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The End of October

Hi, everyone!
We are enjoying breezy Autumn.
There will be Autumn leaves season very soon.

We had a festival where two guys with fox maskes make acrobatic moves on bamboo polls which is 10m high.
It was held in Wakamiya Inari Shrine and the festival is called “Takengei”.
It was exciting although it was raining a bit.

This is a main building of the shrine.

Fox is a secred animal in the shrine.

This is a shrine gate with a good night view.

We saw fireworks after the festival. It was lucky.

This is a nice, friendly and wonderful couple from England!
It’s their second time to come to our hostel.
They have cool tattoos everywhere on their bodies!
Thank you for your stay!!

This is a tattoo of a famous ghibli movie called “Ponpoko”. He has to put colors in it. Wow, we are sure it’s going to turn out to be an awesome one!

Here’s a cute family from Belgium.
Look at cute smiles of the kids!!

By the way, there are two bridges to go to our nearest tram stop from our hostel.
One is a stone bridge which looks beautiful and you need to take stairs of it.
Another one is just an ordinary flat bridge which is easier to access the tram stop than the stone bridge.
We just found out that many of our guests choose to take the stone bridge.

For example the couple from England,,

Then the family from Belgium,,

It’s a fun way to make your journey more attractive and exciting 🙂
There is a tiny differences between those two bridges, but we want to take more fun and exciting way during we are travelling. It’s very interesting 🙂

Enjoy Autumn! Don’t get cold.

Okunchi festival 2017

Okunchi festival was going on in Nagasaki city for three days, 7th, 8th and 9th of October.
We saw many performances in the festival.
Let’s take a look at each performance.


This one is Japanese dancing. These Geisya danced to Nagasaki traditional song.
It was so beautiful.


This one is Portuguese ship. Why Portuguese? Because Nagasaki used to have a business trade long time ago back in 17th century.


This one is a ship with a red haired dragon. It was so cool.


This one is a Japanese ship that captures fishes. It’s also beautiful and exciting.

It’s held at the same dates every year.
So if you plan to come to Nagasaki and want to have a look at this festival, choose to stay on 7th, 8th and 9th of October! The city becomes so lively and exciting that you don’t want to miss it!
Thanks for reading. Have a great day!

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!!

Ordinary but good days in AKARI

Hi, everyone.
It’s getting cooler in the morning and evening in Nagasaki, but it’s still hot at daytime.

Here’s a Mongolian girl ANO who help us cleaning and at the last day of her work, she kindly gave us Mongolian chess.

It’s very unique because pieces are made based on something related to Mongol.
For example instead of normal pieces, they put yurt, camel and Genghis Khan.

We went to art museum to have a look at an exhibition by an artist who stayed in AKARI.
It’s Chilean art called Arpilleras. It was not only cute but also interesting, because these art works are reflecting severe political situation when military took control of the country.

On the way to the museum, we saw this beautiful scenery.
It’s one of the old western houses in Dejima, and on the back Inasa mountain, which is famous for its night view , is in the sight.

These leaflets are guesthouses and cafes that AKARI staff has been to during a trip to islands in Nagasaki prefecture.

This is new paper cranes’ board.

They are about to go and have a walk near the hostel.
On the left our volunteer guide and on the right they are our guests.
Our short walk program is where you can hang around with Nagasaki locals.

Enjoy the walk!

Autumn is just around the corner.
Enjoy reading, exercising, and don’t forget eating delicious foods!

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.

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