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Autumn is coming.

Breezy wind is blowing in Nagasaki.
Autumn is coming.

These two guests met here and became friends.
They look so alike.
Their smiles made me smile 🙂

This is a souvenir from guests from Czech Republic.
Its design is very nice 🙂

This is a ship used for Nagasaki festival called “Okunchi”.
It’s going to be held on 7th, 8th and 9th of October.

This picture was taken from inside tram that runs Nagasaki city.
It’s near Dejima.

We threw a takoyaki party.
We cooked so many takoyaki!

Looks so yummy!

We’re glad everybody was happy with the party!
These guests, also our friends :),  are from Switzerland.
Thanks for coming all the way to Nagasaki!

We hope you have a good time in this Autumn!
Have a great day!!

Summer 2017

It’s the end of August.
Time flies so fast.

Hostel AKARI is running our hostel keeping our pace.
We are growing vegetables outside of the hostel.

We baked scone using basil that we are growing.

On 19th and 20th, there was summer festival along the riverside.
There were some people wearing Yukata that looked beautiful.
Spectacles bridge changes its face in every season.
It amuses us every time.

We had guests from Korea.
Kids were happy to stay in a bunk bed.
We were happy to see that 🙂

This is handmade instrument called cajon, we named it AKARI CAJON.
You can play it in the hostel.

This is an object sold at a shop nearby hostel.
It’s inspired by Nagasaki festival called Takengei, 竹ん芸.

Enjoy your summer!
Hasta la vista.

How to cook Sara Udon

We would like to introduce our Nagasaki speciality food that is easy to cook by yourself.
This time, we introduce “Sara Udon”, written as “皿うどん” in Japanese. What you need to buy is noodles and a soup. They are sold at almost every supermarket in Nagasaki. The noodle is called Cha-Men, “チャーメン” in Japanese. It’s said that the name of the noodle came from a Chinese word long time ago.

The soup is always placed next to the noodle. It’s powder when it’s inside a bag, but once you mix it with water and cook, it gets sticky. The soup is found  at the center of the picture above that shows the character “あんかけスープ, 100円”

At a supermarket, many ingredients used for Champon and Sara-Udon are placed like this.
We have these kinds of foods not only as an ordinary lunch or dinner but also when we meet our relatives or have a meeting our neighbors. They are also delivered from a Chinese restaurant if you order them in your house.

Now we are going to cook. Basically you fry everything except for the soup, and put the soup on the ingredients while cooking in a pan. The ingredients you fry are, for example, pork, vegetables, squids, shrimps, fish cakes and etc.

Fry pork, seafood and vegetables, then put the soup on.

Heat them slowly until the soup gets sticky.

Put everything you fried in the pan on the noodle, Cha-Men.
Then ta-da! A delicious Sara Udon is ready to be served.
On the left, thick noodle version. On the right, normal version with crispy thin noodles.
Cha-Men is just 86yen and the soup is 100yen. It doesn’t cost very much and fun to cook.
The ingredients are sold at local shopping district near the hostel AKARI.
How about cooking Sara Udon in AKARI?
Thanks for reading!