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May 30, 2017

Looking for a new helper Staff / ヘルパースタッフさん募集

【We are looking for a new helper staff from June】
<6月からのヘルパースタッフさんを募集しています>

Konnichiwa! : )
We have a lovely sunny day in Kyoto!
However I feel a little bit sad because our helper staff just left today : (

So! Now we are looking for a new helper staff from June.
It’s preferable if you can speak Japanese just a little and like to meet new people from different countries.

Every helper staff seems to enjoy a lot by working for a few hours, then exploring Kyoto at the spare time, even to just be relaxing along the Kamo river : )

If you have any interests, please email us an easy resume with a photo.
Or please share to your friend who is interested to!

※A valid working holiday visa or a student visa is required during your stay.
stay@gojo-guest-house.com

こんにちは、天気のいい日が続いてますね!

只今、Gojoでは6月から働いていただけるヘルパースタッフさんを募集しています。

色々な国の人と出会い、色々な事を知るのが好きな方は是非ご応募下さい。

1日数時間働いた後、京都散策をしたり、鴨川でリラックスしたり、それぞれ好きな過ごし方で京都を満喫していただけると思います^^

ご興味のある方は簡単な履歴書を写真付きで送ってください。
また心当たりのあるお友達へ、シェアなどお願い致します。

※外国籍の方はワーキングホリデービザまたは学生ビザが必要です。
stay@gojo-guest-house.com(連絡先はこちらです。)

 
May 24, 2017

Most Beautiful Small Museum in Kyoto

This is totally my personal point of view!

Haha but it’s good to put this “most~” “best~” title to fish.. sorry.
There will be other titles about most beautiful blablabla as series maybe.. ?

To be honest, I feel it’s also fun to discover our own best things by ourselves.
But it’s also nice to get some recommendations from someone who knows your taste or friend or friend of your friend.
Especially when we are traveling abroad far away from home.

However, I try to do my best to introduce this place.
I would love to recommend here if you have interest about Japanese life, craft, interior, building.

Museum Kyoto Japan

Museum Kyoto Japan Museum Kyoto Japan Museum Kyoto Japan Museum Kyoto Japan Museum Kyoto JapanIt’s Kawai Kanjiro Memorial Museum in Kyoto city. (not Kawaii..)

Kawai Kanjiro was pottery artist originally but he also did sculpture, calligraphy, poetry and furniture, interior, product design.

I can say he was very talented craft man as designer and artist at that period.
I feel like there is a distance in between craft and design and art but he was interactional each of those.

I think he is best Japanese potter ever.

It’s impressive how he could keep creating with joy and challenging.
It looks like he had never gotten bored with it.

They worked and lived in this house and studio everyday.
He created tons of potteries in this place.
And this house supported his massive creation as space.
He also designed this place.

It’s used as his memorial museum after his passed away(in 1966, he was 76 years old).
At there, you can see his works and many crafts he collected, interior furniture, garden, huge kiln, books.

Especially those chairs, he collected many chairs from Africa, South America maybe Europe, in Japan as well.
I remember that I met one Spanish family at the museum and they were so excited.
They said there is a chair made by their grand father but they couldn’t tell that in Japanese to the staff.

I translated their exciting random Spanish and English by Japanese and told that to staff there.
The staff brought a old book and show the family then there was a photo of their grand father in the book..
They looked so happy like explosion!

Sometimes I think stuff is just stuff but it has more value or can be important when it has a story or memory.
Especially there are so much story in crafts and it’s interesting to discover the background.
I feel that was more pure and honest at that period when Kanjiro was living.(It’s not like branding business.. haha)

Everything is beautiful with gently atmosphere in traditional Japanese style building like great harmony.
We still can feel his daily living life from this place.

There are some books about him selling at the reception.
I really like the title of the book from his word.

It’s “We do not work alone”.

I bought it for myself but I gave it to someone and bought new one for myself but gave it again to someone and bought it again then maybe I will give it to someone again one day haha..

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I feel like I can describe forever about here.. maybe not here, about this great lovely person Kawai Kanjiro but I stop here.

Anyway, please come visit there and touch the feeling of him.
Then I would love to hear how you felt.

