A happy new year! as this is a beginning of 2021, I visited Sensoji temple in the midnight of a new year day. People was far less than last year – probably due to absence of foreign travelers, cancelation of all night operation of trains, serious spread of coronavirus… but still many people visits a new year pray to Sensoji temple.
We welcomed guests to all rooms this year again – managed to run this hotel for a year, welcomed a lot of great guests, this is really a joy for us, and we hope we can give joy to more guests as we have Olympic games this year. Wish 2021 is a happy year for you!
The three year old boy appeared in front of me with his mother in Haneda Airport two weeks ago. I drove them from airport to the hotel for just 3 minutes but he says the drive was such a fun, which pleased me a lot. For the last two weeks he visits my room everyday and asks a lot of questions (air conditioners, personal computers, my clothes…), when he leaves my room he always waves hands, says bye-bye. He runs and jumps in the room naturally as he is just three years old, but his smile makes everybody happy.
This morning when I sent off the boy with his mother, I really missed him just like I was separated with my family. The last moment I saw him was in the taxi, he waved hands and said bye-bye as always, and I will never forget this scene… But this is probably what hotel business is like, create family everyday, miss family everyday. I really thank this boy who brings happiness to me and our hotel!
The year of 2020 will soon be over – and what is famous event of a year end in Asakusa is “Hagoita-ichi” (Battledore market)in Senso-ji Temple. Shops are fewer than usual year due to Coronavirus, but still you can see variety of shops of battledores. Battledore market is open until tomorrow (19th), please visit Asakusa!
December has come. Hotel Little Bird Oku-Asakusa will be 1 year since open. Last December, I was struggling to prepare for health center’s check, was quite worried whether I can smoothly get the license of of hotel business. We got the shock of COVID 19 this year, but still we managed to continue welcoming guests – we are so happy now.
One of our guests who has been staying here for long period sent us a flower – really impressed us a lot. What we can do is to offer a place where guests can comfortably enjoy their lives everyday, and we need to do the best effort.
A vary famous festival in Asakusa which is held at the end of the year is Tori-no-ichi in Otori Shrine. This festival is so famous that Ichiyo Higuchi, a famous female author has viewed how great this festival is in her famous novel “Takekurabe”. Merchants in Asakusa come to this festival to buy Kumade (rakes) to wish good business. This Tori-no-ichi festival is held on Nov 2nd / 14th / 26th this year and I visited this festival on 14th.
Full of food stalls around Otori Shrine! So many people! World is suffering from COVID 19, but here is a different world.
Finally arrived at Otori Shrine. We heard a letter from this shrine is required to enter, but actually it was not necessary, only required to submit “health check sheet”. This year we could see thousands of Kumade (rakes)!
Addition : Autumn leaves are very beautiful in Tokyo now. Hereby we upload Ginkgo tree photo which is in Jingu Gaien and was taken yesterday. We hope next year more foreign travelers can see famous beautiful autumn leaves in Japan…
If you drive a bit from Tokyo, you can meet a great nature. Really sorry many travelers only see Meiji Shrine in Tokyo and get back… Hereby I want to introduce Nagatoro mountain stream, a great nature near Tokyo.
Nagatoro is just 1.5 hours from Tokyo by car – and the mountain stream is great. You can experience river cruise here, only costs 1800JPY (I visited Nagatoro yesterday, pity I didn’t experience this due to time restraint…)
I want to recommend you to enjoy “Ayu fish dish” with this beautiful scenery – a unique meal offered here. Grilled Ayu fish with salt is yummy, but a super yummy dish is “Ayu-meshi” (Cooked rice with Ayu fish). You can taste this dish in a restaurant called “Tan-ichi”, please try when you come to Nagatoro!
There are few old buildings in Tokyo as Tokyo was mostly burnt by air attack in World War Two. But you can still visit a beer hall which was built more than 80 years ago, and located in the center of Ginza! This is a beer hall which you must visit when you come to Tokyo. The name is – Beer Hall Ginza Lion Ginza Nanachome Store.
I was born in Yokohama, lived in Yokohama until marriage. I live in Tokyo now, but I still love Yokohama, my hometown. Last week my mother attended a photo event held in Yokohama so I visited Yokohama to see this photo event.
The famous festival in Asakusa is “Sanja-Matsuri” – Three Shrines Festival. This festival is the biggest festival in Tokyo, all residents in Asakusa rush into the portable shrine which goes around Asakusa town! – It is originally scheduled in May, but due to COVOD 19, it was postponed to October, and it was still unclear whether this festival is really held or not… But Asakusa people decided to hold this festival, with portable shrine running on the truck! This portable shrine ran in front of our hotel, please see the video link below.
Let me introduce a good cafe in Asakusa – Cafe Michikusa. This cafe is located near this hotel, and famous for delicious pancake. Today I went there and ordered omelet rice and cutlet, enjoyed good atmosphere with beer, felt good!
Manager of this hotel has his routine work like management, reservation control, cleaning of this hotel. But I also have an ambition to contribute to creating better environment of foreign workers in Japan. As a result, I worked as producer of logo and website design of “Japan Platform for Migrant Workers towards Responsible and Inclusive Society”. Please have a look and have interest in this problem, thanks!