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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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            3 Days Trip Traveled by Seishun 18 Kippu (青春18切符) -- 2016 Summer!

            This was not my first time to use Seishun 18 Kippu(青春18切符), but my second time.

            This is under Japan Railway Company, you can use it for whole local or rapid lines under JR for 5 journeys only cost 11850yen, which means 2370yen per journey only.

            *For more details, please check with Japan Railway Company's website.

             

            Now, I would like to share how I used this ticket for my trips in the summer 2016.

             

            My Seishun 18 Kippu 2016!

             

            I started my travel from the evening, after my work at YADOYA.

            And here is my train schedule:

            ★ Nakano station(中野駅) - Tokyo station(東京駅) by JR Chuo Line bound for Tokyo(東京) (About 20min)

            ★ Tokyo station(東京駅) - Atami station(熱海駅) by JR Tokaido Line bound for Atami(熱海) (About 110min)

            ★ Atami station(熱海駅) - Kakegawa station(掛川駅) by JR Tokaido Line bound for Hamamatsu(浜松) (About 130min)

             

            Transportation fee: original fee should be 4000yen, but I was using Seishun 18 Kippu, it costs only 2370yen.

             

            I arrived Kakegawa after 21:00, and stayed a night in this area.

            *I was traveled at Kakegawa area when I was using Seishun 18 Kippu at first time in 2014, I already know a part of this area, so I decided to stay a night here as a rest spot. Another reason is, the hotel is cheaper than Hamamatsu area.
             

            Iseishi Station, and there is an Information center office just beside after you get out from the station and turn right.

             

            The Second day, I left the Hotel at 7:00, and again, my train scedule below:

            ★Kakegawa station(掛川駅) - Toyohashi station(豊橋駅) by JR Tokaido Line bound for Toyohashi(豊橋) (About 66min)

            ★Toyohashi station(豊橋駅) - Nagoya station(名古屋駅) by JR Tokaido Rapid Line bound for Oogaki(大垣) (About 60min)

            ★Nagoya station(名古屋駅) - Iseshi Station (伊勢市駅) by JR Mie Rapid Line(JR快速みえ)(About 90min)

            *JR Mie Rapid Line is sharaing the railway with a private line between Kawarada station(河原田駅) to Tsu station(津駅), therefore, need to pay additional fee(510yen) on the train.

             

            Transportation fee: original fee should be 4000yen + 510yen, but I was using Seishun 18 Kippu, it costs only 2370yen + 510yen.

             

            The entrance of Ise Grand Shrin, Ise Jingu - Geku (伊勢神宮 - 外宮).

            It was about 5min walk from Iseshi station, very easy to find it.

             

            It was on weekday, but many people.

             

            You cannot take a photo inside, therefore, I had a photo outside as a record for myself.

             

            I was walk around in Geku area, and I found this looks so similar as a turtle!

            And from the information on the internet, it shows this is one of the place where you can get positive power if you walk through it, some of the bloger says you would better to touch it to get the power.

             

            I only walk through it, I hope it was enough for me to have more good lucks.

             

            This is another shrine in Geku area.

             

            Yes, a queue for another shrine. I didn't know when I was waiting in line, after 20min, I could see a little bit head, then I realized this is a queue for pray.

             

            I took this photo when I finally approach to the head of the queue.

             

            This is a small museum, shows you how they build it. Actually, they build a new and move every 20years.

             

            Before I went to Ise Jingu - Naiku (伊勢神宮 - 内宮), I was stopped at a Japanese sweet shop for a break. It takes about 15-20min by bus from Geku to Naiku area, and this Japanese sweet shop located in a street where people must be go through on the way to Naiku.

             

            I ordered the famouse one, red beans jams(!?) cover on the rice cake, with hot Matcha. And the middle white one was my extra order, a season limited dessert.

             

            From my seat, I can enjoy a very peaceful Japanese garden. I love this corner, and was very enjoying my time at this place.

