安宿・バックパッカー!



      YADOYA Guesthouse for Backpackers D (3min walk):
      http://www.cheap-hostel-tokyo.com/e/yadoyad.php
      *Dorm bed start from 2500yen~3000yen/night.
      ドミトリー2500円〜3000円、東京・中野駅から徒歩3分!



      YADOYA Guesthouse Tokyo for long stay:
      http://www.cheap-accommodation-tokyo.com/
      *Dorm bed only 40,000yen/month(including utilities), private room from 45,000yen/month. It`s nice to live in Nakano, and we support your Tokyo life!
      ドミトリー光熱費混み1ヶ月40,000円、プライベート45,000円〜。中野は住むのにいいところですよ。ゲストハウスとしてみなさまの東京生活をサポートします!

       

       

       

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        Kintsugi workshop in shin-koenji

        Hello everyone ^^,

         

        This Wednesday we (Chris and Erik) went to a kintsugi workshop and set up two damaged Meiji era (1868-1912) sake / tea cups ^^.

         

        What is kintsugi?

        Kintsugi (or Kintsukuroi) is an old Japanese ship of arranging the broken things, making them more beautiful. In kintsugi, broken bowls are reattached and chips on the cups are cured, not trying to erase the 'failures', but improves with lacquer and gold powder, transforming them into Beautifully Scarred art pieces (See Wikipedia ( Https: //En.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/Kintsugi ) or watch this video ( Https://Www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=lT55_u8URU0 ) ^^). In this way objects are given another life, where they actually become more valuable because of their previous damage.

         

        We loved the idea behind kintsugi for a long time (not to mention that the results look incredible), so when we came across an ad for a kintsugi workshop in Tokyo, we decided to see if we could make my own. The original workshop was overpriced for us (poor wretches) so we sleuthed around some on the internet and found kuge-crafts. This is a small studio boat near Shin-Koenji (we will include a map below) which offers 2-hour kintsugi workshops as well as longer term kintsugi courses and jewelry making, painting and ceramics classes. We decided to take his workshop ^^.

         

        After we got to the small craft studio we had some coffee and cake, while the owners told us about their studio, kintsugi and what we would be doing. Around us we can see the beautiful examples of his own work, with in the background gently the country with old school rock (nice touch XD). We were given a few cups to choose from, and then set to work. First, knead and applied in two-part epoxy-paste to the chips in our chosen cups. This will be the material that replaces the lost pottery. Waiting for it to dry (about five minutes) the owners explained about the different approach for different types of damage, and different types of pottery. We have learned that in case of a complete break, or if you are working with a porous material such as porcelain, instead of using epoxy paste, a more liquid epoxy is used.

        After a short period of time, we present below the epoxy, and then use water and sandpaper to smooth the surface even more. When our cups meet the approval of the owners (yes, it took a couple of tries, we have to learn XD patience) we got in the last part: add the gold the Kuges really use a technique that differs a bit from tradition Here The gold dust is mixed with the lacquer. (1: 1), instead of just brushing the gold dust a little later on paint thinner on a fine brush, and then we began to apply the gold.

        Damn I was afraid to ruin my cup at this point XD. But in the end, it looks pretty good. It was created upside down to dry for another five minutes, while we got Japanese green tea and a snack-rice cookie (yay ^ ^). We then picked up large soft brushes and tapped on gold powder all over the chips' end and then carefully pushed it over the liquid gold where it sticks. Fact! ^^

         

        Hard at work xd

         

        Usually you pick up the drinks the next day after they have dried up a bit more, but in our case the owners gave us plastic boxes to keep our new treasure safe. We were also told to remove excess gold dust after two days and wait another two weeks with the use of our pottery, and we definitely did not put them in the dishwasher every time ^^.

         

         

        Before removing the excess goldpowder .... and after ^^

         

        In short, it was a very cool experience and we feel we have the best memories ^^. The owners were very efficient and helpful, they are generous and very friendly. The snacks and tea were great, so was the atmosphere, and we learned a lot about the history of kintsugi and about his work, and the work of his students.

         

         

        Some information if you would like to try this, like this:

         

        How much?

        We paid ¥ 5,000 each, all inclusive.

         

        How to book?

        Reserved his shop through a company named Veltra ( Http://Www.Veltra.Com/en/asia/japan/tokyo/a/116573 ), but also you can check out own website kuge Crafts' ( http: / / Teshigotoya -Kuge.Com/index.Html ) for dates and times, and just spend and pay on the spot. The website has English and Japanese.

