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みなさん、こんばんは!!
Hi everyone!!
新年、あけましておめでとうございます☆
Happy New Year☆

どんな年明けを過ごしましたか??
How did you spend time through the New Year's eve to New Year's day??
私は年をまたいで風邪をひきました。。。
I got a cold....
声がガラガラで接客しております。申し訳ありません!!
Sorry for my rough voice....
と思ったらそれは私だけではありませんでした。
It was not only me to have got a cold.
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Mihokoさんもでした!マスクをいただきました☆
Mihoko too!! She gave me a mask


さてさて、お正月、何をしますか?
What are you doing on this New Year's week??
楽しみがいっぱいですねー♪
We have many things to have fun in Japan♪
おいしいおせちや、親戚が集まったり、みんなでゲームをしたり、お年玉をもらったり、初売りに出かけたり♪
Having tasty Osechi(New Year's dish), relatives get together, play games, get Otoshidama(cash given to children by parents and relatives), going New Year's shopping♪

そして欠かせないのは初詣!!
One of the most traditional things to do is visiting shrines!!
年の初め、お寺に行って今年1年の幸せを願う行事!!
During the New Year's week, we go to shrines and wish a happy new year!!
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私はまだ参拝できていませんが、先日箱根に行った際にこちらの箱根神社に行ってきました☆
I haven't visited yet, but I went to Hakone shrine a few weeks ago☆
大きな鳥居と安産神木に圧倒されました。
I was overwhelmed with the big torii (gateway) and the big tree which we wish an easy delivery for.
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今年2014年がみなさんにとってすばらしい年になるように祈っています☆
I hope that this year will be full of happiness for you☆
今年もサクラホテル&カフェスタッフ一同、みなさんのお越しをお待ちしております!!
We are waiting for your visit here at Sakura Hotel and Cafe Hatagaya!!

おはようございます!今日も絶好調の天気ですね^^

ところで、この前"谷中"へふらっと行ってみましたら

かわいらしい猫に遭遇☆

この白ネコと、茶&黒の猫を見てください。

白ネコが茶&黒猫の背中を枕代わりにして寝ていて・・・

かわいすぎる!!!

Good morning from?sakura hotel hatagaya! what a fantastic weather today!

look at pics everyone!

i went visit a place called "Yanaka" in tokyo where is popular among foreign tourists for its traditional Japanese atmosphere.

and i saw these adorable cats there<3<3

whats funny was the white cat was using brown&black cats back as a pillow!

how cute!

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ふわふわしてそう^^

looks very fluffy~~

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君かわいすぎるよ!

and look sleepy in warm weather^^

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しばららくして、黒ネコもやって来てみんなで一列に☆

black cat came over and joined the queue^^

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谷中商店街では美味しい食べ物や飲み物がたくさんでした♪

"Yanaka Ginza shopping street" is the so interesting street that you can enjoy street food and drinks

while feeling special atmosphere that makes you feel as if you moved back to japanese old era..

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サクラホテル幡ヶ谷からの行き方

幡ヶ谷駅より京王新線で新宿へ

新宿駅よりJR山手線で日暮里駅へ

Directions from?Sakura Hotel Hatagaya?:

[Rail] From Hatagaya station to Shinjuku Station by Keio shinen(Keio New) Line, then to Nippori station by JR Yamanote Line.

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Hi, everyone!!How are you doing today??
This is Yuri at Sakura Hotel Hatagaya!!
The typhoon has just gone this afternoon!! Trains delayed and there were so many trash on the street because of the strong wind!!

Anyway, I went to Sakuratei which is in Harajuku. It's a restaurant of Okonomi-yaki and Monja-yaki, Japanese traditional food.
Did you notice this restaurant's name?? Yes, it's one of our group company, that's why Sakura is included in the name!!


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It was soooo tasty♪

There is Design Festa Gallery next to Sakuratei so that you can enjoy to see art works.
The wall of Sakuratei is also unique and interesting!!
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There were many foreigners visiting the restaurant!!
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I went there for lunch time on Sunday, there was a line many guests waiting, very popular place!!?

Sakuratei is in Harajuku, it's just 20 minutes from Hatagaya station by train!! How about visiting there to enjoy meals??

