June 2012 Archives

◆Star Festival-Tanabata◆ 

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★When You Wish Upon a Star★

♪When you wish upon a star
Make no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you...♪


Do you know the famous song??

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The meanings are like star festival, don't you think so?

 

Star festival will arrive soon!!

This is the picture of Tanabata festival in Sendai city. 

It's usually held on July 7th!!

Will you join a Tanabata event somewhere??

 

Many Japanese people(mainly children in elementary school)will make these original 'Origami' for Tanabata Bamboo tree.

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What will you make a wish upon the star?

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(me with my trainer, Mr Hirotaka in a orange shirt )

Hi.It's Goro.

Today was my last day to work at Sakura Hotel Hatagaya.
Two weeks have passed very quickly !!
I learned many things here.I think that working in a different environment is a very good opportunity to review how to do my usual work.

I'll work for another 2 weeks at Sakura Hostel Asakusa.
If you see me there please talk to me easily :P

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CHEERS BEER LOVERS!!!

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Hello! this is NAO, G'day from SakuraHotel Hatagaya!
I'd like to show you, the Australian Ale "COOPERS RED and COOPERS GREEN"!!!

Have you ever tried "Ale"? it tastes like Beer, but Absolutely different!!
color is not clear, yeast is still alive in it (which is dead in Beer),
and it gives Ale amazing fruity flavor and after-taste....
absolutely standing out from ordinary beers.... worth a Try!!

RED is for Ale lover as it has strong flavor, and GREEN is for first-timer as it has mild taste :)

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Til last month, I'd been working for cattle station in FNQ, Australia....
so Australian beer is not just a beer, its part of my life and part of my blood for sure... :)

Not only this Aussie Ale, we have lots of beer from all around the world!!!
Please visit us and have a nice time with our fabulous beer!! are you ready for "cheers" ?? :)

Check our new website!! ★ SAKURA HOTEL / SAKURA CAFE

Outlet Park Kisarazu☆Shopping Information☆

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Hi everyone. it's Goro on Hirotaka's account.

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I went to Mitsui Outlet Park Kisarazu in Chiba Prefecture last weekend. 
Have you ever heard of this place?? This outlet mall which has 171 stores and restaurants opened about 2 months ago.However,every shops are still very crowded.

It's just 2 steps get to  Mitsui Outlet Park Kisarazu from Sakura Hotel Hatagaya as follows.


1 / Hatagaya station ⇒ Shinjuku station ( 5 mins by Keio-new line )
2 / Shinjuku station  ⇒ Mitsui Outlet Park Kisarazu ( 1 hour by Odakyu highway bus )
   

If you are interested in visiting there while you are staying in Sakura Hotel Hatagaya please ask our staff about further information like time schedule of a bus.


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Sakura Cafe Hatagaya 3rd Anniversary!

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Sakura Cafe Hatagaya will celebrates 3rd Anniversary!

Times fly! 

I would love to say " Thank you" in various language

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Japanese:Arigato   English:Thank you   Chinese:Xie Xie

Korean:Kamsahamnida    French:Merci 

German:Danke    Italy:Grazie   Spanish:Gracias  Portuguese:Obrigado

Swahili:Asante    Indonesia:Terima Kasih   Swedish:Tack

Thai:Khoop khun khrap      Arabic:Shukuran      Rossian:SpasibaTurkish:Teshekkyur ederim 

 

How many language do  you know??


 

When I was waching my photo's data of my camera yesterday,,,

       I found the cutest photo from photos taken in Kyoto!

 

This is the photo,

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 How cute this Torii is!!

How do you think about it!?

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During walking on the street, called 'Nene's road', who was a wife of Hideyoshi Toyotomi

( Toyotomi Hideyoshi finally prevail in many battles from the status of farmers is a great military commander in history the whole of Japan was repression)

 

The minimum torii atracted me strong. 

 

Is the cutest torii still excist on the road?

 I miss it. 

 

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Do you like curry rice?

The most popular menu at Sakura Cafe Hatagaya (on the first floor of Sakura Hotel Hatagaya) is curry rice.


We offer 4 kinds of curry rice, ALL@650 yen.
 
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This is a picture of 'Japanese Curry', the mildest of  our 4 curries.

And it was  my lunch today.

 To tell you the deference, 

Keema Curry = Spicy taste.
Malaysian curry = Milky and spicy.
Indonesian curry = Milky and more spicy.

How about to try our 4 kinds of curry??

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Herb tea

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Skura Cafe Hatagaya has 
a lot of delicious drink like 
coffee ,tea, and the world drink.

The herb tea is recommended.

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There are a lot of kinds of tea and only 190 yen.

You can even choose two kinds.

It is self-service, you can take the second cup when ever like it.