             

            After my break time, I continue my walk, and it suddenly rains a lot, a very heavy rains. The weather forecast wasn't mentioned about any rains, theremore, mostly people standing in front of all the shops, under the roof, waiting for the moment it stop.

             

            I couldn't enter to any shops, as too much people there, so I decieded to go through the heaving rains. I was lucky, because I had my umbrella with me.

             

            Ise Jingu - Naiku (伊勢神宮 - 内宮). It was heavy rains, and I took this photo after I walked around Naiku area, before I left.

             

            This is Isuzu river(五十鈴川), a notable river because it flows through Ise Grand Shrine, and many songs and poems have been written about it throughout history. This is also a place where you can wash your mind before you go and pray, but during the heavy rains, it looks not as the peaceful image as we know, at least not from my photo.

             

            Rains stop, and finally I arrived.

             

            This is another lake in the Ise Jingu - Naiku area, I love the serenity nuture place.

             

            I haven't had a proper meal, and all the restaurants were busy... So I randomly got this Japanese Croquette(コロッケ) from a shop.

             

            And this is a standing Sake shop, it looks very nice, that's why I decided to have a try.

             

            You can order only a cup, and enjoy sake and your time at this place.

             

            They gave me a small cup of Japanese Sake with some salts as a dish goes with Sake. I was confused how to use it/eat it!?, till the staff show me, and I know it is a traditional way to enjoy Japanese Sake.

            *The salt was seasalt or something from nature, it's not the normal one you buy from the shop.

             

            Tofu Donut!

             

            Cats around and sleeping...zzZ

             

            Cats...

             

            My second Japanese Sake from the other Sake shop.

             

            After 2 cups of Japanese Sake without having a proper meal, I feel so good on the train. 

            Yes, I sleep very well on the train...

             

            Same route as I came.

            ★Iseshi Station (伊勢市駅) - Nagoya station(名古屋駅) by JR Mie Rapid Line(JR快速みえ)(About 90min)

            *JR Mie Rapid Line is sharaing the railway with a private line between Kawarada station(河原田駅) to Tsu station(津駅), therefore, need to pay additional fee(510yen) on the train.

             

            I stayed a night at Nagoya(名古屋), because one of the character I like from Aranzi Arnozo had a 25th anniversary special sale at Nagoya station, and also for the Nagoya food, that's the reason I decided to spent a night here.

             

            On the way to the hotel where I stayed a night, I saw these dogs on a building!

             

            And my dinner, Unagi(鰻) set! Love it so much, it's my second time to have it at Nagoya, although it was at different branch, but it still taste good as I had before!

             

            Next day, I decided to go to Usami(宇佐美) to have Japanese spiny lobster, which also called Ise Ebi(伊勢えび) here in Japan. This was my main purposed to Mie as well, but unfortunately, I don't have time and chance to have it. On the way to Usami, I had transfer the trains many times, the good thing was not too crowded on the train, I could have a seat to have a rest during the 5 hours travel by local trains.

             

            ★Nagoya station(名古屋駅) - Toyohashi station(豊橋駅) by JR Tokaido Line bound for Toyohashi(豊橋) (About 56min)

            ★Toyohashi station(豊橋駅) - Hamamatsu station(浜松駅) by JR Tokaido Line bound for Hamamatsu(浜松) (About 34min)

            ★Hamamatsu station(浜松駅) - Shimada station(島田駅) by JR Tokaido Line bound for Shizuoka(静岡) (About 44min)

            ★Shimada station(島田駅) - Numazu station(沼津駅) by JR Tokaido Line bound for Numazu(沼津) (About 86min)

            ★Numazu station(沼津駅) - Atami station(熱海駅) by JR Tokaido Line bound for Atami(熱海) (About 20min)

             

            This train surprised me a lot, it's in black, totally different color and design as usual, it also looks like a special train. I even afraid to get on it at the beginning, because I had a ticket for local trains only. I still got on it(the next train will be another 20-30min), and ready for extra payment(I thought), fortunately, an old man who was sitting near me, he told me the train will stop at the station where I want get off. And he told me to enjoy the view from the train.

