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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“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!
More to come!