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Finnish MOOMIN

moo10.jpgA beautiful lady checked out early in the morning and gave me 3 boxes of candies.
I cannot describe how HAPPY I was.

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Posted by: hideki (July 23, 2011 5:12 PM) | Permalink

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What a coincidence!

We have many guests from all over the world every day.

and today I welcomed guests from Malaysia as usual.


but they made me surprise(>o<)!!


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Posted by: misato (July 16, 2011 3:54 PM) | Permalink

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Every day, we put national flags of the countries where the guests come from.

Ms. Armi Henriksson ...

She is from Finland.

In the midnight, her T-shirt caught my eyes.
T-shirt with black cats and Japanese characters 'KONNICHIWA' 'SAYONARA' printed on the front.
She bought the cute T-shirt in Finland ... not in Japan.

When you think of black cats, what kind of image springs to mind?

I think of ...

A scary short story "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe that was first published in 1843.

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Studio Ghibli's animated film "Kiki's Delivery Service"(Majo no Takkyūbin) that was released in 1989.
Kiki, a young witch, is accompanied by her black cat "Jiji"

Yamato Transport Co., Ltd. which is one of Japan's largest door-to-door delivery service companies.
It is also known as the "Kuro neko Yamato."

The company's logo is a yellow oval with a black mother cat carrying her kitten in her mouth.

By the way, this is one of my favorite mugs.

I heard that some countries and cultures have superstitions about black cats.
In some cultures black cats are considered to be good luck, and in others they are considered to be bad luck.
Which luck do you have in your country?

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Posted by: hideki (July 2, 2011 12:59 PM) | Permalink

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Do you like SAKE?

You like SAKE, don't you?

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Oskar from Paris, France wears T-shirt with the logo of one of the brands of Japanese sake "Kiku-Masamune" that is based at Nada in Hyogo Prefecture. Interestingly, he bought the T-shirt at "UNIQLO" store in Shanghai, China.

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There are 2 sayings :
" Sake is the chief of all medicine " and " Sake is the chief of all poisons. "
The contradictory expressions imply that too much is not good and everything should be done in moderation.

However, I always have a hangover after drinking sake.
I never learn from the bitter experiences … shame on me!

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Posted by: hideki (June 8, 2011 5:18 PM) | Permalink

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O Canada!

Bryan and I have something in common.
It is “Toronto”

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Bryan lives in Toronto, Canada and I used to live in Toronto, too.

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He reminds me of Lake Ontario, Niagara Falls, Toronto Maple Leafs and more ... I have great memories of Toronto and I always miss friends I made there.

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Bryan is a journalist and a director of a charity company.

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Bryan flied relief supplies to Japan, such as batteries, diapers, underclothes, snacks, water purifiers, Band-Aids and towels.

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Yesterday he headed out for northern Japan to distribute the relief supplies to those people in need.

Bryan, I am so proud of you.
Take care and have a safe trip!

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Posted by: hideki (June 4, 2011 4:40 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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VIP guest

One of the big super vip guest of sakura hotel, Dalllas san came back today!
He was repeater of Sakura Hotel Jimbocho for more than 10years.
Recently he stays at Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro.


We are so glad to see familier face now.
Thank you for come back, Dallas san.
You are Hero!

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Posted by: sariko (April 12, 2011 11:15 AM) | Permalink

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Happy Easter**

Hello, everybody.
We got easter gift from our guests.


Do you any plan for easter break?
If not, please visit us.
We have special offer now.
Please check the link below.

**We all are waiting your coming back**

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Posted by: sariko (April 5, 2011 3:10 PM) | Permalink

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We got gifts from France.
Who is the sender ???

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Audrey Tautou? Jean Reno?

The senders are Mr. Djamel & Ms. Lydie

This is not the first time.

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Last time … Sariko was really happy with ‘Mickey Mouse’

Merci beaucoup.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
We are all GENKI.

Posted by: hideki (March 27, 2011 4:16 AM) | Permalink

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