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Wish For Peace 2017

Yesterday was 9th of August, which is Nagasaki Peace Day
Yesterday’s morning, we headed to Hypocenter and donated thousands of paper cranes folded by our guests who visited AKARI.

You can see how it went from below page.
http://nagasaki-hostel.com/archives/peace/wish_for_peace_2017.html

We pray for peace no matter what.

Nagasaki & AKARI’s Summer

It’s now August.
Time flies so fast we can’t catch up sometimes.

We have some hydrangea flowers in front of the entrance.
It starts blooming finally.

There is Peace Ceremony on 9th August.
We are making thousand of cranes to donate at the ceremony.

The end of July, there was a festival and we saw some fantastic fireworks.

This one is ship for Nagasaki ceremony called”Syourou Nagashi”.
They make it to commemorate the ones who died in last year, normally built by their relatives.
And they bring them to the port and leave them flow in the sea.
The ceremony takes place on every 15th of August.

AKARI staff is building a musical instrument called “cajon”.

It’s hot everyday in Nagasaki.
Enjoy the sun!
Waiting for you in AKARI hostel!

S.HONDA

Go to GOTO island

The other day, I went on a trip to GOTO island and some other islands.
I brought my scooter inside a ferry so that I use it on the islands.
I said Good bye to Nagasaki city for a while inside the ferry.

It took about 3hours to get to the island.
As I arrived at a port, I started riding my scooter to and went around the island.
There are many beaches there, the sea is so beautiful.

I saw many churches there, the island is famous for many churches.
The reason why they have many churches is that the people who believed in Christianity, which was banned in that era, used to live on that island to hide from Japanese government.

I also saw many fishing ports.

This one is a guesthouse I stayed.
It was very nice friendly guesthouse.

I finished the day enjoying the sunset and taking hot spring.

This one is a bus that runs around the island.

I found something interesting.

Oh, it’s a Lourdes. Even though I am not a Christian, it was interesting.

 

I reached to a viewpoint.

You can see many cliffs like this on the island.

This is a meat shop called NIKUKATU.

I came across a beautiful beach.

You can reach to the island by taking a ferry or a speed boat.
It takes about 3hours by a ferry and 1 and a half hour by a speedboat.

S.HONDA

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!

「ホステルあかり:ホームページリニューアル」を迎えてのごあいさつ

ああでもない、こうでもないと半年かけて作ってきたホームページのリニューアル作業が終わり、遂に公開の時を迎えました。

現在、ホステルあかりは2008年の開業から数えて10年目の年を送っているのですが、10周年の記念日と次の10年を迎えることを期に、一度ネジを分解しそのネジを巻き直してみよう、という作業をしています。その作業の1つが今回のホームページリニューアルでした。

そのネジを分解してみると、これまでの僕たちはスマートでも利口でも洗練された美しいやり方でもなく、愚直に、言い換えると「ばか」のようなやり方で、変わりゆくこの世の流れにひたすら溺れないようにやってきたのだな、と改めて思いました。飽きっぽくもありますが、でもやることはしっかりやリ続ける頑なさを持っているように思います。だからこそこれまでやってこれたのかも知れません。

僕が34、妻が29の時に始めたホステルあかり。何を隠そう開業以来一日も休んだことがありません。雨の日も雪の日も、赤ん坊が生まれた日も、虫歯が疼く日も、尿管に結石が詰まり卒倒しそうな日も、われらが乗組員は毎日毎日ただただ漕ぎ続ける。それで何か得たものが「形」として残っているわけではありません。目に見えない「無形」の何かがぼくらの中にきっと残っているはずだと信じています。

次の10年の方がこれまでの10年よりも、波は荒く高いかもしれませんが、この新しいホームページを携え、もう少しだけ遠くに進路を見据えながら、乗組員たちと新たな旅に出たいと思います。

リニューアルページの公開まで支えてくれた川路あずささんをはじめとするデザイナーのみなさん、あかりスタッフのみんな、日ごろからお付き合いのあるみなさん、そしてあかりやあかりのページを訪ねてくださる方々、ほんとうにありがとうございます。そしてこれからも、みなさんと一緒に楽しめたら嬉しいです。

 

Our website has now been renewed!
Hostel AKARI was first opened in 2008 making this year its 10th!
Since then, we stayed open for every single day.
There have been difficult times over the past 10 years and there may be more in the next 10 years,
but, we will go on new journeys with our AKARI family!
Thank you very much to everyone who has been involved with us.
We are looking forward to enjoying our time together with the people we meet going forward.

Lastly, we would like to thank everyone listed below for their hard work and support to make this new website.
最後になりましたが、このホームページを作り上げてくださった皆様にこの場を借りてお礼申し上げます。

 

Art Direction:Azusa Kawaji 川路あずさ (HYACCA)
Web Design and Program:Susumu Yamasaki 山崎 進 (design hehe)
Photo : Azusa Shigenobu 繁延あづさ
Illustration : Yuriko Miyazaki 宮崎友理子
Text:Yuki Hashimoto 橋本ゆうき
Translation:Tiffany Key, Danny Rhee, Andries Seegers,
Jonathan van Luijk, Sawako Nishitsu 西津佐和子

 

2017年3月29日 岸川信吾