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Hi.It's Goro.

How are you  doing in rainy days?
Today I would like to write about the music at Sakura Cafe Hatagaya.We normally plays the internet radio at our cafe. So, you can enjoy a broad range of music here.Your favorite songs may be played when you're having a coffee. 

Good coffee and good music!! 
Don't you think it's a perfect conbination??

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This morning , My favorite song " English Man in New York / Sting" was played :-P
Now it's your time !! 


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Kamakura

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Last week I went to Kamakura. 

Kamakura is a city close to the sea about an hour away from Tokyo. 

It's famous for its many shrines and temples, and a big Buddha statue, the Kamakura Daibutsu. Kamakura is usually flooded with tourists, because it's just beautiful and perfect for day trips from Tokyo. It's definitely one of my favorite places in Japan. 

One of the reasons I like Kamakura so much is because they sell icecream with sweet potato flavor there. Sounds like a weird combination, but it's really tasty!

When I went last week the weather was just perfect, sunny but not too hot.

Here are some photos I took while walking around the town!


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This is Tsurugaoka Hachimangû, a famous Shintô Shrine right in the center of the city.


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Komachidoori is a long street with many souvenir shops and restaurants. 

There's a Ghibli Store there as well.


Sweet Potato Icecream (the purple one). I forgot to take a picture of the real thing because it tasted so good that I didn't even think about my camera. Maybe next time. ;)

There's still so much more to see in Kamakura. I'll definitely go again!


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Mata ne~



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The annual sales of umbrellas in Japan

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Rainy season has begun in Tokyo.

 

How many do you think annual sales of umbrellas  in Japan in a year.

 

130 million umbrellas!!

That is about population in Japan.


About 60% of that is plastic umbrellas.


How many umbrellas do you have?

Wonderful tip

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Guest room cleaning staff show me such a tip other day.

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It may be incomprehensible with the photograph, but is a considerably small coin.

If you look well printed  Macao on the coin.

The visitor who came from Macao seemed to leave it.

We have such an event every day in Sakura Hotel Hatagaya.

Because we inviting a visitor to from all the countries of the world.


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Hello! Hatagaya !!

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Hi ! My name is Goro ( Thank you Ryoma for letting me use your account :P)
Some of you who have ever read Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro's staff blog might  already know me as I normally work as a staff at Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro.However I'm working at Sakura Hotel Hatagaya for two weeks and at Sakura Hostel Asakusa for another two weeks.I'm really excited to meet new people at new places.

If you ever see me please talk to me easily :P


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Our customers from China and Hong Kong this morning left with a sweet message. Thank you so much for your continuing support. The people of Japan appreciate your thoughts and prayers very much.

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One of the guys also had a really cool pink camera. I've never seen a professional camera like this in any fashionable colors before. You scored some major style points with this one!  Btw I also got to take a few photos with it. :) 

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Our two cute little princesses from Down Under also checked out this morning.

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We' re feeling a little lonely without them.
Have a safe trip home, and we hope you'll come visit us again next year!
(^ー^)ノ~~Bye-Bye!

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A nickname of the penguin who escaped is wanted!

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One penguin escaped from Kasai aqarium in Tokyo late March this year and 
is found Edogawa river near the aqarium late May this year.

The aqarium is collecting ideas for the nickname of the penguin from June 15th till July 1st 2012.

Those who visited the aqarium between June 15th and July 1st 2012 can apply for it.

They must be good at business lol

I wonder what name the penguin will be called.

[Acess from Hatagaya]
Hatagaya→Ichigaya       Keio new line
Ichigaya  →Shinkiba      Tokyo Metro Yurakucho line
Shinkiba →Kasai rinkai koen JR Keiyo line
5 minutes walk from Kasai rinkai koen station

Sakura Hotel Hatagaya - Access

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Since we often receive inquiries from customers who ask us how to get from Hatagaya Station to Sakura Hotel Hatagaya, I made a little photo map. ^^

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Leave through the ticket barrier. There is only one, so you can't miss it.

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Pass the ticket vending machines and head for the stairs.

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Take the stairs to your left (South Exit). Halfway up there is a 100 Yen Shop.

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The stairs will lead you to this exit. There is a big bridge on your right side. Turn to the left, away from the bridge.

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If you walk down the street a little further, you can see a big red sign on a roof top at the end of the street. There is also a Family Mart (convenience store) in the same building.

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When you stand in front of the building with the big red sign, turn right.

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Now you can see the Sakura Hotel sign.

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Welcome! 
It was just a two minute walk from the station. (^O^)

The annual sales of umbrellas in Japan

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Rainy season has begun in Tokyo.

 

How many do you think annual sales of umbrellas  in Japan in a year.

 

130 million umbrellas!!

That is about population in Japan.


