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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 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 🙂
감사합니다.

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.

「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