Multiple Nights Discount -2 Nights Minimum

Although less famous than Japan Rail Pass for visitors,
Seishun 18 Ticket(青春18きっぷ/Seishun 18 Ticket) is very popular discount ticket among Japanese.
It's a symbol of slow and "rich" travel for us.

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It's issued in Japan only that allows holders one-day unlimited rides on the local trains
of JR lines all over Japan during limited periods of year.
Even if you pay additional express surcharge you can not get on express trains.

When I was student, I went to Osaka with Seishun 18 Ticket.

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It takes 14 hours 2,300 yen from Tokyo to there.
I think, i will never try it again....lol
I was young!

If you use bullet train, it takes ?2 hours 45 min 13,000yen

Would you like to save your money?
Would you like to save your time?

Up to you!

It's valid for flexible five days(counted 0:00-24:00) within the designated period of the season.
In this summer,it's sold until the end of August,valid until 10th September.
This ticket is only JPY11500(USD150/EUR105) for flexible five days,which means JPY2300 for each days.

Different from Shinkansen,it's quite time consuming but you will see local atmosphere in the slow trains.

Seishun 18 means "the youth eighteen(years old)".
But no worries!No age limit to purchase the ticket.

For more details see this JR East official site.
http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/seishun18.html

If you have any question, feel free to ask Sakura Hotel Staff anytime!
We open 24 hours/ 7days

ONE COIN FESTA in HATAGAYA

One of my non-Japanese friends once told me that she was often asked by Japanese people if there was something she found strange about Japan.
She said it was kind of hard to answer the question since she had gotten used so much to Japanese lifestyle that she hardly realized anymore whether something was strange or not.

But, she said, there was one thing that kind of bothered her, since nobody was able to give her a proper explanation for that.
It has to do with the 2,000 yen bills. They look like this and are worth about 20 US dollars.
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Pretty, don't you think? But the thing is, many Japanese people don't like them.

In fact you will hardly ever see a 2,000 yen bill in Japan. It is as if they don't exist. And if a Japanese person happens to get hold of one accidentally, they will try to get rid of it as quickly as possible. Which can be tricky because most vending machines don't accept them.

She also told me that the only reason why she ever came across a 2,000 yen bill was because we have many foreign guests at Sakura Hotel who receive them when they exchange money in their home countries before they come to Japan. There seems to be a vast amount of 2,000 yen bills at foreign banks. Maybe more than there are in Japan. ;)

I personally do not have anything against the bills, but when she asked somebody about this the only answer she ever got was that they are "hard to use" or a "nuisance" even.
To her, one yen coins are much more of a nuisance because they take away space and are have practically no worth.
She told me she does not get why Japanese people don't seem to mind them.

In my opinion, one yen coins are surely harder to use than the 2,000 yen bills and take away much more space.
It is not that Japanese people do not mind one yen coins; since we have grown up with those coins, we got used to it.
On the other hand, the 2,000 yen bills, they were not issued at all when I was a kid.
I do not have no idea why they decided to issue the 2,000 yen bills.
They might thought it would be handy, but it turned out to be the other way. I guess that is why people complain about the 2,000 yen bills.
We have already had the worthless coins, but they added another wortheless bills unnecessary. People complain because we could go without the 2,000 yen bills, if not without the one yen coins.

That is my answer to this issue. I hope I answered your question, Anne!

You can visit Shinjuku only 3 min from Hatagaya!

Have you been to Shinjuku??

There are "UNIQLO""MUJI"and huge 100 yen shop!


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Wow! All items' prices  really all 100 yen!?

 

And as you know, Daiso is the most famous 100yen shop in Japan, and Can Do in this department is very wide!

Where is here??

 It's...

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in 'PePe', a department in Seibu Shinjuku Station(east exit of Shinjuku).

You can buy most of all items with 105 yen(including consumer tax) , some items are sold with 315 yen ^^.

Yesterday, when I went to buy my day-use item there, I saw many foreigners in Can do, and enjoyed the shopping^^.

Can do is on 8th floor in Pepe.

 

These are Japanese snacks, Sweet Dry Plum.

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In 7th floor, Muji.  If you cannot find the good item in Can do, let's check here!

(this picture is from a free-use website, igosso).

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How about to buy something good suveniors in this PePe department??

All-you-can-eat Breakfast 350yen

Hello, all. This is Tamura.