About 60% of that is plastic umbrellas.


How many umbrellas do you have?

Hotel in Tokyo!-Sakura Hotel Hatagaya-

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Have you heard of "Hatagaya" ? not so many tourist know this place, though,

only 4minutes away from Shinjuku, the center of Tokyo!

Hatagaya is really convenient and relaxing place to stay for both tourists and locals!!

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Sakurahotel HATAGAYA" has been loved by so many tourists from all around the world, 

Currently we have had customers from more than 110 countries!!


Single, Double, Corner-Double, Twin, Triple, Delux-Double....

We have variety types of rooms available that suit for everybody, singles to families! 

All room comes with private bathroom.

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every rooms are fully equipped with lots of amenities!

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All-you-can-eat, buffet style break fast is available only for 350 yen!!

(Bread, Coffee, Tea, Herb Tea, Fresh Juice, Milk, Homemade soup, Cafe au lait, and more...)

loved by both locals and tourist from all around the world, why don't you have a breakfast with us!

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 http://www.sakura-cafe.asia/hatagaya/english/index.phpand..... each floor has great photography, and arts for welcoming our customer,

let us know if you would like to put yours ON!


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Around us, we have many kinds of restaurant,

and SakuraCafe(located on the first floor) is open for 24hrs, 7days!!  what's in? what's the special for the day?

please ask our friendly staff, we're here, looking forward to seeing you!!


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Tonight at 7pm (JP time),
we are playing against Australia for the FIFA world cup qualifying match.

本日7時、FIFAワールドカップアジア最終予選オーストラリア戦がキックオフします。

I myself usually am not the biggest fan of football, but it is a different story when it comes to when our national team plays.  

私は個人的に特別サッカーファンという言うわけではないのですが、日本代表が試合をするとなると話は別です。

It makes me realize how much I love my country and how much I am proud to be a Japanese.

そんなとき、日本をどれだけ愛して、どれだけ日本人であることが誇りであるかを実感させられるものです。

This game sure will be very exciting, So come to Sakura Cafe Hatagaya to support your team.
Either you support Japan or Australia, or even you cannot decide which team to support, we welcome you! 

この試合は絶対に面白い試合になると思います。サクラカフェ幡ヶ谷であなたのチームを応援して下さい! 日本を応援する方も、オーストラリアを応援する方も、どっちか決められないという方も、
皆さん大歓迎です!

You already know that we have a great selection of beer from all over the world too!

御存知の通り、サクラカフェ幡ヶ谷には、サッカー観戦に欠かせない、世界中からのビールが揃っていますよ!

Speaking of Australia, we have two beautiful little princesses from down under.

オーストラリアといえば、今オーストラリアから、サクラホテル幡ヶ谷にとってもかわいい2人のプリンセスたちがお泊りなんです。

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Aren't they adorable?  Beautiful sisters, Alexandra and Meaghan.
Alexandra's cheeks are to die for!  So cute! (Yes, I love baby's cheeks.)
Meaghan, she is such an intelligent little girl.  

すごくかわいくないですか? この愛らしい2人は、アレキサンドラちゃんとメーガンちゃん姉妹です。
アレキサンドラちゃんのほっぺたぷにょぷにょでたまらないです!(赤ちゃんのほっぺた大好きなんです。)
メーガンちゃんは本当に聡明な女の子なんですよ。

Our staff Ms.Fukuda and I were showing Meaghan how to play with the traditional Japanese toys that we have at the reception. 
After we enjoyed playing, Meaghan said to us, "Arigatou gozaimasu!" with such a perfect accent! 

今日スタッフの福田さんと私が、メーガンちゃんにフロントにある日本の昔のおもちゃの遊び方を教えました。
そして楽しく遊んだ後に、メーガンちゃんは、本当にきれいな発音で、
「ありがとうございます!」って言ってくれたんです。

And I asked her if she could remember one new Japanese word today and tell me what she learned when she comes back. 
Then she replied, " I can remember two!!!" with big lovely smile on her face.
I was very happy to see how she has been so open to completely new language and culture for her.

そして、メーガンちゃんたちがご両親とお出かけする前に、「今日新しい日本語をひとつ覚えて、帰ってきたら教えてね!」と言ったら、
とびっきりの可愛い笑顔で、「2つ覚えられるよ!」ですって!
小さいのに、新しい言葉と文化にこんなにオープンなメーガンちゃんを見てほんとに嬉しかったです。

I can't wait until Meaghan comes back and tells me what she saw and learned today.

メーガンちゃんたちが帰ってきて、何をお勉強したのか聞くのが楽しみです。

And of course, the football match! 

そしてもちろん今日の試合も!

Go Samurai blue! Go Socceroos!!!