             

            I got on this train from Atami(熱海), and this train was bound for Izu(伊豆).

            ★Atami station(熱海駅) - Usami station(宇佐美駅) by JR Ito Line bound for Izukyu-Shimoda(伊豆急下田) (About 22min)

             

            Look! This train has a view site seat.

             

            From the view site seat, you can see mountain and ocean. The view is really good, if you have the chance to have a travel to Izu, even not taking this train, you still can see this view, and it made me feel very relax.

             

            Ise ebi(伊勢えび) meal set. This restaurant is a little bit far from Tokyo, and from the Usami station(宇佐美駅), you have to walk about 20min. It's a local area, compare to other area, it has less tourists.

            And this was my 2nd time at this restaurant, I do love the food here, it's very fresh, and you can see beach from the big window when you are enjoying your meal.

             

            Usami Beach

             

            After Ise ebi meal, I stopped at Atami(熱海) for the foot onsen, this is free, and just in front of Atami station. I knew this place, because I was late last time, and not enough time to have a break here. 

             

            During the Summer season, the weather was super hot, and the hot spring also super hot. I was sweat when I was enjoy my foot onsen. I got an ice cream after the foot onse, to cool down myself a littlet bit before I got on the train back to Tokyo.

             

            ★Usami station(宇佐美駅) - Atami station(熱海駅) by JR Ito Line bound for Atami(熱海) (About 17min)

            ★Atami station(熱海駅) - Tokyo station(東京駅) by JR Rapid ACTY Line bound for Utsunomiya(宇都宮) (About 97min)

            ★Tokyo station(東京駅) - Nakano station(中野駅) by JR Chuo Rapid Line (About 18min)

             

            Transportation fee: original fee should be 6930yen(all trans on 3rd day), but I was using Seishun 18 Kippu, it costs only 2370yen.

             

            This ticket is really reasonable, the only inconvenient thing for me was too much time on the train... Luckly, I had a seat all the time, it was OK for me.

            If you have time but low budget for traveling, I highly recommend you to use this ticket.

             

             

            Alice

             

            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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              Japanese Culture Experience - Omikoshi (お神輿)!

              Nakano Hikawa Jinja Shrine(中野氷川神社) has a biggest Matsuri (Festival / Event) every year in the middle of September. And this time, YADOYA Staffs & Guests were joined this Matsuri / Event almost whole day, please see our photos below:

               

              *This photo was shooting by Laurent Perge.

               

              Omikoshi is a portable Shinto Shrine, which serves as a vehicle to transport a deity while moving between main shrine and temporary shrine during a festival or when moving to a new shrine.

               

              And this bird, which is standing on the top of Omikoshi, called Fenghuang(鳳凰).

               

              Ready for Omikoshi! Staffs and guests were meeting at YADOYA Main Branch (South side of Nakano station).

               

              We had the soup before we start, and staffs from the matsuri cooked/prepared for all the people who participate the matsuri, you can easily to recognized from Happi(はっぴ), and it shows we are from Nakano South Area Group (中野南口町会).

               

              We were in Blue color Happi, and Norma, who has different color as us, because she was joined Morning group, Omikoshi for children.

               

              Before we start to carry a Omikoshi, we host another Omikoshi to our place. This guest Omikoshi has staff in dark blue Happi.

               

              A very warm welcome, that we support guest Omikoshi to our area. This Omikoshi was not from our area, but you can see all the people were in Blue, and they all from our area actually.

               

              2 groups combined together to carry this Omikoshi. The people at front, who has a red strap, they are the leader for the Omikoshi event in this group.

               

              This is another group, which visited our place with the first group(previous photo).

               

              After a short break, it's their turn to host our group to their area, which is North side of Nakano station. When we arrived North side of Nakano station, staff from the station served us tea immediately. During the break time, we watched Japanese drums(Taiko) performance.
               