I went to Mt. Fuji and took a good photo as below...
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...No. I lied. It is actually a photo of the postage stamp.
( Mt. Fuji is closed this season for your reference.)

 
Sometimes, our hotel guests come to the front desk and ask "What 
do you recommend I buy for Japanese souvenir?"
Every time,  I tried my best to meet their request, after asking what 
type of souvenir they are looking for. But, the gifts they want should 
basically be "very Japanese", "not too expensive" 
and "not too heavy".
 
The other day, when I found a postage stamp sheet in my 
house, I noticed that these can be one of the best souvenirs from Japan!"

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First, they are mostly "very Japanese". Some of them are
serialized, if popular. So, good for collectors.
 

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Second, they are "not expensive".


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What's more, they are all "lightweight". Could be bought even
piece by piece.
 
Additional advantage is that you can buy them at the post
office anywhere in Japan. Actually our Sakura Hotel Hatagaya
and Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro are located right behind the
post offices. Sakura Hotel Jimbocho & Sakura Hostel Asakusa are within walking distance from the nearest post offices, too.
So from now on, I, with confidence, recommend Japanese postage stamps  to our guest as one of their choice for the souvenirs.
 
By the way, postage stamps are never without postcards. At Sakura hotelswe sell post cards of Tohoku Bokujo↓↓

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They shows rare vegetable flowers. I recommend these post cards, 
too ↓↓.

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Ice Cream Day

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May 9th is day of the ice cream in Japan.

I's memorialize that ice cream produces and sold first time in Japan on May 9th, 1869.


The season became warm day by day,ice cream is delicious.


By the way, ice cream does not have the expiration date.

Did you know it?

Star of the Giants

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March 30th, 1968.

 

The animated cartoon which all the Japanese citizens knew started broadcast.

 

"The star of the giants"


It is the monumental achievement of the baseball animated cartoon.


All child in Japan to imitate "major leagues ball" by Hyuma Hoshi the character of "The star of the giants".


"The star of the giants" seems to be remade this year in India.

 

The title "a rising star."

 

A success story a boy makes an effort on the stage of Mumbai, and to become a star player of the cricket.

 

I look foward it.

Sakura Season

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Have you seen Japanese cherry tree?

Cherry tree is very beautiful in spring.



The foreign cherry tree is blooming during a long period, but 
Japanese cherry tree is around one week in the in full bloom.


This state is the ideal of the way of life of the samurai.



Kanji of the year

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The Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation select one Kanji every year.

And It is kind of long custom in Japan.

 

Did you know the kanji of year 2011??

Can you read this?


 


The Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation announced on Dec.12

 that the Chinese character "kizuna" (the bond) was selected as the kanji that best reflects the disaster-ridden year.

 


After the disaster we felt many kindness and bonds from our guests and friends from all over the world this year.

 Hearafter, I want to value the connection with the person.

 

 

 

How do you spend Christmas?

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It's Christmas Eve tomorrow. I guess people are in Christmas mood yet in your country!

It's the same here in Japan, but the way many people spend it might be unfamiliar with you.


First of all, cake is necessary for Japanese Christmas.


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Besides, fried chicken is popularly consumed for the day.




dinner @ Tabibito Shokudo ジャークチキン (旅人食堂, 吉祥寺) / jetalone


However, one of my non-Japanese friends told me once that eating cake and KFC for Christmas is weird!

"So what do you do??" I asked. He told me that they usually eat turkey.



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Other than that, they have food that is unique to their country.

Even after knowing that, I still feel like eating cake!

Though the way to spend it is different, 

I hope everyone will have a nice Christmas this year. J

New Year's Greeting Card

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Do you know the Japanese New Year's greeting card?


It is important manners and customs of the beginning of the year in Japan.



We write greetings of the New Year and your present condition on the  New Year's greeting card .



2012 is Year of the Dragon.

 We will write the picture of the dragon too.



Karaoke Box

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Is there the person who wants to make a karaoke alone?

A store specializing in alone karaoke box will open in Kanda.

Please sing a lot!!

It's all you can sing!!


Health and Sports Day

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Tomorrow's October 10th is Health and Sports Day in Japan.

Health and Sports Day , also known as Health-Sports Day or Sports Day, is a national holiday in Japan held annually on the second Monday in October. 

