February 2013 Archives

Norwegian wood... no, girl !

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Hi! Naoya here.
Now I'm getting used to the work here at Sakura Hotel Hatagaya, gradually...

I recently finished the book by Haruki Murakami,"Kafka on the shore". 
Some criticize on the strange Murakami-style of writing, but I really liked it.... 
There's a book also by Murakami, called "Norwegian wood". It's also good writing, I think.

And today, we have a number of guests from Norway, actually.
I'm really happy with that^^ It's always fun to know somebody new from overseas!

When I was working, one of them asked me to answer some questions for her study, then I said ok.
I accepted it because of cultural interest, of course!!! of course.

We talked about so many things and it was so fun!!^^
She speaks Italian as well... what a coincidence, so do I.
Japanese and Norwegian speak in Italian... wow.

(a chocolate from Norway in my right hand... Takk takk :))

Thank you for coming!!! and have fun in Japan!!^^

Now I really wanna visit Norway, someday....

I usually write about Beer in this blog.
But today, I want to show you beautiful flower which decorated at Sakura Hotel Hatagaya.

Isn't it so beautiful?
I thought it's imitation when I see it first time from distance.
But it's real.

It' still cold in Tokyo. But I feel spring when I found this flower.

You also can enjoy beer while seeing flowers.
皆様、こんにちはー (アンニョンハセヨー)

サクラカフェ幡ヶ谷で研修中の、Park 朴です♪



Hello, this is Park, from Korea, 
training at Sakura Cafe Hatagaya from Februally!!
Today, I want to introduce 'So Delicious Menu from Egypt,




Today, I made this for lunch first time.


どうですか??美味しそうじゃないですか? (笑)

How do you think the taste of this?? 
It seems to be sooo yummy dish, doesn't it??




The volume was so large for me!!
My stomach was really full of Kosyari:)
Many kinds of ingredients made me so happy!!

I thought that I've already ate this kind of taste before? 
I couldn't remind...?

食べてみませんか? お待ちしておりますよ!!!

How about to come to Sakura Cafe Hatagaya to eat this special yummy food??

We open 24 hours, 365 days for you:)
See you at Sakura Cafe!!
Hello everyone.
Nice to meet you.
I am Kyara Coedo from brewery in Saitama prefecture.


My home town, Kawagoe in Saitama prefecture is used to say "Edo's kitchen", during Edo ear.
Coedo means small Edo.
My body color is reddish yellow color, in Jappanese Kyara color.
My taste is....
Try Meeeee!


Have you try Green beer before?

This is a special beer for St' Patrick day!
When I was in United States, I saw the many people wearing green clothes and enjoy the green food in St' Patrick day.

This year, our hotel will do same things!
We have several green food for this event.
But main is this! 
Greeeeeeeeen Beer 

Yes, it's beer! It's green, but beer.
Taste? not melon, not green tea!
It's something special!

Please try it our cafe!

This is not green but this is organic! 
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Howdy y'all, This is NAOTO from Sakura Hotel HATAGAYA! <Shibuya,TOKYO!>

the good thing is...
St.Patrick day is coming soon!

Do you celebrate the day in your country ??
anyhow, wherever you come from, If you are going to visit Ireland (which is origin,)
Wear anything GREEN or You'll get pinched - oops, just be careful around Mar.17th!

At Sakura Cafe Hatagaya <Sakura Hotel Hatagaya 1F>,
We are goin to serve Special menu from Mar.1st!


**St.Patrick GREEN BEER <700yen>!!
**Fries with special St.Paddy dippin sauce <450yen>!!

and we are going to serve much more 'GREEN' stuff ----
Please come visit and check them out!!

Everything's going GREEN!!
Got to love Green - ay? :)

In Tokyo, it's still cold but getting warmer eventually  - Have a nice day!!  

Sakura Cafe Hatagaya Mixed Egg Rice

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Hello Everyone

Do you like Tamago kake gohan(egg sauce over rice)?

We always sell Tamago kake gohan in Sakura Cafe Hatagaya :)

But it's not just the normal Eggs.
Fresh and high-grade egg is used.
Tohoku pasture is the place where chicken are brought up.

Red Egg
& the Blue Egg
Please Come & try it at Sakura Cafe Hatagaya (^_^)

Hello everybody!!