         

        Do I need to speak Japanese?

        The owners speak some English. According to the information you do not need to be able to speak in Japanese, and this is true to follow the instructions. Especially because you can reflect what they do. However, it would certainly be an advantage if you have spoken some, otherwise you may experience some of the language barrier, and overlook some of the knowledge that the Kuges have to share. (Luckily for us there was another guest who was able to help translate for us.)

         

        So, where is it?

        The study is actually very close to Yadoya:. You can easily reach by bike or even on foot, or you can take the metro stop 1 to the west for Koenji Here is the detailed description we have:

         

        "Nearest station is Shin-Koenji Station, on the Marunouchi Line.

        Exit at Exit 1, and take immediately to the right (between the exit and the blue building). Walk down the road, and then go right down a big path. Walk straight for about 7 ~ 8 minutes. You will most likely pass a Summit supermarket (with a big green leaf sign). Make sure it is on the same side of the road as the Summit. Stay in this direction, and you will see a

        Blue pedestrian bridge The study is just before the bridge, under a yellow awning. "


         

         

        YADOYA Guesthouse for Backpackers (Office):
        http://www.cheap-hostel-tokyo.com/
        *Dorm bed only 2300yen/night, Private 3700yen〜, cheapest hostel in west Tokyo, Nakano.
        ドミトリー2300円、個室3700円〜、東京・中野の安宿・バックパッカー!


        YADOYA Guesthouse for Backpackers D (3min walk):
        http://www.cheap-hostel-tokyo.com/e/yadoyad.php
        *Dorm bed start from 2500yen~3000yen/night.
        ドミトリー2500円〜3000円、東京・中野駅から徒歩3分!


        YADOYA Guesthouse Tokyo for long stay:
        http://www.cheap-accommodation-tokyo.com/
        *Dorm bed only 40,000yen/month(including utilities), private room from 45,000yen/month. It`s nice to live in Nakano, and we support your Tokyo life!
        ドミトリー光熱費混み1ヶ月40,000円、プライベート45,000円〜。中野は住むのにいいところですよ。ゲストハウスとしてみなさまの東京生活をサポートします!
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          Japan on a budget

          Hello!

           

          We are two twenty-something`s who have just graduated and decided to travel Asia for six months, on a very tight budget. We have travelled Japan, and in just under a week seen such a variety of culture. This is a rough guide of how we got through Japan both quickly and (relatively) cheaply!

           

          Day one

          We arrived late in Japan (Tokyo Haneda) from London Gatwick. We stayed in a hostel in Shinjuku, which was just what we needed, a good shower and a bed.

           

          Day two

          We began to explore! Shibuya was our first stop, we saw the infamous crossing, and wondered round the shops amongst the bright lights. We walked to yoyogi park from here, but didn't stay long as we were heading for the Meji-Jingu Shrine. Along the way we saw some ice-sculpting taking place which was very impressive, we would recommend visiting the shrine to anyone, but the ice-sculting may not be a regular thing. other than lunch we were yet to spend any money! That night we got on our first of three night busses with Willer Express. We bought a three trip pass which cost around 80gbp. We would really reccomend buying one of these passes to anyone who finds themself in a similar situation to us; with not a lot of time and even less money! However if we had a bit of cash to spare we may have spent it on the mnore expensive Japain Rail 7 day pass. We took a RELAX coach, which did only recline back to a 40 degree angle, we had had a very long few days and were exhausted so did fall asleep, but we weren't asleep for long, as it wasn't overly comfortable. Anyway, this was a budget friendly way to see more of Japan, by saving money on hostels, it also meant we avoided wasting what little time we had travelling. And so we headed for Hiroshima.

           

          Day 3

          We jumped off the bus (slightly grumpy and tired) into a pile of snow. We put on every piece of clothing we had, and left eveything else in a coin locker at the station (nore reasonably priced than we thought, we managed to squeeze both our bags into a big locker for 700 yen for the day!). We made our way to Shukkeien park, which cost only 150 yen per person (with an international student discount card, only slightly more without!) The park was beautiful and full of (English and Japanese) signs describing exacly what we were looking at, from shrines to the only tree that survived the Atomic bomb, it was a history lesson set in paradise! (We also got 100yen off a drink in the gift shop which was just fab, so we like to think that the ticket only cost us 50 yen). We then moved on to Hiroshima castle, we didn't go inside as entry was a little pricier, and we wanted to save enough money to go to the museum. The building was very inpressive and well worth a visit! We then walked to the site where the A-bomb hit, the dome that remains kept part of it's structure miraculously. To find out more we headed to the museum. This didn't cost more than 400yen per person, and was worth every penny! It was very sad but at the same time enriching and gave you a real appreciation of the city that remains. We also tried the hiroshima specialty, okonomiyaki, which is a thin layer of batter, lots of cabbage, thick bacon, egg and soba noodles, well worth a try! Hiroshima was a beautiful city, one day was probably enough if you are under the same time constraints that we are! From here we got a night bus to Kyoto.

