April 2011 Archive.

Ushiku Daibutsu

Do you know yhe highest Buddha statues in Japan?

This is Ushiku Daibutsu.


It is bigger than mountain...

Nail is bigger than human being...

There is eleveter in the Daibutsu...

You sould get shock to see it...

I will come day after tomorrow...

Posted by: ken (April 30, 2011 11:45 PM) | Permalink

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Introduce our staff...vol...?

We have new staff, Mihoko.
She has been working with us about a month.
Mihoko is very kind and polite for everybody but little bit shy...?

Name: Mihoko
hometown: Sendai
Lauguage: English, Korean, Vietnamese, and Japanese(ofcourse!)
Coutnry visited: Korea, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia
I like..............watching korean TV drama, eating Kimchi and beef tongue.
Message: Hello, everybody. I am mihoko from Sendai. I had been to Vietnam for 3years and just came back Japan. Before I was in Vietnam, I had been to Korea for 2years and half.
I love Asia. I traveled many countries, but I like Japan, my country most.
Please visit this beautiful country.
I am glad to help your stay in Tokyo :)

Posted by: sariko (April 29, 2011 7:17 PM) | Permalink

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Cafe au lait BOWL

Do you know what this bowl for?

It is called ‘cafe au lait bowl’ … In French, they say ‘bol a café au lait
As the name suggests, it is used for cafe au lait.
Also you can guess that the bowl originally comes from France.
It is said that in France each member of family has their own bowl … Is that true?

There are various designs, shapes and colors of cafe au lait bowls.

It is not too much to say that antique cafe au lait bowls are artistic works.

Actually, cafe au lait bowls have practical function.
The bowls can be used as bowls for soups, salads and desserts.
‘What is useful is beautiful’

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Ken and Melissa from Melbourne, Australia enjoyed having a breakfast with cafe au lait bowl.

It was their first time to try cafe au lait bowl.

Just looking at a cafe au lait bowl makes me dream about a life in Paris.
Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville) by Robert Doisneau
Just looking at the photo of a couple kissing in the streets of Paris makes me happy somehow.

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Toast and cafe au lait bowl for breakfast. You feel like a Parisienne!

Why don't you start your new day with a cafe au lait bowl at our cafe?

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Sakura Cafe Ikebukuro

Posted by: hideki (April 28, 2011 11:55 PM) | Permalink

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Garden city, Christchurch!

Today we have guests from New Zealand~!

They reminded me the life of Christchurch :)

the symbol of Christchurch, Cathedral

As you know, the town was also devastated by earthquake this year…
but it is very very beautiful town actually.

Avon river~
How nice if we can spend time on a boat on a bright day!

rose garden :)

Whoa.... I remember... the garden was sooooo beautiful~

Brighton beach~

・・・Oops, whose face??

ALL BLACKS~~~~~~!! You like Rugby??

Look at this hamburger!!! You know how big it is??

the size is same as my face~~~ (My face is big?? Ooooo, you should’t say that~~)
Do I look so young?? Of course... It was 7 years ago :-p

You see how wonderful the town is!

I wish Japan and New Zealand recover from the damage of earthquake… and back to normal soon :)

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Posted by: misato (April 27, 2011 7:00 PM) | Permalink

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I am a staff member of Sakura hotel Ikebukuro, but today I made a debut at Sakura cafe Ikebukuro.

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Which do you like better, with glasses or without glasses?
You do not care, do you?

A view from the bar … a new experience.
Beers (on the right) are very seductive.

Behind the bar … Mr. Nishimura … nice guy!
My heart was beating so fast, but Mikity was kind enough to help me out.

On my first day, I learned a lot and I saw things in different ways.

Physically It was much harder than I expected.
At the same time, I realize that I am getting old.

By the way, have you seen these movies?
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They make me want to go to the cafe.

Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro

Sakura Cafe Ikebukuro

Posted by: hideki (April 26, 2011 9:14 PM) | Permalink

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We love Japanese! We love Italy!

Last night we had two events at Sakura Cafe, 'Free Japanese lesson' and 'Travelers Night'
We were so happy that a lot of people joined our event.

For Japanese Lesson, many foreigners came to study.


Everyone enjoyed studying and talking together in Japanese.



I was impressed by the attitude of students. They were studying seriously.
I could know many foreigners are interested in learning Japanese and love Japan so much.
I'm so happy about that.


After studying Japanese, we had Travelers Night!! The theme of last night is Italy!!!!!!!!!!!
Buongiorno(^▽^) Let's enjoy talking, drinking, eating!


We served Italian wine,beer,cocktail, and Italian food!!


I tried Italian Surfer and Italian Ice tea, Italian Surfer tastes pineapple. It has sweet and sour fragrance. I loved it but I drank quickly...

Hi Cheese!!!! Thank you so much for joining our party!


We met some of 'Asakatsu' members. Every Sunday morning they gather at Sakura Cafe and enjoy Breakfast and talking together. I wish I could join Asakatsu...


Our staff already drank...we also enjoyed this event.

Thank you everybody! Next event is FIESTA on 7 May!!