Today I'll introduce some of our lovely Guests, That stayed with us at Sakura Hotel Hatagaya  (^_^)

First , I'll introduce this Mexican Couple 
Don't you agree with me that this Mexican hat is very cool :)

Also those 4 guys are from Singapore 
The second guy from the left , he can speak a little bit Japanese language!
After they checked out from Sakura Hotel Hatagaya , they said that they'll go for 2 nights to Hakone (^_~)

In the Last we have this sweet couple from Netherlands
They stayed with us for 4 nights & after the checkout they said that you'll gonna go to Kyoto for 2 nights & then back to Tokyo & stay for 1 night at Sakura Hostel Asakusa , then in the next day they will back to them country!!

I hope to see them all in Sakura Hotel Hatagaya again !!

If you have ever stayed at our hotel, you must have seen this treasure box near the reception.
In this box we have put snacks rarely found at other places in Japan.

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We have got a new member!

It name is " Piccole Magie". from Itary.

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there are 8 tiny lovely chocolate in a gorgeous box.
taste is not too sweet and very milky , its melt in a mouth smooth and softly!

I wish I could get before st. valentine's day,,, 

Our staff Naoto bought 3 boxes in once, 'cause he loved it.
We are not sure when it will be sold out.
so if you stay our hotel, please try this milky chocolate!

New staff @sakura hotel&cafe

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Nice to meet you!

My name is AYUMI NUKUI, a trainee of Sakura hotel hatagaya.

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Let me introduce my self a bit..

Name:              Ayumi Nukui
Nationality      Japan
Date of birth   21st January  
where I live    Asakusabashi Tokyo
Previous Job   Importing and Exporting the furnitures.


Japanese Festival we call MATHURI(祭)...


Cooking, baking and eating...
(Helloween Cookies that I baked)

and ofcource TRAVELING!!
I have traveled 30 countries
love Nature! mountain ! River!
also love Architecture! Outdoor Sports! Eating!
Pls let me know about your country :D


There are many things to learn, but I will work with fun! 
I hope I can support to make your wonderful memories in Japan.
I'm looking forward to seeing you here!

Ayumi Nukui

New staff!!

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My name is Naoya Aoki, I was born in Yokohama, Japan, and have been in Yokohama for whole of my life, as well.
I started working at 
from just, yesteday. (we have also another new staff, Park from Korea!!)

I had been in Italy for 1 year for study, and got back to Japan last summer.

(↓at Piazza Michelangelo in Florence, Italy)

I had a lot of great experiences, like eating pizza, gelato, drinking caffe'.... XD
...Of course I loved the worming atmosphere there too :)
I learned how to speak Italian there. Not how to make a Pizza, unfortunately, though...

【Per chi parla italiano!】
Quindi, come ho scritto prima in inglese, sono stato a Siena per un anno fino all'estate scorso, per studiare italiano. Se pensate di venire a Tokyo, provate Sakura hotel Hatagaya!!! Posso garantire che e' l'ottima scelta :)

I do juggling as hobby, here's a photo where I'm tossing balls at the lake Bled,  Lubiana, Slovenia, being worried about losing some of them.

I still have a lot to learn for my work, so far!! @@
but I'll do my best, and provide everyone with comfortable, friendly atmosphere^^

Waiting for you to come to Tokyo, Japan, the country with full of wonder.
Sakura hotel Hatagaya can always help you!!

Naoya, AOKI
Hello everybody 

Do you think the Japanese Convenience Store is really convenient ?!!

Actually for sure I think the Japanese Convenience Store is really convenient
It's working all the 24 Hours & all the 365 days of the year.
Maybe it's appearing to be small , but you can buy & do many things from there!!

But , there isn't only for buying food , drinks & sweets (^_^)
if in case if you need an immediate money ..  There's an ATM machine in any Convenience Store .

Also there 's a copy & Fax machine 

Is there anything else you need in the Convenience Store (^_~)
Near Sakura Hotel Hatagaya, 
There are many Ramen shop like bellow,

This is one of my favorite Ramen shop in Hatagaya.

I chose 'tantan-men set' @680 yen.
Because I really like 'miso' ramen above all.


The restaurant name is 'Koufukuen' 香福園.
This restaurant opens from 11 am to 2 am!! Soooo good!

You can choose ramen and other chinese food from many kinds of menu.

Let's enjoy to find out your 'Most favorite Chinese restaurant' in Hatagaya:)

※Access to the ramen shop.
30 second from North Exit of Hatagaya station. (B1)

What Is Shisha?