              *This photo was shooting by Laurent Perge.

              YADOYA Team! We were carry it very hard!

               

               

              *This photo was shooting by Laurent Perge.

              This photo was took almost in the end of the omikoshi. Tientien, me, and some guys from Seibu Bank.

              We actually carry the omikoshi for 3 rounds, and it took about 5 hours in a total.

               

              Some children from the group from Koenji, which just next to Nakano area, they danced for the Omikoshi Matsuri. Ladies danced after these childern, and the drums team from their group was the end.

               

              We all tired after carry the Omikoshi around Nakano area. And from the experiences we had, need to put some towels to put between your shoulder and the thick stick when you are carrying the omikoshi, otherwise, your shoulder will become back in a very short time.

               

              Reception! We had lots of foods and drinks, and all prepared from the Omikoshi group. This was the space for staffs who joined Omikoshi.

               

              And we were the other table which just next to them. We had same food as other people, but more alcohol drinks in the end... lol

               

              The guy without Happi in this photo, he is Laurent, he was YADOYA camera man during Omikoshi event. He followed us from the beginning till the end, and support us very much.

               

              We had Japanese Sake!!!

               

              And Victoira finished it!

              *It's not true, this pose just for the photo... lol

               

              -----

              *Special thanks to Laurent Perge, who took the photos for us, even I just pick up a few for this blog.

              This is his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Laurentaroundaglobe.modernnomad/

               

              *Special thanks to the Cameraman from Nakano South Area group.

              Some of the photos from this blogs are from this cameraman.

              -----

               

              Alice

               

              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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                Kanazawa(金沢) Trip!

                Hello, Alice again!

                 

                This time, I would like to sharing my trip of Kanazawa(金沢). This was my first time to Kanazawa, and it was this July.

                 

                I went to Kanazawa by night bus, bus departured from Shinjuku Bus Terminal, the new one open this year. The close gate from Shinjuku station is New South gate, either South Gate(need to cross the street!). And Bus terminal is on 4F.

                 

                I bought the bus ticket with very reasonable price, you can always check Willer Express website, because you can find the discount sometimes. *Sometimes, Japanese page and English page has differnt discount too.

                 

                I arrived Kanazawa station in the morning, and went to the hostel to leave my bag there, then start my travel!

                 

                YES!!! My breakfast, with golden powder! I heard Sea foods are fresh here before, and gold famous here too!

                I had both as a combination sea food rice bowl for my first meal at Ohmicho Ichiba(近江町市場) in Kanazawa. I also ordered a Miso soup, it was so tasted! And unfortunately, there wasn't any gold powder inside of the soup... lol

                 

                After my luxury meal, I was too full... I walked around, and on the way to Kanazawa castel, I found this place. This house is so Japanese, and it is free!

                 

                Almost no tourist here, I can take a lot of photos without bothering anyone.

                 

                I love this glass which is on a slide door, it is not so common now, it's an old fashion. I was surprised when I saw it, because it's in a good condition in this house.

                 

                This is a view from Kanazawa castel.

                 

                I love this scenery, this photo also took from Kanazawa castel.

                 

                And this photo is a part of Kanazawa castel.

                 

                Origami, it was put in a rest spot, near the information desk.

                 

                This ticket is for the park, Kenroku-en(兼六園) + 1 museum, which means I can go to a museum after Kenroku-en. And the museum list in on the right side, you have to check their opening hours in advance.

                 

                Very silent place, with very nice Japanese style garden.

                *It was super crowded when I just got there, too many travel groups around. Good thing is this garden is really big, you can escape people and find your favorite spot to enjoy the atmosphere and relaxing here. 

                 

                This photo was took in another house which is located in/near Kenroku-en. It was require an extra entrance fee for this house, and it was display some Kimono stuffs as a museum. You cannot take any photo inside of the house, included the decorations. But you can take photo for garden side.

