Japan has the second most planetariums in the world. There are 2 planetariums in Katsushika.
One is in the Katsushika Ward-run “hometown and astronomy” museum.
There are 2 things about this planetarium.
This museum makes its own content for planetarium. They do not release content purchased from other locations. And in this planetarium, commentators will always give live commentary.
As a result, the content created by the museum has a reputation for quality.
Konica Minolta’s state-of-the-art machines are also used. Therefore, the starry sky spreading over the dome is also very beautiful.
Another planetarium is inside the temple. The name of the planetarium is “Planetarium-Galaxy”.
The director of this planetarium is a versatile person. His jobs are monks, singers, illusionists, and amateur astronomers.
There is a spaceship model outside the building, but even if it looks like this, it is a temple that has continued since the Edo period. (From A.D. 1600)
It is rare to find a planetarium in a temple, but it has another unique feature.
The machine used here is made by PENTAX.
PENTAX’s planetariums are only found here in Japan. Probably only one in the space!!
A sign has been created in Hostel Hana-An.
I really liked the sign. It’s very coooooool!!
But there is one problem.
This sign is inconspicuous. Really inconspicuous. Especially at night, the signboard melts into the darkness.
I thought about measures.
Yes, let’s make a sign to let you know that there is a sign.
The sign says, “There is a sign ahead. Look at the top right!”
What do you think of this idea?
Look for lanterns until you have a sign that indicates the presence of the sign.
The cherry blossoms in Tokyo this year are expected to be on March 15th. This seems to be the fastest ever.
By the way, did you know that all the representative cherry trees, Somei-Yoshino （ソメイヨシノ）, are clones?
The wooden deck of Hana-an is almost ready. I finally managed to change the garden that I wanted to do it since opening. It will soon be completed. What should we do here? Would you like to have a tea ceremony?
Truly Japanese traditional and retrospective Izakaya remains in Kanamachi, which reminds us of the Showa era. It is ‘Fukagawa Sakaba’ A bit of courage may be required to enter this Izakaya but once entered, we find many today’s assorted dishes are laid on the clean and spacious counter. We are able to enjoy each of them one by one, they are all a kind of the taste of mother and every thing is delicious which grabs the heart of old guys.. This is the reason why this Japanese style bar lasts for more than 70 years although they don’t get any Michelin’s star. We are able to find there true Japanese local people spirits. Why don’t you enjoy there the taste of mother. The owner of this Izakaya said the foreign people are very welcomed. You may not be able to converse with them but your hearts will be well understood. When you come to HanaAn, let’s go there together.
As midnight approaches, the precincts become overcrowded with people for Ninen mairi (two-year shrine visit).
The approach to the temple is usually quiet at night, but it’s bustling only on this day.
I wish you all the best for the new year!
Very close and just behind the Keisei Kanamachi station, when sun sets and lights up in the street, night face comes up. This street is crowed with small and good taste drinking bars and restaurants such as edemae sushi, grilled chicken, popular izakaya, one shot drink bar, eel restaurant and traditional Japanese “teishoku = composed with rice, miso soup, main dish together with side dish and pickles, all of these are in one tray”. Many of them have long-years history but some of them were newly opened, From now on, we will visit them one by one in order to explain you how enjoyable they are. Stay tuned!! This street is 10 minutes walk from Hana-an.
It is very famous and popular baked cake in Japan. The faces of Seven Deities of Good Luck are baked on the surface of cakes. it is very fun to look at faces before eating. When you eat the cake with face of Daikokuten on it, you may become rich as Daikokuten is the god of economic fortune. There are a variety of faces depending on the place you buy. In Kanamachi area, you can buy Ningyo-yaki called Shigemori-no-Ningyo-yuki. The shop is 10 minutes walk from Hana-an.
From this week, Gourmet series starts and good taste and reasonable price restaurants, Shokudos and eating places will be introduced in this page and all of them are located in Kanamachi area.Let’s start and today’s and first introduction is Sushi restaurant and its name is “Sushi Yoshi （すし祥）” This is sushi restaurant but on top of Sushi, you can enjoy other variety of foods together with lunch and dinner menus. Price is reasonable and very very good taste. If you want to enjoy Japanese local popular foods, Sushi Yoshi is one of the most suitable place, Every day, it is crowded with Kanamachi area people. Very fun and
a lot of laughing!! We call this restaurant in Japanese “Aji Yoshi, ryou Yoshi and nedan Yoshi means Good taste, good volume and reasonable price”
Japanese really love taking a bath, in old days, people went to public bath to communicate and deepen the relationship, which is called the naked relationship. Children learned social rule and manner there. But nowadays, the number of public bath is reducing, we have now only one public bath in Kanamachi area. Every day, people get there and wait before the opening of service, they are really fun of public bath. It is regret that the inside of big bath room can not be shown to you, instead please take a look at the photo of the Edo period which shows the inside bath room for ladies. Have a good and fun imagination!! If you want to enjoy the Japanese public bath, please come and stay in Hana-an, we will guide you!!