           

          Day 4

          We arrived in Kyoto to even more snow already wearing all that we owned, like the common thieves we are, we stole the blankets from the bus (Sorry Willer Express, but it was neccessary!). We checked in at our hostel and had possibly the best showers of our lives, before we got on another bus (NOTE: We bought day bus passes for 500 yen that covered pretty much all of Kyoto, again such a good spend!). We travlled across to Arashiyama, which looked incredible in the snow. The streets were lined with noodle shops, where we warmed up with some chicken noodle soup. We walked through the bamboo walkway, the circit lasted around half an hour and was beautiful from start to finish. We imagine this town also looks wonderful in other seasons. We heard that the monkey park was also worth a visit but we ran out of time as it closed at 16:30. We then headed back to our hostel for a much needed long sleep.

           

           

          Day 5

          We  got another bus pass and headed to the Inari shrine, which is arguably the best sight to see in Kyoto (we completely agree). The orange gates were followed by the walk up Inari mountain (don't be put off by the suggested times on the signs, we think Japanese people must walk really slowly, we still stopped to take lots of photos!). The walk itself was beautiful as were the views from the photo points. There were many shrines along the way. NOTE: We couldn't afforfd kobe beef, and were dissapointed until we stumbled upon a dumpling stand selling hot Kobe beef dumplings for 400 yen each, we feel like we tried another Japanese speciality for a fraction of the price. We then made our way to the golden pavillion (which makes more sense to follow the trip from day 4, we just ran out of time as the temple closes at 5). This cost 400 yen, which was pricey for the short trip but the iconic view was made even better by the snow. We got onto another night bus and headed to Mishima.

           

           

          Day 6

          We arrived in Mishima at 8:30am, grabbed breakfast and bought a Hakone free pass for 4000yen (sounds expensive but it took us all around Hakone, and gave us discounts along the way, Nat lost hers and had to buy another, not so cost effective!). The pass got us on a bus which took us to moto-hakone, and the tour started with a pirate boat on lake Ashi. We were so lucky with the weather as the sky was clear and we were able to see Mt Fuji topped with snow, apparantly a view that not everyone is as fortunate to see (weather dependent). From where the boat stopped, we took a cable car up a mountain, where the views only improved! Here there were shops and restuarants, and another speciality, these were black eggs. Legend tells that these eggs add 7 years onto your life. We then moved on to try the most daring of japanese traditions, an onsen. Being the nervous westerners we are this was completely daunting for us, as the man on the desk said, "naked, the Japanese way".  We soon got over our shyness as we relaxed into the hot springs, males and females were separated, and the springs were generally quite quiet. There were five different pools all slightly different temperatures as well as a sauna. (NOTE: Tenzan onsen, 1300 yen, 100 yen off with hakone free pass, and the bus dropped us right outside, also tattoo friendly!) We then got a train back to Tokyo which took to Shinjuku station for 800 yen and took around 2 hours. We then checked in to our first night in Yadoya. We recieved the warmest welcome of any hostel, but sadly had just missed the weekly dinner party!

           

          Day 7

          We woke up early after having the best sleep of the week on the super comfortable beds, and headed off for our final day in Japan. We had to try a conveyor belt sushi restuarant and found relatively cheap one, called Sushi Nova, with dishes from 108 yen, everything was delicious. We then went to a cat cafe, which again we researched and found cheaply. Nyankoto charges only 800 yen for the hour, and unlike any other we found served unlimited hot and cold drinks included in the entry price. This was such a relaxing hour which flew by! We then moved just down the road to try a karaoke booth, skeptical at first, we soon got into it and extended our stay by an extra half an hour. We went to the Uta hiroba booths, which were only 145yen per person per half hour, and also included unlimited soft drinks. This was such an unexpectedly fun experience, and one we don't think you will find cheaper anywhere else in Tokyo! For our last spot of tourism, we went to Tokyo tour, the view was great in the dark with all the lights and it could be seen for miles! 

