皆様明けましておめでとうございます。HOTEL LITTLE BIRD OKU-ASAKUSAも無事開業から2年を迎えました。開業してすぐに世界中がコロナ禍に襲われ、ホテルの経営も大変な時期がありましたが、皆様に支えて頂いて何とかホテルの経営を続けることができています。
Happy New Year everyone! HOTEL LITTLE BIRD OKU-ASAKUSA has managed to be in business for two years. As soon as we opened, the whole world was hit by the COVID 19 pandemic and we had a difficult time running the hotel, but thanks to the support of everyone, we have managed to keep running the hotel.
Over the past two years, I have had the pleasure of meeting many wonderful customers. I have also been able to hear wonderful stories about Japanese people who are active overseas. I felt like I was traveling abroad even though I was in Japan, eating and drinking with the guests, like they were my friends and family even though they were my guests. The hotel wants to provide a wonderful experience for its guests, but in fact, we are the ones who enjoy the wonderful experience offered by our guests.
The COVID 19 pandemic may continue this year, but we hope to become a hotel that is like a home for people from overseas when they stop by Japan. We also believe that the day will come again when foreign guests will visit Japan for sightseeing, although it may not be soon, and we have made various introductory videos so that they can experience the “real Japan,” the “real Tokyo,” and the “real Asakusa” that are not in the guidebooks. You can find many of them here, so please take a look.
浅草の名物祭りの一つ「酉の市」がいよいよ11月9日と21日に開かれます！商売繁盛を祈ってみんなが浅草の鷲神社（おおとりじんじゃ）に訪れて熊手を買うこの祭り、熊手を売るお店もたくさんありますし周りの道路がみんな屋台になって買い物する人たちで溢れかえります。熊手を買う時のお店の掛け声も名物。実は鷲神社はHOTEL LITTLE BIRD OKU-ASAKUSAから徒歩わずか5分！皆さんぜひ酉の市を見に来て、ついでにHOTEL LITTLE BIRD OKU-ASAKUSAにも寄ってください！
One of Asakusa’s most famous festivals, “Tori-no-ichi” will be held on November 9th and 21st. Everyone comes to Asakusa’s Ootori Shrine to pray for business prosperity and buy rakes, and there are many stores selling rakes. The shouting of the stores when you buy a rake is also a specialty. In fact, Ootori Shrine is only a five-minute walk from HOTEL LITTLE BIRD OKU-ASAKUSA! If you come to see the Tori-no-ichi, be sure to stop by HOTEL LITTLE BIRD OKU-ASAKUSA while you’re there!
A couple who had spent 14 days in voluntary quarantine from overseas. After the quarantine, they went on a trip and stayed at our hotel again. Now that the quarantine period is over and the emergency declaration in Japan has ended, we were able to have our long-awaited “drinking party” with the guest couple and us.
We had a wonderful time talking over sake at a soba noodle restaurant in Asakusa, where celebrities often secretly visit. We had a wonderful time talking about everything from the entrepreneurial activities of the guests to the private lives of the couple. After that, the couple seemed to have enjoyed the hidden restaurants I introduced to them during their stay in Asakusa again.
We receive gifts from our guests, bring gifts in return, and have fun conversations with them. We will continue to strive to be a “humanistic intersection” that is different from ordinary hotels. I’m uploading more and more videos of the best parts of Asakusa and Tokyo on this site. We’ll be making more videos in the future, so please look forward to them!
Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 stated from July 23rd. Our hotel ought to have welcomed many foreign travelers from overseas in this Olympic term, but unfortunately now we have no spectators due to COVID 19. But still this is a very precious opportunity for people all over the world to see Japan. Please enjoy Olympic Games, please enjoy sceneries of Tokyo!
JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization) released a very impressive video, please enjoy.
Japan is still suffering from COVID-19, but we have a lot of great meetings in this hotel. We recently touched upon great faith of our guest, we also recently have a great conversation with an owner of a curry restaurant in Asakusa – we are now confident foreign travelers will soo come back to Asakusa! I will soon re-design the website of our hotel, will introduce more attractiveness of Tokyo and Asakusa. Please watch us!
Furano in Hokkaido is famous for lavender, but in fact we can enjoy full of lavender just less than two hours from Tokyo by car – Lake Kawaguchiko, just beside Mt. Fuji. Now “Lake Kawaguchiko Herb Festival” is held so I visited there.
Please see the lavenders below.
After seeing lavender, we enjoyed “Hoto” – Yamanashi’s delicious local noodle dish with thick hearty noodles cooked with seasonal mushrooms, chicken, pork, fried bean-curd, pumpkin etc.
A guest of husband and wife started staying at our hotel from last September when they came back from US for self quarantine. They liked this hotel in Asakusa and said they will stay in this hotel until they find a good job. They stayed in our hotel until this May, stayed for more than 8 months.
We exchanged sweets, enjoyed festivals, talked about their updates for occupations. Room keeping of every week was also s good habit for us. They finally got a good job and wanted to find a new room – this is just the timing for me to utilize my another occupation as a housing representative. We started finding a good room together, looked for many rooms and we finally succeeded to find the best room for the guests. They started a new life in the room we introduced from this month.
I, the owner of this hotel got license of housing representative in order to look for the place to build this hotel, but I feel joy to utilize this license for hotel guests. We are currently having two requests from hotel guests to look for the room after they stay in our hotel.
HOTEL LITTLE BIRD OKU-ASAKUSAでは滞在客の皆様のお部屋探しもお手伝いします。気軽にご相談ください。
HOTEL LITTLE BIRD OKU-ASAKUSA can help guests to find a room in Japan. Please fell free to consult us.
A guest coming back to Japan from Cambodia and stayed in our hotel for self quarantine – he gives us sweets and tea of Cambodia for souvenir. We gave him Asakusa sweets for return, and then we exchanged sweets repeatedly during his stay. After having good relationship, he introduced us a Japanese whistle teacher so that we can create a new experience menu of our hotel. We really appreciate him.
We also welcomed mother and a daughter of 4 years old from US. This 4 years old girl visited my room every day, says “Hey look” and show toys and sweets she bought, gave us a lot of fun. I felt like sending a family when they checked out…
Japan is now a season of cherry blossoms – our hotel is located in Asakusa, one of the most beautiful cherry blossoms in Japan can be seen, but really sorry we cannot let foreign travelers see this cherry blossoms due to COVID 19. Hereby let us share the photos taken today.
隅田公園 Sumida Park
山谷掘公園 Sanyabori Park
今戸神社 Imato Shrine
Hope Many foreign travelers can see this beautiful cherry blossom next year!