                 

                This was a Japanese dessert set.

                I was suprised after I had it, becuase it wasn't too sweet, and really good with a hot tea.

                 

                I had a Japanese dessert set with a such good view as this photo. It was a very nice relaxing time!

                 

                After Kenroku-en, I went to a Kaga Yuzen Hall (加賀友禅会館), which is very close to Kenroku-en.

                 

                Before, I don't know about Kaga Yuzen, till I learned how to dress Kimono, and study Kimono knowledge. Now, I know what it is, and this is a part of the culture of Kimono design.

                 

                Kimono show room area require an entrance fee, you can see the most beautiful kimono design here, and also there is a video shows how to make the design. In the show room area, there is a professional worker who shows how to do it in front of you, but cannot take any photo...  

                 

                This place also provide some trying courses(workshop), and you can take it home as a souvenir.

                *Different trying course has differnt charge, most of them, you don't have to make a reservation in advance.

                *Kaga Yuzan Kimono trying need to reserve in advance.

                 

                Yes, I joined the painting course, and this is a bag!

                Staff prepare everything for me, included the colors, brushes, and always give me some suggestions to make my bag more pretty.

                 

                For my bag course, usually 1 person can choose about 4-5 kinds of model cards. I was lucky on that day, they provided me more in the end, because I was in a shooting for a video.

                 

                Starting... I did front side and back side of my bag, and also bottom! lol

                 

                This is one side of my bag, and I use it as front now.

                 

                My original design with me!

                 

                After the Kaga Yuzen Hall, I went to a tea house area. There are few tea house area around, and this is one of the famous in Kanazawa city.

                 

                I went there late, shops almost closed...

                 

                This is a shop which use gold in the products, such as cakes, candies, accessary. and others.

                I bought some candies here, because it was the cheapest one in this shop... lol

                 

                After the tea house area, I went back to Hostel for check in.

                The hostel located in a quiet area, and also very near to Kanazawa station.

                Staffs are so friendly, and this hostel provid a big box of Umeshu(plum wine) for free in the evening.

                Guest could communicate and enjoy Umeshu in the common area, very nice!

                 

                I was hungry, and the staff from the hostel recommend me this Izakaya for Oden.

                It was my first time to sitting in a Izakaya alone, and was the only female customer there.

                 

                It's my vacation, of course BEER! Kan-Pai!

                 

                These were the foods and drinks I had, all recommended on their menu. And it was really good!!!

                *I don't really understand what I ordered, but staffs are nice and very helpful for me to order the food.

                 

                A corner of old style beer poster, this is in the same building as the Izakaya. If you need a restroom, you will pass this corner definitely.

                 

                *****

                DAY 2

                *****

                 

                This is a corner at the hostel, I asked the staff at front desk to help me for the photos. It is a cozy hostel, and I love this corner so much!

                 

                I went to Ohmicho Ichiba(近江町市場) again to try more sea food. This time, I stopped in a corner where you order, and they cook(bake) for you.

                 

                These all I had for my breakfast, and the owner was so kind! 

                He gave me an extra oyster, because the one was too small... Lucky!

                 

                My first schedule was Ninja Temple, Myoryuji Temple(妙立寺).

                If you want to join the tour, you have to reserve in advance, and reservation accept by phone call only.

                Tour guide charge is 1000yen/person(adult).

                 

                I made a reservation just after I check out from the hostel, and this information was from the staff at hostel too.

                Thank you so much to let me know this information!

                 

                The tour has only Japanese tour guide, but they will try to let foreigner to understand the meaning. They do have limited copies of English guide for foreigners.

                 

                This temple doesn't relate to any Ninja actually. But why Ninja Temple as a nickname? It's very interesting, and charming! For example, when you see the building, you may thinking it is a 2 floors building from outside. No, actually it has many floors(4/5 floors) inside, also has a basement. And you may thinking it is a wall from outside, it actually is a slide door, and also a way could let you go upper to another floor. It could be for hiding someone in the secret space too.