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You might already know that you can smoke shisha at Sakura Hotel Hatagaya.
However, I guess there are a lot of people who do not know what it is.

I will explain you briefly what it is like to smoke shisha.
Shisha is flavored tobacco. You smoke it with a instrument called hookah.
It is originated from India and Middle Eastern countries.


Shisha Smokers
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On the photo above, they seem to be at some cafe.
Both men and women are smoking shisha. Some are old, some are young...
Shisha is for everyone!


Smoking Shisha in London
by ChodHound

The caption says they are at London.
Shisha seems to be popular everywhere in the world!

What I tried to show you is that you can enjoy it anytime, anywhere with your friends. 
You do not have to be a tobacco smoker. We have nicotine-free shisha as well. 


Brand New Japanese Tattoo!

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Have you ever seen a fresh tattoo?
One of our guests got a new tattoo yesterday and he showed it to me!

THIS is it!


This leg belongs to Mr. Thomas from Austria.
He said it had taken 4 hours to get that tattoo! And it hurts! 
To be honest, I do not really understand why people would like to have a tattoo.

I do not know what fish it is, but it seems to be a carp.
It seems that a carp is trying to climb up a waterfall. Isn't it a cool tattoo?

When I think of Japanese culture, what come to my mind are things such as Anime and Sushi. 
I guess Japanese tattoo can be on that list too!

Traditional sweets from U.K Welsh cake!

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Welsh cakes are Traditional Welsh snacks.

Have you tried it before??


1272370220.jpgWelsh cakes are made from flour, sultanas, raisins, and/or currants, and may also include such spices as cinnamon and nutmeg. They are roughly circular, a couple of inches (4-6 cm) in diameter and about half an inch (1-1.5 cm) thick.


Ms.Linsey Davis (U.K) taught us how to make it!

This receipe from her grand mother secret recipe!!



Actually it was served at Sakura Cafe Hatagaya.

I will start again soon!


Sushiroll workshop on Mar. 2nd (Sat)


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Welsh cakes are Traditional Welsh snacks.

Have you tried it before??


1272370220.jpgWelsh cakes are made from flour, sultanas, raisins, and/or currants, and may also include such spices as cinnamon and nutmeg. They are roughly circular, a couple of inches (4-6 cm) in diameter and about half an inch (1-1.5 cm) thick.


Ms.Linsey Davis (U.K) taught us how to make it!

This receipe from her grand mother secret recipe!!



Actually it was served at Sakura Cafe Hatagaya.

I will start again soon!

The end of March, we will meet cherry blossoms season!

Did you already our Blog?

I recommend you where is good place to see Cherry blossoms in Tokyo!

Shinjuku Gyoen Park

Entrance fee: 200 yen 


Covering 58 hectares, Shinjuku-Gyoen is one of Tokyo's largest parks

 (in the city center). 

It was opened to the public in 1949 after it had served as a garden for the Imperial Family since the beginning of the 20th century. Shinjuku Gyoen features three garden types: an English landscape with wide lawns, a traditional Japanese "Niwa" with teahouses and a symmetrically arranged, formal French garden. Besides, there are many types of vegetation as well as a greenhouse (the greenhouse is being reconstructed until 2011). Shinjuku Gyoen also has more than a dozen types of cherry trees, making the park one of Tokyo's most popular and romantic Hanami spots during late March and early April

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From Hatagaya to Shinjuku gyoen park

Hatagaya-(keio-new line)-Shinjuku 3 chome.

7 min 270 yen

2nd March Sushi Roll Event!


Hello everybody

Yoyogi Uehara B is a new share house for Muslims & it'll be opening from 20th February (^_^)

- It's so much close from Sakura Hotel Hatagaya .. Only 8 min. walking.
- Also it's near from Tokyo Camii ( Mosque ) , 5 min walking.
- A praying room is also in the house.

Actually the house place is very suitable for Muslim People
- They have the place for praying & one more thing is very important for Muslim people!!
Which is the food (^_~)
The house location is very near from many places that selling the Halal Food , like 
Sakura Hotel Hatagaya , JICA & many other Islamic Halal shops nearby.

Now Muslim people will have no problem to enjoy them life in Tokyo ♪♪

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You can Reserve on the Mosque Tour by:
Phone 03-3469-5211   or by

Potluck Party!!

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How do you spend a saturday night?

I am invited to my friends moving party.
though, I will be late because of work...