The Milky Way floating across a night sky

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From June 1st, the annual illumination event in Tokyo Tower started. 
That is the Milky Way illumination. 
About 24,000 LED lights are used to resemble the Milky Way. 

When it gets dark, illumination are reflected in the windows. 
And it looks like the Milky Way is floating across a night sky. 

It will last until July 8th. 
Lighting time is between 17:00 and 22:00.

From Hatagaya to Tokyo Tower
Take Keio new line from Hatagaya to Shinjuku
Take Toei Oedo line from Shinjuku to Akabanebashi
5 minutes walk from Akabanebashi exit of Akabanebashi station
We added a new dish to our World Lunch menu this week!

A British guest told us this dish is very popular in the UK and kindly taught us the recipe. Originally it was introduced to the UK by immigrants from India.
I am talking about...

Masala Curry!

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This curry is very mild. It is made with boiled chicken, yoghurt and whipping cream, so I am sure that even people who cannot eat hot food will love this dish.  

You can have lunch at Sakura Cafe Hatagaya everyday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Every set is 800 yen and comes with soup and coffee or tea.

We hope to see you around! (=^▽^=)ノ
When travelling abroad, I always to love to visit museums.  

This one exhibition, I would not want you to miss!

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Until June 17th (yes, only 9 days left!), at Mitsui Memorial Museum, the exhibition is celebrating the 250th anniversary of Hokusai's birth. 
The exhibition allows you to explore over 160 pieces of Hokusai art including the famous The Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji.

Speaking of Japanese art, i would also like to introduce you Ms.Yayoi Kusama. 
She is one of my favorite artists of all time. Well-known for her repeating dot patterns, her art encompasses an astonishing variety of media. 

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"The Flowers of Shangri-la" is one of my favorite piece of hers that can be seen at Kirishima Open-air Museum.  If you ever get a chance to visit south of Kyushu Kagoshima, I suggest you to put this on your To-do list.  The museum hold art pieces of would-famous artists including Isamu Noguchi and Yoko Ono.

Back to Tokyo.... if you are looking for some place to find some arty souvenir, Spiral in Aoyama is a great place to go.  

Japan is full of Art.  


Love for the flowers

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I love flowers.  I love them for their beauty, scents, and vanity.

Flowers are alive just as we are, and together we experience the passing of time.

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At first glance of the blossom seems helpless, yet it uses all of its energy to continue the beauty of its existance. 

This somewhat seems able to reflect to our beings. 

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Flower arrangement allows you to experience the joy of creation of your own arrangement that

represents your thoughts, which springs from your attument to plants. 

It offers you a revelation of plant beauty brings both peace of mind and happiness to you. 

 

 

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Whoa! What a great picture no?  I've always wished I could ride a horse...like him...

He sure rides like a cowboy, oh wait, he IS a cowboy!!!

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His name is Nao, he has lived in north of Queensland,Australia for 2 years working as a horse riding instructor.  Obviously he rides horses like a champion,which already makes him so cool.

However, when he catches you with his big lovely smile, you would want to get to know him better.

Things he would like you to see in Japan is...

Our big TOKYO!  This city has so many faces.  Each area has its own uniqueness.

Our food!  Please taste the REAL Japanese food!

Our culture.  Meet our people, get to know us, and feel our culture!

Well, I asked him 5 words to describe himself.  He listed....

Cowboy, Energetic, Big(he is so tall!), Adventurous, and Crazy(in a good way)!!!

At Sakura Hotel Hatagaya, he will welcome you with a big smile and a big heart.

Come say hi to Nao!

 

 

 

 

Lovely Dog Cafe

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We can meet Lovely dog at sakura cafe hatagaya!いぬちゃん.jpgのサムネール画像

  

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 Also you can find Anne Rabbit! at our cafe

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It's already a second day of June, I think time has been passing faster  than ever..?

In Japan, the rainy season is just around the corner and some people might be feeling sort of down, however I am very happy to inform you this news to you!!

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One of our favorite guests at Sakura Hotel Hatagaya, Daniela-chan(in the middle), from Itary who has been here in Japan many times, wrote us the happiest comment on her facebook which reads;

'日本に帰りたい!(=I really come back to Japan!!)'


She wrote the message IN JAPANESE, including Kanji! 

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We went to Karaoke Box in Shinjuku.

I am sure it won't be too long until I see their pretty faces again!

★See you and let's hang out again★

Poutine from Canada!

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Miki(Sakura Cafe Ikebukuro) and I love " Poutine"!!

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"Poutine" is originated in Quebec and can now be found across Canada, ingridience are  "fries with cheese and gravy"!!

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Ikebukuro Cafe  is already available for sale but I want to make "poutine" menu 

in Sakura Cafe Hatagaya!

 

Do you like "poutine"??