シェアハウス旅行~宮城旅②キツネ村へ!!

シェアハウス旅行の2日目。この日は旅のメインである、前住人さんとの再会とキツネ村探訪!

 

ゲストハウスを出て、まずは仙台駅で半年ほど一緒にくらしたSさんと合流。

シェアハウスを出てからも、京都滞在の際はシェアハウスに泊まってくれたりして合ってはいましたが、

毎日会っていた彼女と久しぶりにがっつりおしゃべりする時間があることが幸せでした。

 

駅前でレンタカーを借りて、いざ出発!6名のりなので結構大きな車です。

仙台から高速を使って車で約1時間。その間も音楽でノリノリになったり、久しぶりの再会に近況報告と

盛り上がってあっという間でした。

まずは入口で、お姉さんからがっつり注意をされます。

「手を出すと100%噛まれます。逃げると追いかけてきます。自己責任でお願いします。」

キツネ、けっこう怖っ!!

「この施設はキツネの檻に人間が入ることが出来る施設です」自ら望んで危険ゾーンに入っていくので、

なにかあっても完全自己責任、自己防衛が必要ということですね。

キツネたちは夜行性なのかけっこう寝ているものも多くいました。

ふわふわで可愛いです!!

特に子ぎつねはゲージにはいっているのですが、みんなくっついて寝ていました。

色んな種類がいて、銀や青のものなど。わたしはやっぱりスタンダードな赤茶のきつねが可愛いなとおもいました。

エサをかって、エサをあげる高床式のところからキツネに投げます。

ケンカしたときにキツネの鳴き声が聞こえたのですが、「キューッキャーアー」のような高い音でした。

兄弟なのかな?並んでポジション取っているのが可愛いです。

中にお稲荷さんもありました。

男性陣の、特にモーリーさんがけっこうキツネに近寄るので、ハラハラしました。

危ないっていうのに、男の子っていくつになっても注意を破りたがるものですね笑

「ちょっと男子イ、ダメじゃん!!」と学級委員長の血が騒ぎました。

 

特定のふれあい可能なキツネと、1日に2回11:00と14:00にキツネを抱っこできます。

ただ、キツネは飽きっぽいのでそう長くは抱けないので、時間厳守です。

触ってみると、ふわふわというより毛は長く固めでした。

 

その後は仙台市内に戻り、青葉城の伊達政宗公に会いに行きました。

たまたまこの日花火があるとのことで超混んでましたが、仙台に来たって感じがしますね。

その後牛タンや地酒など仙台の美味しいものを食べ、また5年後はみんなどこで何をしているかわかりませんが、

同じシェアハウスひとつ屋根の下で暮らした仲間なので、また旅行しようと約束して別れました。

こんな旅も、シェアハウスで暮らさなかったら出来なかったし、シェアハウスに来なかったら出会わなかった人たちなので、シェアハウスでの出会いが一生続くかもしれない縁になったこと、本当に良かったなと思いました。

伏見シェアハウスの名前は「和縁(えにし)」です。わたしにとってその名のとおりのシェアハウスでした。

 

また夢を追って、京都は今月いっぱいで離れますが、今後もシェアハウスに遊びに来たいなとおもいますし、シェアハウスの仲間に遊びにきてもらったりしたいなとおもっています。

 

シェアハウス旅行~宮城旅①日本三景の松島

こんにちは。伏見シェアハウスのさとです。

 

最近、伏見シェアハウスのメンバーと、以前の住人さんや泊りに遊びに来てくれた人に会いに

みんなで宮城県を旅行してきました。

 

まずは行きは京都から仙台駅まで夜行バスで。そこで住人のモーリーの友人ジョニーと合流。

若い20代組は寝れていたようですが、30オーバー組は腰がキツかったです笑

仙台駅について、はしゃいで久しぶりにプリクラを撮ってしまいました。

みんな盛れてますね~笑

 

その後、電車に乗って日本三景の松島へ。

松島海岸から船にのって

みんなで松島クルーズをしました。

50分ゆっくりまわって、舩の揺れが心地よくて、何人かウトウト。

 

1日目の目玉!松島さかな市場で

お楽しみの海鮮!カキづくし定食!!

身がぷりぷりして美味しかったです!!