                 

                I'm so glad that I could join this temple tour, love this temple so much, and could see how smart they were when build this temple.

                 

                After the temple, on the way to another tourist spot, Naga Machi Buke Yashiki District(長町武家屋敷). I just random enter to a Japanese resturant. This was a Lunch Set of Kaga Cooking(加賀料理).

                 

                Yes, this is Naga Machi Buke Yashiki District(長町武家屋敷).

                 

                A swimming pool!?

                Well, this is an Art Museum, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa(金沢21世紀美術館).

                 

                I was planning to have a look of this swimming pool, but it request a ticket, and don't know the exactly time when I can join... therefore, I only took a photo from outside, as you see this photo, people are under the water, in the swimming pool.

                 

                The Museum itself, also interesting. If I had enough time, I would love to stay awhile there to enjoy the art.

                *I was lost my way in the museum, this museum is a round shape, I couldn't find the exactly exit out till I asked someone to help me. lol

                 

                After the art museum, I went to another small museum too. I was using the ticket which was with Kenroku-en ticket.

                The small museum prohibit photos, no photos about the museum...

                 

                Well, after the small museum, I went to Ishikawa Prefectural Products Center.

                1F has shops for souvenirs.

                2F has is a show room, display some culture stuffs.

                3F has a workshop.

                 

                This time, I choose the one to make my own glass stamp.

                First, I have to design it, make sure enough space for my name and decorations on the paper.

                 

                Staff will use my design as the original, and make a seal put on it. Then I have to remove the part I don't need, must be very careful and be patient.

                 

                After remove the part I don't need, staff will direct you how to use this to scrub it.

                 

                After scrub it, it's time to remove the seal finally.

                 

                See, this is my own stamp! It's cute!

                 

                After the stamp workshop, I went to tea house area again.

                I really want to try the ice cream, which has a gold paper cover on it.

                 

                I found it during the opening hours, but... unfortunally, it has a notice on it saying SOLD OUT!!!

                So sad when I see the notice...

                 

                Luckly, I found another coffee shop has it in the Kanazawa station. I had it before I leave Kanazawa.

                I don't taste any from the gold or silver papers, it just melting in my mouth...

                 

                Hokuriku Shinkansen(北陸新幹線)!

                It started running since 2015, still new! It was in my plan too, even the price is higher than night bus.

                 

                A souvenir of Hokuriku Shinkansen!

                I was looking for a Shinkansen box, a Bento box, which has Hokuriku Shinkansen shape. I asked the staff at Kanazawa station, and they helped me to ask the staffs at souvenir corner in the station too. And we figured out the box which I was looking for, only sale in the first month when Hokuriku Shinkansen started. okkk... So I got this Shinkansen toy in the end...

                 

                *Recently, I found the Bento box in Tokyo station Bento corner this September. Not only Hokuriku Shinkansen Bento Box, but also Hokkaido Shinkansen Bento Box too! Tokyo station has almost everything, very convenient!

                 

                 

                ======= Useful Information =======

                ★Good Neighbors Hostel

                http://goodneighbors.co/

                 

                ★Kaga Yuzen Hall (加賀友禅会館)

                English Page: http://www.kagayuzen.or.jp/kaikan2.html

                *English page has not so much information actually...

                Japanese Page: http://www.kagayuzen.or.jp/index.html

                 

                ★Myoryuji Temple (妙立寺) --> Ninja Temple!

                English Page: http://www.myouryuji.or.jp/en.html

                Japanese Page: http://www.myouryuji.or.jp/index.html

                 

                ★21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (金沢21世紀美術館)

                English Page: https://www.kanazawa21.jp/en/

                Japanese Page: https://www.kanazawa21.jp/

                ===========================

                 

                 

                Alice

                 

                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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                  Yokosuka(横須賀) Trip!

                  Hello, this is Alice!

                  How are you, everyone?

                   

                  It's been a while that I couldn't share my trips here, because some personal reasons.