I like to know how we see the things in each different point of view.

Link:

[English information by japanvisitor.com]
http://www.japanvisitor.com/japan-museums/kawai-kanjiro-memorial-museum

[Official Japanese website]
http://www.kanjiro.jp/

I almost forgot to say but it’s about 10 min. walk from our main building!

Thanks for reading.

Have a beautiful day~

Gojo staff
Kaji
http://gojo-guest-house.com/

 
May 03, 2017

International Photography Festival in Kyoto

KYOTOGRAPHIE 5th edition “LOVE”

2017.4.15 Sat – 5.14 Sun

 

http://www.kyotographie.jp/en/

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It’s a International Photography Festival in Kyoto.

Now the 5th edition “LOVE” is holding in several places in this city.

Here is the epic.

“Those feelings and concepts we call LOVE vary according to our background, including our religion, our view of history, where we come from, and our living environment. Such differences, however, can at times cause indifference, or turn love to hate, giving rise to serious problems that plague modern society, such as violence toward the vulnerable. This may be why humans know love to be so precious, and why we instinctively seek it in many forms.


“To LOVE” essentially means recognizing the existence of and connecting with things outside ourselves. Through LOVE we connect with other people, with society, with nature, with art, and with ourselves. With LOVE the world can become a more peaceful place.
It is our continuing dream, in making this festival a reality, to share “LOVE” through photography.”



I thought it’s difficult to show love visually by photography.


Because usually we tell that with a story like movie or novel.

How can we express it just in a piece of photography.

But I agree that love means recognizing the existence with other people, with society, with nature, with art, and with ourselves.

Those buildings exhibitions holding are also beautiful places.

They use some special, historical, traditional buildings which we can not go inside usually.

It’s also nice to see how they put photography in each places.

Especially this one at Ryosokuin in Kenninji temple.

http://www.kyotographie.jp/portfolio/nobuyoshi-araki


This place has amazingly beautiful garden like fantasy inside.

And this Japanese artist “Nobuyoshi Araki”.

His title is “A Desktop Love”.
There are just flowers and puppets on the desk in the photo.

It sounds very simple but those objects made us feel something like love somehow clearly or strongly.

Haha but of course we can put another title on it.
We can take it in by any kind of way whatever freely so it’s interesting to see art things.


I would like to recommend this nice event until 14th of May.

You can come back next year if you will miss it haha.

We also sell the ticket at the reception in Gojo guesthouse.

Thanks for reading!

Have a nice trip.

Gojo staff

Kaji

http://gojo-guest-house.com/

 

 
April 28, 2017

One of The Finest Example of Japanese Architecture

Katsura Imperial Villa and Garden are completed in 1645 for the members of Japan’s imperial family.

This place has been giving inspirations of universal and timeless Japanese traditional/modern aesthetics to many architect in the world.

Why I said traditional/modern, because it always looks fresh and modern and beautiful even if it’s built few hundreds years ago.

I think it’s very special, we still can surprise with those old things across several generations.

Every single part of the design of them have reason and meaning.

Please visit there and have a look if you would like to know. It’s very interesting.

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Architecture Kyoto JapanArchitecture Kyoto JapanVisiting here requires joining a free guide walking tour.

It’s 1 hour in Japanese. They also prepare audio guides for several foreign languages.

The landscape of garden is also magnificent.

It’s like unexplored beautiful small village.

Architecture Kyoto JapanArchitecture Kyoto JapanArchitecture Kyoto JapanThe Good NEWS are they started to take application on the day!

Actually this is great!

Because before that, we need to apply at least before the day of visiting with our passport at the Imperial Household Agency’s office in Kyoto Imperial Park.

(However Katsura Imperial Villa is not located in Imperial Park.)


But it’s for small numbers so it often get booked out.

Usually we try to be the office around their opening time from 8:45 a.m. to get the reservation…but it’s not so crazy busy so please take it easy and take your time for enjoying your morning in Kyoto haha…one day we will post some recommendations for breakfast in Kyoto.

(Tours are held 6 times per day except on Monday)

I also recommend this way if you have time in advance.

HOW TO APPLY THE TOUR ON THE DAY

From around 11 a.m. they will distribute a numbered ticket at the reception in front of “Katsura Imperial Villa”.