食べ終わってから、五大堂、雄島など松島周辺をぶらぶら歩きました。

 

円通院は“縁結び観音”が有名で、みんなで恋みくじをひきました。

また、お寺の解説のおじさんが面白くて勉強になるお話をしてくれます。

わたしは女子大だったので、学生時代に男女混合で旅行やわいわい遊ぶ機会が少なかったため、

このシェアハウス旅行で青春を再度経験させてもらっているような気持になりました。

 

年齢、性別、職業、国籍が違う様々な人とこんなに仲良くなれたのは一緒に過ごす時間が長い

シェアハウス生活のおかげだったとおもいます。

 

一緒に生活していれば、いいことばかりではなくたまにケンカもありますが、長く一緒にいるぶん

お互いの良いところもわかっているので、でっこみひっこみありつつ、みんなが相手を大切におもって

尊重しあえる関係になれたのだとおもいます。

その関係を再確認出来た旅となりました。

 

翌日はこの旅のメインである、前住人さんとの再会とキツネ村に行きました。

またその模様もブログで書きたいとおもいます~

Why should you choose us over the other ‘share house’ companies?

Hello everyone, how is it going?

Tomorrow marks the last day of my internship at ComeOnUP. As I am working on a proposal for a partnership with another company as my ‘final gift’ for ComeOnUP, I have decided to tailor part of the proposal so that I can share it on this blog. Read below:

Why Choose Us?

Being a pioneer of the ‘share house’ concept, we choose our share houses very carefully. When we assess our share houses, we keep these few things in our mind: the location, condition and comfortability of the accommodations. You can rest assured that our share houses are able to provide you with a truly unique experience of living in Japan. We also interview our house residents to make sure that they are ‘worthy’ to stay with us, so your experience of staying with us will be enhanced.

 

Compared to other ‘share house’ companies, our share houses are in general slightly more expensive, and there are many reasons which attribute for this.

1) Our share houses are the actual share houses, meaning that we do not renovate them just to accommodate more residents, unlike our competitors. (We focus on our customers’ experience rather than the profits) Also, our share houses have common areas which are just big enough to be enjoyed by all of the house residents.

2) We put in more efforts to screen our house residents as we want to make sure that those who stay with us are really fond of the ‘share house’ culture. We want our house residents to feel at home when they live in our share houses and one way to achieve this is to get people who are interested in sharing their experiences and interests with each other to live together.

3) We ensure that our share houses are at their best condition whenever a new resident moves in. We inspect our share houses periodically to make sure that the house residents take good care of their houses.

4) Our share houses have good accessibility. Most of them are within walking distance to the closest train stations. It will not be long before you find yourself in some of the most populous places in Tokyo such as Shinjuku and Shibuya.

 

When you choose to stay with us, you can choose our share houses based on:

1) The location

2) The demographics of the house residents (Nationalities/Gender)

3) The room type (Western/Japanese)

 

Because of this, we are very confident that we are able to provide you with the best experience of staying in Japan by customising our share houses to meet your requirement. However, please keep these few things in your mind when you are considering to stay with us:

1) If you were to live with us, you would be responsible for the cleanliness of your house as we do not offer a cleaning service.

2) You will have to behave like an adult when it comes to dealing with yourself and also the house residents.

3) You will have to share the same vision as us on the ‘share house’ concept. A share house is not like a dormitory, not even in the slightest bit.

 

If you are still wondering how are we able to distinguish ourselves from our competitors, I hope that this article would be able to offer you a general idea of the perks of staying with us, which you might not be able to experience in other ‘share house’ companies. One thing that you can be certain of, though, is that our residents tend to have a higher satisfaction level compared to our competitors’.

Finally, my only wish is that, hopefully, in many years to come, ComeOnUP which truly embraces the ‘share house’ culture, will be able to stand out amongst many other self-proclaimed share house companies. 

One last thing before I end this, I want to make a big shout out to Brian:

“If I were to choose someone to get lost together with me in a jungle, it would be you, Brian.” – Abel

 

 

 

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Japanese Hanabi Matsuri

Matsuri” in Japanese means festival. Recently I got to experience the magic of a matsuri. There are so many different types of matsuri throughout Japan and they seem to be very popular with the Japanese locals and tourists. These festivals include fireworks most of the time, food stalls, games and people walking the streets in traditional outfits.

A lot of people attend the matsuri and even better dress in the traditional Yukata! For those who don’t know Yukata is the traditional summer kimono and looks absolutely beautiful. Don’t worry gentlemen, because you can also get dressed up and wear this!

Once at University we got to dress in the Yukata! Below is a photo!

I went to a hanabi (fireworks) matsuri in Yodogawa recently and it was magical. People everywhere, dressed in Yukata, eating kakigori and different kinds of street food. Later in the night there were fireworks and oh boy. Typical Japan, they were next level. Nothing like I had ever seen before.
In Australia, we have a few nights throughout the year where the city council puts on a firework display, however nothing like this whatsoever. It usually goes for about 15 minutes and they are pretty average.