                  But I still want to share it with all of you, and one of my trip is Yokosuka trip, which was in this April.

                   

                  Yokosuka is a city in Kanagawa(神奈川) Prefecture, Japan. It's not too far from Tokyo, just need to have some transfer, and after 1.5hours, then will arrive there.
                   

                  From Nakano(中野), please take JR Sobu Line(総武線) to Shinjuku(新宿), and transfer to Yamanote Line(山手線) to Shinagawa(品川), then transfer to Keikyu Line(京急線)to Shioiri(汐入).

                  *Depends on the train, you may need to transfer one more time to Shioiri when you take Keikyu Line.

                  *It takes about one and half hour to Yokosuka(横須賀).

                   

                  I was depature from Nakano earlier then 9:25, and I was arrive Shioiri station close to 11:00. While I was checking what around, I found a Ramen shop in a mall, and it does looks delicious, that's why I decided to had one for my brunch, yes, it was a meal between my breakfast and lunch.

                   

                  This is my ramen, the recommend one on their menu. It's really good, I love it!

                   

                  This is the main purpose why I was there, to join a Cruise of Yokosuka Naval Port(軍港めぐり). And this is the direction to Shioiri Terminal.

                   

                  I booked the tour online, do the payment and get my ticket at the terminal office. This was my ticket, and it's actually a lottery ticket for the tour as well. Just, I wasn't lucky enough to get the prize.

                   

                  A lot of battleships parking there.

                   

                  Battleships from the U.S.

                   

                  Battleships from Japanese Self-Defense Forces.

                   

                  This battleship is not use anymore, the number has been covered by paint.

                   

                  Submarine...

                   

                  After the tour, I was picture with the entrance of the terminal.

                   

                  Dobuita Street(ドブ板通り), I heard about it before, it's a very special style street that you only can see and find here. But when I walked through the street, it was nothing there... almost all the shops closed...

                  *I figured out it was closed day later after my trip... too bad...

                  *There is a style of jacket called, Sukajan, many shops has it on Dobuita street. I wasn't lucky enough to see it, because shops were close...

                   

                  I love this style of flag so much, and I bought a sticker which is same design as this flag on the second day.

                  *I went to Yokosuka in the April, and they told me they will have new design for this year in this June.

                   

                  Yokosuka is a town, which is not too big. After Dobuita street, I walked to Mikasa Park(三笠公園), and went on the memorial battleship too.

                   

                  This is Memorial battleship - Mikasa!

                   

                  This battleship is really big, and still keep some rooms to display the furniture, decorations from the past period, all the stuffs are keeping in a good condition, and also some of the rooms are display for others, such as history.

                  And the photo I took, this was the place where they trained them, and also where they sleep. There are 2 hammocks as a display. Even though, it's hard for me to image, that they were using this space for their living during the battleship was driving in the ocean. 

                   

                  Another photo I took from outside, the front of this battleship, Mikasa.

                   

                  I also heard, there is an island near, and the boat terminal is very close to Mikasa Park. I went there, and asked a ticket to get on the island, and they told me the next boat will be departure at 15:30.

                   

                  I sat there, and waiting...

                   

                  This is the boat, which takes people to the island. And no one live in this island, they keep announce the final schedule is setting at 17:00, please come back to the terminal before the time. 

                   

                  Military Harbour and me!

                   

                  This island also provide the sticks for people who may need it during hiking around this island.

                  *There is a shop for food and fishing stuffs on this island, but closed at 15:00. When I arrived the island, it's closed already...

                   

                  Not so many tourists here, I couldn't ask anyone to help me for a picture, therefore, thanks to my mini camera foot stool, it helped me a lot for the photos.

                   

                  This island was for defend before, there is a old tunnel and some places still can see that they used for setting cannons.

                   

                  There are some natural sceneries around as well. Very quiet sea view.

