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    Japanese traditional sweeeeeeets!!

    Hello. We are Kazu and Nao, work for YADOYA GUEST HOUSE during this summer.

     

    Today we walked around north of Nakano station. It was very sunny and hot day today, so we felt that we wanted to eat something cold and sweet. In Nakano Sun Mall, we found the cafe of Japanese traditional sweets. The cafe's name is "Umeya".

    We ate "Maccha Cream Anmitsu". Anmitsu is a Japanese traditional sweets like parfait, it has Anko(sweet bean paste), Kanten(Agar:like jelleies) , green tea ice cream and some fruits with Kuromitsu(black honey).

    It looks colorful and cute! And it was very delicious! You must be happy to eat it! We recommend you to visit "Umeya" and try Japanese traditional sweets when you come to Nakano!!!!

     

    Thank you for your reading!!

     

    Kazu and Nao

     

     

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    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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      Mysterious Tetsugakudo Park

      Only 30 minutes walking from Nakano station, you can find this stunning hillside park with an abundance of natural feautures. Whatever season you pick to visit this park you will find it relaxing and calm. 

       

      rokkendai pagoda nakano

      Rokkendai, the Pagoda of the Six Wise Ones

       

      The park was founded by philosopher Dr. Enryo Inoue (1858-1919) in 1906 under the theme of philosophy. Throughout the park you find 77 spots that symbolise different doctrines. On the top of the hill are six Meiji-era buildings that are open to the public during cherry blossom season (from mid-March through early April), in October and on every first Sunday of each month.

       

      park nature tetsugakudo

      Enjoy a leisurely stroll...

       

      Address: 1-34-28 Matsugaoka, Nakano-ku

       

       

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      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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        I scream, you scream, we all scream: "Ice cream: Tokudai"!

         

        On the basement floor of the renowned manga and anime paradise, Nakano Broadway, you can find: Daily Chico's. If you're in for a challenge try their "Tokudai Soft Cream”. It's a tower of eight different ice cream flavors! Wow, eight?! Yes, it's one serving of every flavor on the menu. Strawberry, coffee, milk, chocolate, matcha, banana, grape and ramune soda. For only ¥ 490 you can enjoy this enormous treat.

         

        Japanese girls eating the famous "Tokudai".

        They also sell small- and medium-sized portions, but the challenge of the Tokudai is too tempting for most people. It will be an ice cream you will never forget.

         

        ice cream

        This is a medium-sized ice cream, it looks already big enough for me!

        Daily Chico
        Location: B1F Nakano Broadway, 5-52-15 Nakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo

        Opening hours: 10.00 - 20.00

        Direction: only 5 - 10 minutes walk from Nakano station (North exit)

         

         

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        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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          Where to spend and save your money in Nakano.

          North of Nakano station you can find the famous shopping street: Nakano Sun Mall. It is a long covered street with a glass roof and a large variety of shops, restaurants and cafes on both sides. Nakano Sun Mall has a unique traditional look and feel which is in contrast to most other modern shopping areas of Tokyo. 

           

          Delicious oyaki in Nakano

          Try some delicious oyaki...


          If you're in for something sweet you should definitely try the "Oyaki" at the entrance of the Nakano Sun Mall. They are a sort of pancake and you can order several fillings ranging from azuki (sweet bean), custard and flavor of the season. The smell of Oyaki being baked, is enough for people to get in a queue and it's totally worth waiting for. Good value for money!

           

          Nakano Broadway shopping

          Splurge some money in Nakano Broadway.

          At the far end of Sun Mall is the Nakano Broadway, a five-storied shopping area renowned for its otaku culture of anime, comics, and toys. The most famous store here is Mandarake.

           

          Mandarake manga bookshop

          Mandarake: manga and anime paradise!

          Buying manga and anime is very easy in Japan. It is available pretty much anywhere, but Mandarake in Nakano Broadway has it all. Each store specializes in a specific categorie from manga, video games, idol goods to cosplay. Manga lovers will find a paradise when entering the second hand book shop, with prices starting from ¥105. With manga lining the walls from floor to ceiling you’re sure to find whatever you were looking for and probably much more. If you have some money to spend you can find many unique collectors items.

          Nakano broadway cosplay

          Which character should you cosplay as?

          Although most shops at Broadway are otaku-related, there are also some shops selling handbags, sneakers, watches, cameras, and pet supplies among other things. There are also some restaurants and coffee shops scattered throughout the five floors. If you want to know what the future holds for you, you can even go to one of the many fortune tellers.