It commemorates the opening of the 1966 Summer Olympics being held in Tokyo, and exists to promote sports and an active lifestyle



The first Health and Sports Day was held on October 10, 1966, two years after the Summer Olympics. 

October was chosen for the unusually late Summer Olympics to avoid the Japanese rainy season, and Health and Sports Day continues to be one of the fairest days of the year.



As Health and Sports Day is a day to promote sports and physical and mental health, many schools and businesses choose this day to hold their annual Field Day

This typically consists of a range of physical events ranging from more traditional track-and-field events such as the 100metres or 100 x 4 metres Reley to more uncommon events such as the Tug of War and the Mock Cavalry Battle.

Congratulations!!Nadeshiko Japan!!

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Nadeshiko Japan is a splendid achievement.


People's Honor Award in Japan.



They never stop



The London Olympic Games is next!!

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GHOST DAY

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Tomorrow's a day of the ghosts in Japan.


It comes from that "Yotsuya ghost story" was given the first public performance in Tokyo Nakamura Kabuki theater on July 26, 1825.


"Yotsuya ghost story" is the ghost story which is famous in Japan.




It is a general image that a Japanese ghost does not have a foot.

But why Japanese ghost have no foot?



As for the overseas ghost, a thing same as a figure during the lifetime seems to be most.




Is not it mysterious?


Can you ask about a reason?

Woman who has  long hair peeping out over your shoulder,and behind you now.



How is image of ghost in your country?


Chocolate Day in Japan Feb 14th

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Today is St. Valentine's Day

In Japan women gives a chocolate to men it started from year of 1970

It's a chocolate festa all over Japan

Giving to your lover ,  friends, others...... and duty chocolate too

Have a great  St. Valentine's Day


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X'mas cake made in Japan

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Christmas cake is popular in Japan~

Sponge cake strawberry decorations with fresh cream

Strawberries and creams are between  sponge cake too

Yummy~~~~~

 

 

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侍!Samurai Hero!!!

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  • Born:1835/11/15
  • Died:1867/12/10
  • Other name: Saitani Umetarô
  • Japanese: 坂本龍馬直柔 (Sakamoto Ryôma Naonari)
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    • 1835 Born on November 15 in Tosa as the second son into the Goshi (low ranking samurai) household of Sakamoto Hachihei Naotari
    • 1848 Started studying swordsmanship at the local dôjô and quickly became one of the dôjô's most gifted students.
    • 1853 Completed his training in swordsmanship and received his certificate
      • Began advanced training in swordsmanship at the famed Chiba dôjô in Edo.
      • Saw the U.S. Navy "black ships" under the command of Commodore Matthew Perry, rousing feelings of both curiosity and a strong anti-foreign zeal
    • 1854 Completed his training at the Chiba dôjô and returned to Tosa where he learned more about the West from scholar Kawada  Shoryo
    • 1858 Returned to Edo to receive his license in swordsmanship from the Chiba dojo
    • 1861 Joined the Tosa Loyalist Party, led by longtime friend, Takechi Zuisan(Hanpeita), with the aim of expelling the foreigners and restoring power to the emperor
    • 1862Fled Tosa without han permission to become a ronin in Edo to work with other loyalists to push their Sonno Joi agenda
      • Sets out to assassinate Katsu Kaishu commissioner of the Tokugawa navy, due to his calls for opening up the country to foreign trade. Instead of killing him, Ryoma becomes one of Katsu's disciples
    • 1863Katsu secures a pardon for Ryoma for leaving Tosa, but he refuses han orders to return, remaining an "outlaw" Ronin
      •  Put in charge of the Kaienntai in Kobe, an auxiliary naval training unit established by Katsu Kaishu
      • Introduced to Yokoi Shounan an influential loyalist from Fukui, who advocated opening the country
    • 1864 Met Saigou Takamori, a Satsuma loyalist leader, one of the future masterminds behind the future overthrow of the Tokugawa bakufu
    • 1865Established Japan's first foreign trading company, the Kameyama-shachu in Nagasaki, with the help of Saigo, to run supplies to loyalists in Choshu.
      • Met Choshu loyalist leader Katsura Kogoro and begins to push longtime enemies, Satsuma and Choshu to form an anti-Tokugawa alliance
    • 1866 Successfully brokered the secret military alliance between Satsuma and Choshu that will seal the fate of the Tokugawa Bakuhu 
      • One night after the conclusion of the Satsuma-Choshu alliance, Ryoma fights his way out of the Teradaya using a Smith & Wesson revolver during a raid by pro-bakufu police forces.
    • 1867 Received a second pardon from Tosa
      • Reorganized the Kameyama-shachu into the Tosa-Kaientai, and is appointed its head.
      • While running guns, the Kaintai vessel lroha is struck by a vessel belonging to Kii. Ryoma files a law suit under the premise that the Kii ship violated the laws of the sea as stipulated under international law. Receives an out-of-court settlement.
      • Formulated his Eight-Point Program, calling for a new government structure to replace the Tokugawa baku-han system.
      • Goto Shojirou, head of the Tosa bureaucracy, passes a written memorial calling for the immediate restoration of imperial rule and a new government based on Ryoma's Eight-Point Program to the leader of Tosa, Yamauchi Yodo, who passes the document to the bakufu.
      • Tokugawa Yoshinobu, accepts the memorial from Tosa and resigns as Shogun, returning political power to the imperial court.
      • Assassinated with fellow Tosa loyalist, Nakaoka Shintarou by pro-bakufu forces on December 10
    • Killed by ??? it's a mystery ......