           

          That's pretty much our mad week in Japan, we hope anyone who might follow any of our suggestions will enjoy it as much as we did!

           

          Sophie & Natalie

           

           

          YADOYA Guesthouse for Backpackers (Office):
          http://www.cheap-hostel-tokyo.com/
          *Dorm bed only 2300yen/night, Private 3700yen〜, cheapest hostel in west Tokyo, Nakano.
          ドミトリー2300円、個室3700円〜、東京・中野の安宿・バックパッカー!


          YADOYA Guesthouse for Backpackers D (3min walk):
          http://www.cheap-hostel-tokyo.com/e/yadoyad.php
          *Dorm bed start from 2500yen~3000yen/night.
          ドミトリー2500円〜3000円、東京・中野駅から徒歩3分!


          YADOYA Guesthouse Tokyo for long stay:
          http://www.cheap-accommodation-tokyo.com/
          *Dorm bed only 40,000yen/month(including utilities), private room from 45,000yen/month. It`s nice to live in Nakano, and we support your Tokyo life!
          ドミトリー光熱費混み1ヶ月40,000円、プライベート45,000円〜。中野は住むのにいいところですよ。ゲストハウスとしてみなさまの東京生活をサポートします!
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            A month of travel

            Hello everyone ^^,

            as new volunteers for Yadoya we wanted to contribute something to the blog, so here we go ^^.

             

            This is a cliché of travelling, but it's still true so I'm going to say it: it's difficult to believe that we've only been travelling a little over a month. It seems like so long ago that we packed all our stuff into storage and took the bus to the airport with our backpacks on our backs in the freezing Netherlands. So much has happened in the meantime. We've been in Delhi- India during a cash crisis, exploring ancient mughal ruins and enjoying the world's greatest vegetarian food on sunny rooftops.

              

             

            We've seen cows in the streets and monkeys and wild boars in parks in the middle of the city, and we've ridden rickshaws across the loudest, busiest traffic we've seen anywhere in the world.

            From Delhi we went to Bangkok (very much on a whim, because we'd initially planned to go to China instead). We walked around beautiful temples and cavernous shopping malls and the infamous hippy tourist area of Khao San Road. We experienced the weirdness of full on Christmas illuminations and never ending Mariah Carey in 36 degrees C weather, and took a vegetarian cooking class at the famous May Kaidee restaurant. (If you're into vegetarian food, or just cooking in general, I really recommend it. We learned a lot and the food we made was delicious.) Even though we hadn't planned to go to Bangkok at all, by the end we didn't want to leave. But on we went, because we knew that once we got to Tokyo we would not regret it.

             

             

            We'd been to Tokyo once before. Back then we stayed a little over a week and loved it so much we never wanted to leave, so we knew we definitely wanted to stay longer this time around. That's why we were so glad to find Yadoya, where we could stay more long term. We've been here for a week now, and we've had a great time so far. The hostel is very comfortable, and the staff and other people we've met here are very nice and helpful. Our third night here (on a Tuesday) Yadoya held a dinner party, where one of the staff cooked a Korean dish. It was my first ever Korean food, but definitely not my last ^^. The atmosphere was as great as the food, so if you have a chance to, you might want to go to one of these evenings ^^. Nakano is pretty much heaven for nerds, with Nakano Broadway shops selling pretty much every anime figurine that was ever made, along with unbelievable amounts of (secondhand) manga, anime, artbooks and geeky merch. Even if you're on a tight budget and will only do windowshopping, it's still fun to check out what is selling at any given moment. You get a crash course into which anime have become classics, and which are popular right now (in our case, Yuri on Ice and some Idol thing I was unaware of XD). The atmosphere is also (in my opinion) nicer than in Akihabara. Around Nakano broadway there are plenty of eateries with delicious affordable food. Also, there are grocery shops, which can be difficult to find in the more touristy areas of Tokyo like Shinjuku, and is especially nice if you like to cook your own food from time to time ^^. From Yadoya it's easy to get around Tokyo by metro, as it is very close to Nakano station on the Chuo-line. However, being Dutch, we decided to buy bikes instead, and just cycle everywhere. It's cheaper, healthier (which is nice because exercise is pretty difficult when you're on the road for longer XD) and you get to residential areas of Tokyo you would normally miss out on, because you're always tunneling underneath them. Warning though: it turns out Tokyo has hills. A lot of them. Attempting to climb them on a one-gear bike is not for the weak of heart XD. Either way: in the week we've been here we've cycled to Shinkjuku to shop (Okadaya, Sekaido, Tokyu Hands) and to Harajuku (crepes!^^), Shibuya (LOFT), Shimokitazawa (really fun area with lots of second hand shops), and Ikebukuro, another traditional nerd haunt. Ikebukuro is the home of cat cafe's, cosplay and anime giants like ANIMATE and ACOS, the 'food theme park' NamcoNamjaTown where you can get icecream with lovely flavours like fish and chili (or taro and green tea if you are a boring traditionalist like I am XD).