Katsura Imperial Villa is located in west part of Kyoto city.

(Please take your Passport, it’s important.)


We can apply for ①13: 30 ②14: 30 ③15: 30 those 3 time on the day.
It’s only for 20 people per time.


The official website says that the reception will be closed as soon as it is full.

But from my experience, you may be available to get the ticket for one of the time even if you go there around 13:00.


If you have to wait for a while until starting time, I recommend to visit the famous rice cake shop/cafe close by the bridge around there.

I met a random Japanese elderly woman around my grandmother’s age when I was in the cafe.

She was also waiting for the tour and we chatted.

I heard a lot of good story from her life and she looked still enjoying her life so much.

I thought I will not meet her again so I didn’t mention I’m working at Gojo guesthouse.

After few months, I got a call for making a reservation from new customer.

Then this person had exactly same voice and tone as the elderly woman who I met at the cafe.

I asked her that had she ever been to Katsura Imperial Villa in last few months.

She seemed wondered and said yes…

It’s nice to try if you are spontaneous person who likes traveling like freely haha.

ACCESS:

The closest train station is Katsura station on Hankyu Kyoto Line.

Katsura Imperial Villa is 15 min. walk from the Katsura station.

You can take train from Kawaramachi station which is located in Shijo Kwaramachi downtown area.

LINK:

[Official English information by Imperial Household Agency]

http://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/english/guide/katsura.html

[English information by japan-guide.com]
(Their website is necessary for traveling in Japan.)


http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3914.html

Gojo staff
Kaji
http://gojo-guest-house.com/

 
March 28, 2017

Where to go in Kyoto during cherry blossom in 2017(Sakura)?

Are you ready for going out on a picnic under cherry blossom?

Well, I am ready, but…..the cherry trees in Kyoto are not yet……

This year, according to the weather report, the first bloom will be on 1st of April, and then full bloom will be around one week later.

So during 4/1~4/15 should be the best time for Sakura hunting in Kyoto.

 

Someyoshino sakura in Kyoto
 

 

Amount more then 400 shrines and 1500 temples in Kyoto, you can easily find a nicely bloom cherry inside the Japanese Garden.

And there are mountains of mountains of nice photos that you can find on the internet.

So I decided to give you some keywords for nice free spots to search , and some tips

 

-Within walk distance from Gojo Guest house/ Annex

  1. takasegawa sakuraKamo river side between Gojo and Shijo streets (THE BEST place for picnic)
  2. Maruyama Park (a huge cherry tree and a cherry forest that you can picnic under the trees/there are lights-up/food stands, so you can go even in the night, but sometimes too busy….I usually go there around 11pm)
  3. Takasegawa river (a nice walk to downtown under 4KM long cherry blossom, isn’t is nice?!)
 

 

 

 

 

-Bus/Train ride within 30mins from Gojo Guest house/ Annex
  1. Yawata -Sewaritei ,Yodo river side (only 28mins train ride you can arrive to this amazing place. My other GOOD selection for going out for picnic under cherry blossom. And it is interesting to observe how Japanese family/friends enjoy their wonderful afternoon here)
  2. Nanzenji temple/Keage area (even though there are beautiful sen garden in the temple, but just walkin the area, there are many cherry trees outside that is for free. over here, there are alliteratively less people)
  3. Heian Shrine/Garden (I love the color combination in Heian shrine: white sand/red pillars /green roof/and pink cherry blossom!!!
  4. Path of Philosophy (among the river, there are full of cherry trees……walk along the tiny river, and think about eggs comes first or chicken?!)
  5. Kyoto Imperial palace Park (Tips for Imperial palace park, bring your sandwiches and a small bottle of sake……and just ENJOY)
  6. Kamo river near by Demachiyanagi station (this is where Takanogawa river and Kamogawa river join together, wide river bank to go for picnic)
 

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(here is how Yawata -Sewaritei looks)

 

-Bus/Train ride more then  30mins from Gojo Guest house/ Annex
  1. Hirano jinjya Shrine(there are many different type of cherry that you can learn more about. (I saw one type with Green petal)
  2. Ryuanji temple ( the famous stone Garden with a weeping cherry from outside of the wall, very Zen!!!)
  3. Ninanji temple(The sakura is called Omurazakura,御室桜, if you arrive Kyoto around mid April,then you can come here to enjoy cherry blossom)
  4. Daikakuji (this temple is in Arashiyama area. If you are nearby and would like to avoid the crows, then here is a good choice!)
 

