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hand-knit hanging and dried flowers

Staff knitted a hanging for a flower vase.We would like to decorate our guest rooms with these dried flowers.

ドライなのに不思議と生命力を感じます。ゲストルームに少しずつ飾りたい。

Akari Grocery for Sale!

Enjoy shopping japanese snacks and foods in Akari Grocery Store!

あかりのリビングの片隅にあるAkari Grocery。日本のお菓子やスナックなんかを置いてます。毎朝、何が人気だったかなあ、とチェックするのが楽しみなんです。

一番人気はやっぱり右下のちゃんぽん、ポテチと海苔ピーも人気。米はSoloTravelerにも優しい一合売り、銘柄はもちもちつやつやの県産米「にこまる」です!(炊飯ジャーの使い方もちろん御指南いたします)

次は何を用意しておこう・・・と楽しみなあかりスタッフです!

Rice,Snacks,Nagasaki noodles”Champon”,Chips etc・・・・
Calbee’s chips with”Asahi Super Dry”
planning next exploring in Nagasaki!

August, 2018

It’s been very very hot throughout in Japan.
It’s very hot in Nagasaki too.

Many things went on in AKARI in August and we have welcomed many guests.

On August 9th, we brought thousands of paper cranes to hypocenter.
And we donate them while wishing for peace.

On 15th of August, Syorou Nagashi, 精霊流し, was held.
It’s an annual event based on buddhism.
They make a ship for their relative who passed away this year or last year.
Ship is said to go to heaven on 15th of August at once.
Ships are decorated with many things that loved one used to like.
They carry the ships to Nagasaki port.
On the way to the port, they make fire on firecracker because noisy sounds let the souls stay away from bad things.

This guest had a happy birthday in August.
We celebrated his birthday with other guests bu singing happy birthday.
She made a surprise for him by decorating balloons and cake.
It was a happy moment.

He is a guest from Netherlands.
He was such a kind guy because he brought us coffee or some snacks almost every morning. Thank you so much for your kindness.

He likes kids.

They are cute guests from also Netherlands!

How cute she is!

It’s been very hot, but guests like them ease the hotness.
Thank you so much.
From tomorrow, it’s going to be September.
We hope the sun will be tired..
Thanks for reading!

Wish For Peace 2018

9th of August was Nagasaki Peace Day.
In the morning of the 9th August this year, which was few days ago, we went to the atomic bomb 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_2018.html

We wish for peace through this project.

Rainy season started.

Hi, everyone!
How are you doing?

The below huge sailing ship from Russia came to Nagasaki in the end of April as an annual festival of Nagasaki called “Sailing Ship Festival”
Seeing that huge sailing ship just in front was so dynamic and overwhelming.

Nagasaki city is having a rainy season right now.
Everyday is rainy and cloudy, but these hydrangea flowers bring you a smile.
You can see these beautiful flowers along the river side, it’s also neighborhood of the hostel.

It was a sunny day a few days ago, so we decided to take a walk with our guests.
These guests are from Netherland.
We talked about lot of things like music, art, Japanese culture and so on.

We came to the main shrine of Nagasaki called “Suwa Shrine”.
It’s about 10minute-walk from the hostel.

We luckily saw Japanese wedding ceremony at the shrine.
It was so beautiful.

This shrine has small guardian dogs with interesting gimmicks.
This dog make your dream or wishes come true if you roll the dog like this.

After the shrine, we went to a local market.
We saw a dragon dance which is one of main performances in the festival “Kunchi” that takes place in October at Suwa Shrine.

We had a lunch at the market with our friends 🙂

It was a nice walk!
All we have to do is waiting for Summer while watching beautiful hydrangea flowers.
Thanks for reading!
Have a good day!

Spring has arrived.

Hi, everyone.
Lantern festival had closed, and Spring has just arrived in Nagasaki.
It’s been sunny the last few days and it feels so good.
We are enjoying such beautiful cherry blossom flowers.
We took a walk at neighbor of the hostel and took photos of Sakura.

This temple is located just across the hostel.

It’s full bloom.

It’s a park near the hostel.