     

     

    Who is that???

    He's not dead yet!!!

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      MATSURI

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      I went to the No-ryo-Matsuri at Azabu zyuban last Friday.

      It was pretty crowded in there.

       

      blog6.jpgNo-ryo-Matsiri is famed festival and today is last night of Matsuri.

      I enjoyed goldfish scooping and cockshy.

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      How about going to Summer Festival tonight?

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      Hatagaya to Shinjuku / take keio new line

      Shinjuku to Azabu zyu ban/ take Oedo line

      Total  18 min 

      330 yen

       

       

      KISS and Kabuki ?

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      This is my favorite rock'n'roll album

      私のお気に入りのCD&レコード 


      KISS ALIVE! 


      I bought that record when I was 12years old kid!

      They're still around making an album and go for tour too

      Super Rock Star Band KISS!!!

      They're make up got a idea from Japanese KABUKI play did you know that!?

      確か?12才のころカナダで買ったレコードです!

      キッスはまだまだ現役で活動!アルバムを作ったり、ツアーに出たり!

      永遠のロックスターバンドとして煌びやかに輝いてますよ?

      メイクアップは歌舞伎からヒントを得たとか.....

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      This is the Farewell Tour T-shirt, one of my rock'n'roll T-shirt that I have!

      So many in my closet!

      こちらは私のロックTシャツのコレクションの一枚です!

      キッスだけで何枚あるのか??

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      T-Shirt Series 2

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      Peaked Yellow's T-shirt Made in Japan

      It's a hidden popular brand!

      Very sexy singer ~ isn't she!?

      ピークド イエロー 日本製です。

      隠れたブランド品 マニアックですが?

      お色気ある歌姫でしょう?!

       

       

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      Masked Rider ( Kamen Rider )

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      Kamen Rider Double (仮面ライダーW(ダブル) Kamen Raidā Daburu, Kamen Rider W, Masked Rider Double) is the eleventh series in the Heisei period run of the Kamen Rider Series and the twentieth Rider series overall!

      No.1 Japanese Kids Hero is Kamen Rider Double!!! 

      My kids are crazy about it too !!!

      CHECK WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE HERE!!

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      ONE PIECE

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      Do you like Japanese animaion?

       

      Today our guest gave us comic books  ONE PIECE !!

      These comic books are written in English.


      Recently japanese animaion is popular all over the world.

      How about studying Japanese with comic books?

       

      Dango Dango Dango!

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      This is a suvenior from Japanese guest. From Mrs. Suda (a lady.)

      Rice dunplings  (=dango).↓

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      We ate it during our break! 

       

      Have you ever eaten dango??  This is very popular snack in Japan! 

      There are many kinds of tast, with soy sause, or a soy and sugar sauce,  a red bean, and bean flour! ↓ (pictures from some kinds of website.)

       

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       ↑ Bean flour dango.                             ↑ Mitarashi  dango.

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      ↑Hanami (3 colored ) dango.It's  Beaautiful!  

      This is usually s for spring, on hanami season. Taste sweet.

      Why don't you try to eat them?

      GOCHISOUSAMADESHITA!