                   

                  After walked around the island, and took a lot of photos, I went back to the terminal, and waiting for the boat. And, it was in rains... I had my dinner in a seafood resturant near Mikasa terminal, just no photo could share with you here, due to camera has no battery. (sad... )

                   

                  On the second day of my trip, I went to a burger shop to have the famous food, Navy Burger.

                  A lot of shops provide this menu, and this shop was the one I picked up from the guide map.

                  *You can get a guide map at information desk on Dobuita street.

                   

                  WOW, don't know how many layers this burger is, and I didn't take this one too. It's just a food model at the entrance of this shop.

                   

                  Navy Burger and me, very big burger! The staff at the shop was worry that I may not be able to finish it. After that, I did, and I was super full!!! Can't believe that I had this big burger by myself... lol

                   

                  This is a curry mascot, Sucurry, standing at the entrance of JR Yokosuka station. Yokosuka Navy Curry is also one of the famous food here. I wasn't able to have it, because I was super full after my big burger... Therefore, I bought the small curry packages as a souvenir for myself.

                   

                  This was my Yokosuka trip, and usually 1 day is enough if you are going from Tokyo. For my case, the weather wasn't good enough, so I decided to stay a night there, to make sure I will be have enough time to finish the spots I want to see.

                   

                  This place has a totally different atmosphere as other places in Japan, people speak in Japanese, but some of the information is mixed with Japanese and English. It maybe, because the US Navy Base is located in this area, and they need English words to help them to understand it. And while having a meal in a shop, they may just sit beside you. How I know? Ohhh, because they were in uniform... lol

                  Anyway, it's very interesting, and differnt culture experience for me.

                   

                   

                  Alice

                   

                  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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                    Suginami Animation Museum - The place to enjoy the world of Japanese anime for free

                     

                    I'm sky, Tiantian. I like running, and I also like Japanese anime,  so that one day, I decided to go to Suginami Animation Museum by running to there.

                     

                    This museum is offering abudant and informative displays on Japanese anime as well as interesting experiences, the museum is for everyone, from small children to senior citizens, from die-hard fans to those who are new to the magic of anime.

                     

                    The museum offers a comprehensive view of all aspects of Japanese anime, from its origins and history to the glimpse of its future. Many of the displays are experience-oriented to ensure that visitors have fun while deepening their understanding of anime. Special exhibitions are regularly held featuring the latest information about the anime industry.

                    The museum also has a library with a database on anime creators and a movie theater showing well-loved works of anime.

                     

                    This museum has some parts, including:

                    1. History of Japanese anime

                     

                    2.How anime is made

                     

                    3.The future of Japanese anime

                     

                    4. The basics of anime

                     

                    5.Digital workshop

                     

                    6.Special exhibitions

                     

                    7.Anime theater

                     

                    8.Anime library

                     

                    9. workshop space


                     

                    Visitor information:

                    admission:  free

                    URL: http://www.sam.or.jp/

                     

                    I was enjoy my time there,  it's fantastic, awesome, amazing.  hope you also like this and enjoy it.  All the best for you.

                     

                    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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                      ☆Tama zoo☆

                      Hello!My name is Tomoka.

                      Iwork for YADOYA GESTHOUSE durring this summer.

                       

                      Iintroduce the Zoo which there is near the university where I go to today.

                      The Tama zoo can come across many animals at a zoo amang rich nature.

                      This picture is insect garden.Variouse butterflies and a rare insect are bred.

                      It is the sarcophile that it is an endangered speceis to be particularly rare at this zoo.

                      The sarcophile is merely bred in animals of Tasmania, and It is bred alone at this zoo in Asia.

                       

                      It is the flesh-eating animal which is ferocious in the mammals, and the sarcophile has a tough chin.

                       

                      Because I can enjoy it to see various animals elsewhere, it is recommended!

                       

                      There is the Tama Zoo in the immediate place from Tama-Dobutsukoen Station of the Tama city monorail.

                      Because it is a place to be able to enjoy with a family and the lover, please come!

                       

                      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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