          Nakano broadway sunny flowers cafe

          Have a coffee at this sunny flower cafe.

          Browsing the shops in Nakano's Sun Mall and Nakano Broadway is bound to work up your appetite. 

          On the side streets branching off from the shopping street and on the south exit from the station there are food alleys with various restaurants, including many izakaya (Japanese style eatery), that serve all different kinds of food. If you want some good and affordable sushi, head to Little Paris which is situated in the basement of Nakano Broadway. You can buy good quality fish, sushi and vegetables.

           

          sushi little paris affordable sushi

          Have some bento box sushi...

          To get to know the city is to enjoy it as locals do: by splurging on Japanese food (and/or Manga, toys,...) or just wandering the atmospheric quarters of Nakano. You will love Nakano!

           

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          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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            Golden Week -- Exhibition date with KUNIYOSHI & KUNISADA!

            ↑This picture was download from the page of Bunkamura's website.

            Golden week just finished, it was a busy peirod here. I'm so glad that I could had a day-off during the busy days, and went to an exhibition with my frined. Actually, I wasn't know about it, the exhibition, till my friend told me that she wants to see it, and she was keep telling me this is a special chance to see it this time here in Japan.


            ↑ Our tickets, you can purchase the ticket at the entrance of this exhibition.

            Well, after the exhibition, I have to say, it is amazing! This exhibition is about Ukiyo-e(浮世絵), which is a technic popular about 200years ago. And all the prints are from the Kuniyoshi and Kunisada, chosen from the world-renowned Museum of Fine Arts, Boston's Pristine collection.



            ↑These 2 pictures were download from the page of Bunkamura's website.

            It's not allowed to take any photo at the exhibition, therefore, I downloaded pictures from their website, because I want to show you what the exhibition is. From the website, you can see a few of the pictures of the works, but you can see 170 works at the exhibition. It's woodblock print works!

            It wasn't too hard for me to understand the meanings from the works, at least I enjoyed. Some of the works are funny, some of them are scary, it's interesting that the works were popular 200years ago, and I could feel a part of their habit from these works.
            *I do like some of the works, but unfortunately, they don't have it as a postcard to sell. Even there are many types of postcard, still not the one I want... Sad...

            I didn't buy any goods at the shop, except from Gachapon(capsule toy), it's like a vending machine for small things or figures, that you have to put money inside, and turn the nob, then you will get 1 thing that you don't know till you open it. Yes, I'm going to sharing what I got from Gachapon, please see the photos below!


            ↑Goods of from Gachapon(capsule toy), 奇譚クラブ X KUNIYOSHI KUNISADA!
            *3 types, but I have only 2 types here.
            *Left side is a cat, you can see a lot of there, because Kuniyoshi loves cat, and had lots of works of cats as well.
            *Right side is a Skeleton geta(骸骨下駄).

            The cat, was the first thing I got!
            It's worth than everying for me! I was so Happy that I was luckly enough to have it.


            ↑Goods of from Gachapon(capsule toy), 奇譚クラブ X KUNIYOSHI KUNISADA!
            It is a magnet, and has 12 types. I love the one I got, it's one of the works I like during the exhibition as well.


            ↑This is the cat, you can see everywhere during the exhibition. You also can see this cat's good at shop.

            If you are interested in this exhibition, please check the information below. The Bunkamura Museum is located at Shibuya area, very convenient and easy to reach, and spend your time.

            ********* INFORMATION *********
            Exhibition name:
            KUNITOSHI & KUNISADA (俺たちの国芳 わたしの国貞)
            From the Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

            Period: Saturday, March 19th - Sunday, June 5th, 2016

            Opening Hours: 10:00 - 19:00 (Last addimission 18:30)
            *Fridays & Saturdays 10:00 - 21:00 (Last addimission 20:30)

            Addmission fee: 1500yen/adult
            *All the works has English translation. But, it you need an Audio Guide(Japanese language only), it requires extra charge at the entrance, inside of the exhibition.

            Location & Access: The Bunkamura Museum of Art
            2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8507
            *About 7min walk from Hachiko Exit of JR Shibuya station.

            Website: http://www.ntv.co.jp/kunikuni/english/
            http://www.bunkamura.co.jp/english/museum/20160319.html
            ******************************


            Alice 猫
             
            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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