But anyway, today's party is potlick style.
Organizer of today is from Spain.
so he prepared gallons of SANGLIA !!

↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓

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I prepared this dishes..hope every body like my cook..

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I heard there are any guest from many country.
So I'm looking forward to eat variety of foods and drinks.

Sakura cafe have a international food party plan.
Please check this.

Yesterday one guest showed me a English railway map when we were talking.
It was actually a map he got when he stayed at Sakura Hotel 3 years ago.
It was very impressive. I would have lost it in 3 years. Thank him very much for keeping it!


On the back of the map was a advertisement of Design Festa 2008 and 2009!
It really was made 3 years ago!


Let's compare it to the latest version.


Though the design is a little bit different, it looks the same basically.
Of course I gave him the latest one! 
I believe he will bring it with him a few years later when he comes back to Sakura again!

What will you eat at Harajyuku, Tokyo?

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What is your purpose to go Harakjyuku
To see the latest Japanese fashion trends?

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Visit the MEIJI TEMPLE or YOYOGI PARK for a picknick? 

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What will you eat there? 

Please try Teppan-yaki in a cool restaurant SAKURA TEI(さくら亭)

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Situated close to TAKESHTA street, a 10 min walk from Harajyuku station.
This restaurants interior design are painted by many artists
Which creates a very colorful and exciting atmosphere.

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Art Gallery (DESIGN FESTA GALLERY) and Art cafe are also connected, so you can enjoy art and coffee :D

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they do  all-you-can-eat plan from 1000 JPY at lunch time 
and 2000JPY for standard plan.

and for our guests we give a free drink ticket at the front desk.
Please try and enjoy TEPPAN-YAKI !

World wide Lunch for next week!

It's a some kind of curry from Indonesia.
We use all spice in below.

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And this is Sambal sauce which is really spicy!

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Boiled it for 4hours....
And then

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Looks yummy?

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Please try Indonesia's soul food at Sakura Cafe!

Places to Go for Free in Tokyo

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Have you ever felt that everything is expensive in Japan?

Actually, there are a lot of places to hang out for FREE in Tokyo!


1. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings (@Shinjuku)


Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
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It's free to go up to the top floor. You can see sky scrapers in Tokyo from the height of 202m!


2. MEGA WEB (@Ome)


MegaWeb Toyota City Showcase

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This is a theme park ran by TOYOTA. 

If you have a driver's license, you can enjoy many exhibits and events here!


3. Suntory Musashino Beer Factory (@Musashino)




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You can have fresh beer for free!


Please check their websites before you go! They are not open every day!

Hello Everybody,
It still so much cold on the early morning (*~*)
BUT .. there's a way to become warm & It's always available everyday at Sakura Hotel & Cafe Hatagaya (^_~)

You're all agree with me that when we eat our bodies will become warm .. Also it's depend on the kind of food that you're eating (^_o)

In Sakura Hotel & Cafe Hatagaya we have every morning a Buffet BREAKFAST from 5:00 AM till 11:00 AM 
Every morning you can eat a lot of delicious food on the breakfast which will must get you warm & it's only cost 350 Yen ('',)

Tokyo Mosque Tour it'll be in 16th February!!
エジプト人スタッフ・モハメドさんと行くモスクツアー 2013年2月16日(土)
Hello everyone ^_^

Do you know that we have in SAKURA CAFE HATAGAYA many many kinds of BEER & SNACKS .. from almost all over the world , SPECIALLY the delicious & awesome stuffs (^_o)

Take a look at this as an example .. BUT FOR SURE IT'S NOT ALL THE KINDS THAT WE HAVE , LOL :D ===>
Those 5 kinds of Beer is from USA , Singapore , Mexico , France , Thailand 
& we have other Beer kinds from .. 
Greece , Germany , Belgium , Vietnam , UK , Spain , Brazil {*_*} 

Also we have a very Delicious Snacks 
Those kinds are from Lithuania , Poland , UAE , USA 

★★Sakura Cafe Hatagaya Herb Tea★★

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Hi everyone

There are a lot of types of herbal tea in Sakura Cafe Hatagaya 

Actually those three Herb tea types is so much popular 

Everybody , you can come & enjoy the sweet flavor at Sakura Cafe Hatagaya (^_~)/

Tokyo Mosque Tour it'll be in 16th February!!
エジプト人スタッフ・モハメドさんと行くモスクツアー 2013年2月16日(土)