            If you're looking to buy manga and art books, check the ' BOOK OFF' in area's like Ikebukuro. We found a beautiful 'Princess Mononoke' artbook for less than half the normal price XD.

            (apparently slenderman roams Tokyo? a random street sign we encountered in Harajuku)

             

             

            We still hope to go (re)visit many places in Tokyo, like and make daytrips to Kamakura and Takao-san, and I am very glad we have such a nice homebase as Yadoya Hostel to do it from ^^.

             

            Chris and Erik

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              My month in Tokyo

              こんにちは。元気ですか?
              Hello everybody!!!

               

              Today I will write about my winter break in Tokyo and be volunteering at Yadoya guest house. I am glad that I got an opportunity to come to Tokyo and spend my holiday with these good and kind people. I wish I could do more for them. I did small things like translating and cooking Lithuanian food (Saltibarsciai) for everybody. It was really fun and good experience for me. 

               

               

              When I came to Tokyo I didn`t know how to ride trains and now I got used to more things than expected. And I started to love Tokyo like Kyoto too. It has a lot of colors and a lot of things are happening where. If you like an adventure, you should visit Tokyo too.

               

              On Christmas Eve I spend with my other Lithuanian friends. We ate dinner together and exchanged presents. After that, we went to Roppongi and watched amazing illuminations. I didn`t feel the Christmas spirit, but it was fun.

               

              After New years I came back to Nakano and met my first Japanese teacher (Susumu sensei all his life was the firefighter and now when he is 72 years old he started teaching Japanese students in Lithuania. This year he will come to Lithuania for five times and teach new students Japanese language and culture). I met Susumu teacher after three years, he is energetic old Japanese guy who loves to share kindness with other. 

               

              With Susumu teacher, we went to Meiji shrine.This shrine is very popular to visit during New Years. A lot of young people come to visit. I would like to tell more history. Meiji shrine is located in Shibuya, Tokyo, is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shouken. The shrine does not contain 
              The emperor`s grave, which is located in Fushimi-mamoyama in South of Kyoto. Meiji shrine represents Japans opening to the west world during Meiji period. From this period Japan becomes economic strong country, become more innovated and western. 

              Meiji shrine

               

              And now I would like to tell you more about my travels to Ikebukuro and Akihabara. With one of my Lithuanian friend I went to Akihabara and tried karaoke for the second time and I liked it. I would like to go to karaoke again. And the next day we went to Ikebukuro, which has a lot of stuff for anime and manga lovers, especially for girls. I found a lot of cute things and even went to Kuroko no basuke café.

              And I found  `Yuri on  ice anime` cafe too. Victor is so cute.


              I love Tokyo and I would like to come here again. 

               

              With love, Saule 

               

              YADOYA Guesthouse for Backpackers (Office):

              http://www.cheap-hostel-tokyo.com/
              *Dorm bed only 2300yen/night, Private 3700yen〜, cheapest hostel in west Tokyo, Nakano.
              ドミトリー2300円、個室3700円〜、東京・中野の安宿・バックパッカー!



              YADOYA Guesthouse for Backpackers D (3min walk):
              http://www.cheap-hostel-tokyo.com/e/yadoyad.php
              *Dorm bed start from 2500yen~3000yen/night.
              ドミトリー2500円〜3000円、東京・中野駅から徒歩3分!



              YADOYA Guesthouse Tokyo for long stay:
              http://www.cheap-accommodation-tokyo.com/
              *Dorm bed only 40,000yen/month(including utilities), private room from 45,000yen/month. It`s nice to live in Nakano, and we support your Tokyo life!
              ドミトリー光熱費混み1ヶ月40,000円、プライベート45,000円〜。中野は住むのにいいところですよ。ゲストハウスとしてみなさまの東京生活をサポートします!

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