More photos

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(Ninnaji temple)

ninnaji temple-maiko(I met one Maiko at Ninnanji temple

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(Picnic at Yawata -Sewaritei with Gojo staffs)

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(Here is Kam river bank)

 

 

 

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(This is Akashitarezakura cherry)

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(The temple at Yawata)

Here are all the blablabla……about cherry blossom in Kyoto……can’t wait for another week~~

Sakura forecast link
Gojo staff
Nelly
http://gojo-guest-house.com/
 

 
March 23, 2017

A Day Trip For Cherry Blossoms

Getting close to the cherry blossoms season in Spring!
But it’s still cold like Winter here in Kyoto!
Spring is always come and leave unnoticed…

Cherry blossoms blooming is one of the highlights in our life of a year for Japanese people.
We always try to enjoy them as much as we can in the short blooming season.
I prefer watch them from bit far distance and also when it’s leaving.
Let’s talk about how you would like to watch them when you are here haha.

There are so many places to enjoy watching them especially in Kyoto city.
However I’m kind of picky so I would like to recommend this place for a day trip from Kyoto.
Haha, please take it easy. It’s not so weired… I still remember one of our guest asked me for recommendation he would like to do most weired thing in Kyoto but he already had a huge staffed bird sculpture on his left shoulder and he already had been to birds cafe with it in Kyoto.
Finally I couldn’t give any better weired recommendation in Kyoto to satisfy him… Sometimes I thought about him… You can find his photo in the gallery page on our website:-)

Anyway! About cherry blossoms place.

The place called Yoshino mountain, Yoshinoyama, 吉野山, in Nara prefecture next of Kyoto prefecture.

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Reach the bottom by old creepy cable car



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Walking to the main part



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Late in the season but still could see this scene



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Many restaurants and street foods



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Bit touristic price but very nice



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And of course very nice view



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Love the detail of structure



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Lion dog



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Lovely pattern of rocks



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Not sure this flashy one is also cherry blossom



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Lovely hut with thatched roof



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Into the pink bushes



Please google “yoshino cherry blossom”, it’s very easy to find their information.

Have a nice trip everyone!

Access:

[Direction from Kyoto by train]
Take Kintetsu Line from Kyoto Station to Kashiharajingu Mae Station, then transfer to Yoshino Station
(About 1 hour 40 minutes by express in total)

Link:

[Official English information by Mt. Yoshino Tourist Association]
http://www.yoshinoyama-sakura.jp/english/index.htm

[English information by japan-guide.com]
(I love and respect their website! It’s always help our traveling in Japan.)
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4152.html

Gojo staff
Kaji
http://gojo-guest-house.com/

 
March 16, 2017

Beauty of the winter and waiting for spring

Hello Everyone: )

How are you doing?
This is Keita.

We had several times of snow in this year, and it is slowly getting warmer now in Kyoto.
ようやく暖かくなったり、またまた寒くなったりと安定しない気候ですが、如何おすごしですか?風邪などはひかれてないでしょうか?
Kamo river in winter
 

Kamoriver with snow
 

We did a few activities for fun during winter time and I would love to share those things with you.
京都の雪は儚く綺麗で、すごく寒かったです。そのさむーい冬の間に行った楽しいことのいくつかを今回の投稿ではお知らせしますね。

 

We made a Gojo Guest House original map about “Our Good Neighborhood”.
まずはわたくしども、五条ゲストハウスのオリジナルマップ!作りました。

Our new map named "Our Good Neighborhood" designed by SKKY

Our new map named “Our Good Neighborhood” designed by SKKY



It is all about our recommendations for shops and restaurants around the guest house. I think you know we are good for recommendations, right?

There are good coffee stands, cafe, Izakaya, restaurants, public baths, shops, and even some tips to enjoy the area with explanation in English and Japanese on the map. We hope you’ll grab the local guide map and explore the alternative Gojo area.

