I visited Nara this week since I went for a school excursion when I was in a jounior high, it was quite long time ago. The owner of Andon, Toshiko-san highly reccommended me sevral times to visit “yougendo” which was a very cosy traditional accommodation in Nara. I finally got a oppotunity to visit them and stayed for one night.
It was absolutely one of my favorit places I’ve stayed up until now. I was originally very interested in traditional Japanese buildings so was very looking forward to seeing their beautiful Japanese-style house. It was ahead of my expectations..!
It was not just traditional, old, but also very elegant and gorgous,I felt. I especially liked the painting on a fusuma in zashiki rooms. I also enjoyed having look at a beautiful couryard and some antiques displayed around the rooms.
There was a fine bar restaurant “yougendo” just beside the entrance gate. It was converted an old warehouse into a bar. So cool! I loved its atmosphere,interior decorations,music,everything. The owner,Mr.Chris cooked elaborate dishes one after another. I totally enjoyed it as I was talking with friendly yougendo staff members and other guests.It was a pleasant time : )
When I went to a lounge in the following morning, I found a really interesting, peaceful scene…! Many guests were getting up and just coming to a lounge, and made themself absolutely at home and very relaaaax. It looked like a big family…! The gorgous traditional Japanese-style house I saw last night changed to a lively big house filled with the feel of human life..! That’s wonderful and cool!!
Thanks so much, Chris-san and lovely yougendo staff members. I’m already looking forward to coming back there and will prefer to stay longer next time!
Many people are excited about this good news because 2 pandas came from China in February, and now students are on vacation, so there are lot of people who want to see cute Pandas there : ) Pandas are really popular in Japan, I think slow moves, lovely faces and when they are eating bamboo grasses attract us very much.
沢山の人がこの明るいニュースを待っていました！２月に中国からやってきて日本名を”真真”と”力力”と名付けられた可愛いパンダを一目みようと春休み中の子供達が沢山集まっているようです。 パンダは日本でもとても人気がありますね、ゆっくりとした動きや愛らしい顔、笹の葉を食べる姿は私たちを魅了します ：）
Male panda named “Li-li” and Female named “shin-shin”. Panda’s baby is tiny and cute!! Apparently it’s very difficult for them to have a baby though I hope they will have a baby someday. パンダの赤ちゃんが誕生するまでの過程はとても難しいそうですが、いつか赤ちゃんを見られたらいいな・・と思っています！
You can see their pictures on the site but it’s only in Japanese. http://www.ueno-panda.jp/ こちらのサイトでパンダの写真が見られます。
And these are pictures in Ueno station there are many picture of pandas every where : ) こちらの写真は上野駅です。上野駅では至る所にパンダの絵が発見できます！可愛いですね ：）
It’s a flavor of guava and also it’s very sour but tasty! I really loved it. I often drink guava juice and it’s same as 100% guava juice ; ) it’s my favorite fruit.
Kris-san is staying in Andon from yesterday! He is repert customer of Andon. He is very kind and friendly for us! We are really big fun of him!! so grad to meeting with him again!! We got big big big surprise when he arrived in here because he bring a lot of chocolates and cookies for us from Belgium. He knows that all of andon staff addict sweets! Look at this picture!!!! It likes sweet shop!! We really appriciate him. Thank you very much Kris-san and please have a nice trip in Japan!!!
I went to Ueno park and there was one cherry tree in full bloom just near the entrance of the park! It was sooo beautiful.
I’m really looking forward to seeing all trees there at their best next month : )
Spring is approaching here.
I also look forward to seeing a new panda at Ueno zoo soon : )