In Japan, the fireworks lasted an hour and consisted of making shapes, animals and famous characters like Hello Kitty, Pokémon and Doreamon.

This was my first Japanese hanabi matsuri and I was really taken by surprise by how great it was. A few weeks previous to this, Kyoto holds the “Gion matsuri”, which is the most famous festival in Japan. Throughout all of July there are different events that take place. Luckily enough I got to experience the particularly special event on July 17th where big floats sail through the closed off streets. All of the Japanese get involved and even more come to watch. It is definitely an event to add to your list of things to do here!

This year has been one of the worst for Japan regarding natural disasters. Right now the heat is skyrocketing. Reaching at least 35 degree almost everyday. However this does not seem to stop anyone from attending the matsuri.

You can find all sorts of delicious food there. Things such as: yakitori, takoyaki, cotton candy and yakisoba, ikayaki, okonomiyaki, kakigori, taiyaki and I think the most popular; ringo ame (candy apple).

Be sure to try out some of these delicacies if you ever attend a matsuri!

Bare with me, photos of fireworks never turn out the way you want.

If the festival sets off the child in you and you want to have some fun, I highly recommend buying some do it yourself fireworks.

These come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from 1,000 yen to roughly 7,000 yen ($13-$85). Believe it or not, it is actually legal in Japan! Just be careful of where you do it.

The first time I did gave me the shock of my life.

Let’s flashback to March
It was around midnight; my friend, his brother and I all rode our bikes to the river to put on a display of fireworks for the surrounding neighbourhood. We had set a few off and there were pretty cool, medium size-ish.

And then we got to one specific firework that came in a little bottle container shaped box. It wasn’t working. We had held the lighter against the string that is meant to light up for about 10 minutes. We fiddled with it over and over. Continuously trying to light it. Almost 20 minutes later I was ready to give up. My friend and I had our faces stuck right into the little container to see if anything was working. A few moments later, it lit up.

I jumped as fast as I could away from the flame. It felt like a movie if you ask me, like James Bond. Luckily for me I had put my phone on record just in case anything happened. (DM me if you want to see the video)

Since then, I have used fireworks on a few other occasions. However nothing that intense has happened. It is always so much fun.

I think these firework packages range from 1,000 yen to around 7,000 yen, which in AUD is roughly $13-$80. It’s definitely something you need to try if you come to Japan and it’s super easy to find them! Check out the grocery stores or “shit stores”. It’s definitely worth it if you want to have a little excitement without forking out heaps of money. Grab a group of friends and light the sky up!

This is what it looks like in the store.

Don’t forget to check out the matsuri festivals, try the street foods and games and watch the firework display!

Stay tuned,
More to come!

Clare

 

 

 

 

 

Crossing Co-Working Space

I started my internship at ComeOnUp last week and I quickly found out how peaceful it is to work here.

It’s an air-powered aircraft. It’s an air-powered aircraft. It’s an air- The space is on the numerous than the 7th floor of a building about 5 minutes walk from Shin Osaka station. The location is just perfect. Just outside of the building you can find a coffee shop and a family mart. windows and open floor plan, with necessary air conditioning to escape the summer heat.

This customers how use this space are always respectful and kind to my colleagues and I. On my first day at the crossing space, a lady I had not met yet approached me and she offered some fruit to my team and I. This shows how I like to work towards goals and succeed! Find like-minded people here.

Somewhere that each person is focused on their own goals and working hard, but still has the time for a small chat and a hello and goodbye everyday.

I feel hearing and talking about it work with colleagues. It is ideas and pushes the motivation. Co-workers have skills in both Japanese and English so if you are coming here, as foreigners with minimal Japanese skills, do not be afraid!

Many different kinds of people visit this space, to work, to study, to read or to hold events.

I had seemed similar types of things in movies like “The Internship” Google movie but that was all.

I had always been on the search for good cafes where you can enjoy coffee without the cookery without co-working I am already known about co-working spaces before then I would’ve definitely steered towards.. I think advertisement should be directed towards university students more than I know many friends who are always going to cafes to Study because the university library is not open very late.

There are about 30 spaces to work at and is not filled with more than 7 people so it is not not usually crowded or loud.

The Crossing charges 1,000 Yen / day or you can opt for the monthly option of 9,000 / month. The monthly option includes special 24/7 access, whereas daily users are limited to the opening hours.

Find out more on the website below and check out the Instagram page.
I look forward to meeting you!
Clare

http://crossing.comeonup-house.com/

 

https://www.instagram.com/crossing_coworkingspace/