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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”

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 🙂
Thank you so much for your stay!

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!!

Ikeshima Island

Hi, everyone.
It’s getting colder in Nagasaki city.

If you have visited Nagasaki city, some of you might have visited Gunkanjima, a.k.a Battleship Island.
Gunkanjima had been known as a coal mine island until 1970.
Now it’s famous as an abandoned place with buildings that look like they are about to corrupt and rusty big machines used for coal mine.

There is another island similar to Gunkanjima.
It’s called Ikeshima island. In Japanese, 池島(いけしま).
Ikeshima was also coal mine island and you can still see abandoned buildings and machines.
But there are still people living there, so the island itself is not exactly abandoned unlike Gunkanjima.
It’s a quite interesting island, so I took a walk around the island the other day.
**Everybody can enter the island without permission or fee.

The port for ferry to Ikeshima is not easy to access unless you have a car.
It takes about 50minutes with a car to get to the port.

I bought a ticket first.
It cost 410yen one way.

It was 15minutes-ride on the ferry.

As I reached the island, I started walking around.

There was a broken motorcycle.
It reminded me that I was on an island with very few people.

The island is also famous for having many many cats.

Many drum cans….

You can see views like this on the island.
Rusty facilities like this one with beautiful sea and field.

Keep walking.
Slopes made me tired.

It’s an area where shops were concentrated.
Now none of them are open…

This one is a school with a big field.
I imagined there were many students playing on this field back in the day.

If you go more forward the school, you will see the apartments area.
This building is covered with leaves, which made it photogenic.

Some pieces of windows are fallen.
There are people living near the port, but in these apartments, nobody lives anymore.

Looks like one scene or set in a movie.

It’s a corridor that made people easy to get across the building.
People didn’t have to take stairs inside the building, but they just came there with a micro bus and go directly to 3rd or 4th floor.
This is because there was no elevator at that time.

I came across this small compartment what looks like it’s used to be an office.
They drew their slogan on the wall in Japanese.

This is a belt conveyer to bring mines to a ship.
But it’s cut halfway.

This one is a machine that carry mines and bring them to the conveyer.
It’s so huge.

There are still cranes and railways without taken care of.

You can see the railway running from the right to the left in the picture.
It used to lead workers to inside coal mine.
There is a sightseeing tour where you can ride a tram and go inside the mine, and get a explanation from tour guides.
In the tour, they let you operate some machines used for digging coal mines.

This one is a tram, but it’s not used anymore.

The island is not that big, so you can circle the island on foot with about an hour-walk. You can see cute goats below.

On the way back to Nagasaki city, you can see this beautiful sunset.
This observatory is located Sotome.

All the places above are a bit hard to access without a car.
But if you have a chance to be in Nagasaki with a car and haven’t decided where to go or want to go somewhere interesting, this island is one of your options.

Thank for reading!
Have a good time!!

[The course I took]
長崎駅=Nagasaki JR station
神浦港=The port
池島=Ikeshima

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!!

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