The pigeon was enjoying “Hanami”, Japanese word for flower-watching.

It’s along the river side.

Petals of cherry blossom were running on the river where the carp was living.
It was so beautiful.

It feels so good to see full bloomed cherry blossom.
Why don’t you come to Nagasaki and see Sakura in Spring.

Enjoy your Spring time 🙂

Lantern Festival

Hi, everyone.
How are you doing?

We are having one of the biggest festival in Nagasaki called “Lantern Festival”.
It’s held based on Chinese New Year.
All the city area is covered with beautiful lanterns, so it’s very beautiful.

This one is shot in China town.

This one is shot in Minato park.

This is a lion dance. They also have dragon dance.

It’s near China town.
Pink colored lanterns are so beautiful.

This one is near Spectacles bridge.
Yellow lanterns are so beautiful.

There are many guests who come to Nagasaki for the festival.
They are illustrators and came to Nagasaki by hitchhiking.

They became friends in the hostel.
It’s good to make a new friends while you are on vacation 🙂

They are friendly Korean boys.
I hope they enjoyed their stay in Nagasaki.

We had a nice time with them 🙂
Thanks for staying with us!

Spring is just around the corner.
We’re excited to see Sakura flowers.
See you next time!

January

Hi, everyone!
It’s cold in Nagasaki city.

In January, we had guests who are college students from USA!
They were so nice and we had a great time with them 🙂

On the last day, each student had a presentation about what they discovered or learned about Japan.
It was interesting to know how American students feel about Japan and what is interesting about Japan for them.

After the presentation, we threw a farewell party.
We served them Sara Udon which is one of Nagasaki specialities.

We had a really nice time with them!
We hope they also enjoyed their stay in Nagasaki and come back to Nagasaki again.

In the middle of January, we had heavy snow.
This is a neighbor of Hostel AKARI.

As February starts, they already started preparing Lantern Festival that is going on between 16th Feb and 4th Mar.
We’re so excited.

We made an original information board.
If you have an opportunity, please have a look at it and enjoy the festival.

Recently, we have many family guests.
This cute family is from Spain.
Look at baby’s face, he is so cute 🙂

This family is from Taiwan.
They went to Bio Park, which is a zoo in Nagasaki,
They enjoy the zoo!
Thank you for your stay!

It’s getting cold in Japan.
Take a good care of yourself everybody.
See you soon!

Happy New Year

Hi, this is the first post in 2018.
How did you spend New Year season?

On New Year’s eve, we had soba noodle in the living room, and headed to a temple hit the bell.
Hitting the bell in a temple is a Japanese custom to celebrate New Year.

After having the soba noodle, we went to this temple.
We luckily had Matcha inside the temple.

This one is a first sunrise in 2018.
It’s said that the first sunrise is a fortune thing in Japan.

We put a calender at the reception.

We hope this year will be great one for you 🙂
See you in Nagasaki!

Autumn leaves

Hi, everyone.
It’s getting colder and colder in Nagasaki.
Looks like winter is coming.

We took a walk to Japanese garden with beautiful Autumn leaves.
It took about 15minutes to get there.

On the way to the garden, we saw this stone bridge covered with leaves.

And we had Champon for a lunch.

And kept walking…

Here we come.

This is a traditional gate for the garden.

In the garden, we saw these beautiful Autumn leaves.

There is a Japanese traditional house. Inside the house, you can enjoy some Matcha.

Had a look at the garden.

Green trees, blue sky, red leaves. What can we get more?

There was Koto playing inside the house.
It feels so good to hear Koto playing while looking at Autumn leaves.

We headed back to the hostel.
We encountered these stone buddha statues.

Somebody was drying these Japanese persimmon. Looks so yummy but we never touched them because we are not allowed.

The weather was so nice this cat felt asleep.

Nice characters.

We came across this shrine.

If you touch a part of this god caw, the part of your body gets better according to a traditional history.

We had a cake after getting back to the hostel.
It was a nice lunch break.

This dog like our entrance so much he doesn’t want to stand up.
He was there for about 10minutes.

Thanks for reading!
Have a wonderful Autumn day!!

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