Posted by: mihoko (April 25, 2011 6:01 PM) | Permalink

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Attractive Odaiba!

Have you ever been to Odaiba? Odaiba is very nice place for sightseeing,dating, taking a walk...
Today I introduce some places.

I like 'Daiba 1cho-me Syotengai' at Decks shopping mall(4th floor).
They duplicates olden Japan.



Long time ago,Shinkansen was our dream..


Next to Daiba 1cho-me Syotengai, there is Takoyaki Museum.
There are many Takoyaki shops and they make fusion Takoyaki, not normal Takoyaki.



I chose Italian Takoyaki!! I tried Mentaiko(seasoned cod roe) Takoyaki and Ponzu Takoyaki.
'Ponzu' looks like soy sauce but tastes sour. I prefer Ponzu Takoyaki.


By the way, I found Takoyaki Ramune and Kimchi Ramune.


I tried but I cannot comment anything about taste...
You should buy them just for fun, not for drink!

Are you interested in Onsen (Hot spring) ??? But Onsen is far from Tokyo…how can I go?
Don’t worry. You can enjoy Onsen at 'Oedo Onsen Monogatari' in Odaiba.


If you have a dog, your dog also can enjoy Onsen at
'Tsunayoshi no Yu'


Wow, it's cool!
Next time I will go to Onsen with my dog.

Posted by: mihoko (April 24, 2011 3:21 PM) | Permalink

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Ski!? Matsuri!? Local foods in Iwate

Last time I introduced my hometown, IWATE(^-^)

So…. this time, I want to introduce events and local food there!!!

Do you like winter sports??

If you visit Iwate in winter, you should try skiing or snowboarding in APPI Resort!!


There are 21 courses and the longest course is 5,500m!!!!


You can enjoy snow sports between December and beginning of May~!!


In summer, you can see MATSURI (Japanese Festival) anywhere in Japan,

but the most famous Matsuri in Iwate is “Morioka Sansa Odori”!!


if you want to join it, please visit there in summer :)

Last but not least… I would like to introduce the famous FOOD in Iwate!!!

If you are big eater, you should try WANKO-SOBA in Iwate!!


Wanko means “wooden soup bowl” in Japanese, and Soba is black wheat noodles.

If you try Wanko-soba, you have to compete by eating as many bowls as possible!

This is “MORIOKA REIMEN”. It’s not RAMEN…REIMEN is a type of cold noodle soup!


The noodle is very chewy, but you will get addicted immediately just like me~ A must try!!

If you can’t go to Iwate, you can taste it in Ginza, Tokyo~!! (“PyongPyongSha” GINZA GLASSE 11th floor)

Thank you!
Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro

Sakura Cafe Ikebukuro

Posted by: misato (April 23, 2011 9:00 PM) | Permalink

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I know you came from Boston

coz you are wearing a Boston Red Sox baseball cap.

Romulo and Jessica are from Sweden, but currently live in Boston.

Boston Red Sox

Hideo Nomo, a baseball player I respect, played for the Boston Red Sox in 2001 and
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he threw his second no-hitter on April 4, 2001 against the Baltimore Orioles.
Nomo is only the fourth pitcher to throw a no-hitter in both the American and National Leagues (with Los Angeles Dodgers in 1996).

Nomo and I have something in common.
1. same birthday : August 31st
2. same roots : The Gotō Islands, Nagasaki
3. same Kanji character in name : 英 (Hide)
4. same year : moving to the U.S. in 1995

Anyway, this season, 3 Japanese pitchers are playing for Boston Red Sox … Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Okajima and Junichi Tazawa.

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Boston and Japanese … I think of Seiji Ozawa who is one of the world's most esteemed conductors and served for 30 years as the music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is an orchestra based in Boston, Massachusetts. It is one of the five American orchestras commonly referred to as the "Big Five" and it was founded in 1881.

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The BSO plays most of its concerts at Boston Symphony Hall.

Speaking of the Boston Symphony Hall, I like the Live DVD ‘CHRIS BOTTI IN BOSTON’
Chris Botti, Jazz trumpeter, performed live with the Boston Pops at the Boston Symphony Hall on September 18 and 19, 2008 including the appearances from Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, John Mayer, Katharine McPhee, Sting, Lucia Micarelli and Steven Tyler.

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Especially, Cinema Paradiso featuring Yo-Yo Ma is incredible.


Posted by: hideki (April 22, 2011 5:55 AM) | Permalink

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Our Travelers' Night focuses on one country each month.
If you like to travel abroad, you are interested in overseas, or you used to live abroad, why don't you share your experience and knowledge with others?

We will have ‘Italian Night’ on April 24th (this coming Sunday!)
What time? From 6 pm to 10 pm.
Where? Sakura Cafe Ikebukuro
If you are from Italy, Saremmo felici se tu potessi unirti a noi!

Do you like

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Serie A?

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Spaghetti and pizza ?

If you can make it,
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Chef's special Italian food, Italian wines and 2 Italian beers (special prices) will be there!


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Posted by: hideki (April 21, 2011 4:40 AM) | Permalink

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