You can get the map at receptions of Gojo Guest House and Gojo Guesthouse ANNEX. (After reading it, we are so happy if you’ll give the map to your friend who plans to visit Kyoto )

こちら我々のおすすめ五条エリアの情報が偏った感じで載っています。自分たちがよく行くお店や場所しかのせてないので、一般的な観光ガイドとはほど遠いセレクションですが、その分面白いものが出来たのではないかと自負しております。すてきなデザインはiTohenのSKKYさん。

五条ゲストハウスと五条ゲストハウス別館の受付にて配布しておりますので、興味がありましたらお声がけ下さい。地図を片手に辺りを散歩すれば、いつもとちょっと違うローカルな京都が楽しめると思います。

ちなみに僕のおすすめは本館なら市川屋珈琲で大福かフルーツサンドイッチに珈琲で腹ごしらえしたあと、河井寛次郎記念館を堪能、五条モール(定休日に注意)を覗きつつ、サウナの梅湯でさっぱりと汗を流し、午後から営業している煮込み屋六軒でほろ酔い、エフィッシュで鴨川を眺めながら珈琲で酔い冷ましのコース。別館ならば、アラビカのラテで目を冷まし、ゆたか屋でおばんざいのお昼ごはん、あじき路地や裏具を覗いた後、建仁寺のお庭に癒され、帰り道で八百屋さん”五馬”(4時頃閉店)とハッピー六原によって食材を購入→別館の広いキッチンで自炊。夜にみきやで飲んで、大黒湯の熱いお湯でさっぱりとするコースでしょうか。全て地図にのっているお店です。

 

 

At Gojo Guesthouse ANNEX, we have a new garden!

別館のお庭が変わりました!

Japanese style garden at ANNEX



We went to forest to pick the moss on February with my friend Mr. Kobayashi who is a gardener. The garden is his first work after independent form his master. We love the garden and the moss which is so soft. Hope you’ll like it too!

2月の寒い日に友人で庭師、達造園の小林さんと皆で苔を山へ採りに行くところからはじめたのですが、予想を上回る素晴らしい出来栄えになりました。早く暖かい日差しを浴びながらお茶を手に庭を眺めたいものです。上手く育てば春にはドウダンツツジに新芽が出て、夏には涼し気な葉が茂り、秋には紅葉するお庭、根本にはふわふわした手触りの様々な種類の苔がゲストを楽しませてくれると思います。

 

Looking forward to having its leaves on spring

In spring it has fresh leaves, in summer with green leaves, and it turns red in autumn



I’m looking forward to having spring and seeing you here!!

Have a good day and good trip: )

 
February 21, 2017

Introduce myself.

Hi everyone,
How ya goin’?
How was your day?

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I’m Takuma from Osaka, just call me Taku.
I am a new staff having worked in Gojo guesthouse since July last year.
I’ve just found a new house in Kyoto and recently I often go out in Kyoto.
So I would like to tell you my recommendations.

 

One is a bottle shop called Matsukawa sake ten
I like the old atmosphere and people and style of drinking in the bottle shop.

you drink with standing and need to find a tray and glass and take foods and drinks you want from a fridge

and put them on your tray and meet and talk with local people.

when you wanna check the bill, call the old lady and she will calculate for you with an old soroban(abacus)

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Second one is a Betayaki restaurant called Masa.

Betayaki is one of traditional foods in Kyoto. Okonomiyaki and Hiroshimayaki is originally come from Betayaki. The restaurant is small and cosy and quite old.A guy run the restaurant. He has strong passion for Betayaki.
He wants you to eat betayaki in a traditional way and want you to know it.
So I eat betayaki with a kote(spatula) not chopstick.

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Third one is just chilling out by the river called Kamogawa in the central.
For me, drinking and taking a nap by the river (or walking, cycling) are nice things to do.
If you go north along the river, you will see many nature scenery.
One day, I went to cycle to the north of the river with my friends, and was swimming

in the river and then we saw a huge natural monster called Oosansyouuo

(giannt salamander)which is one of Japanese natural monument.

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Forth one is going to small towns and villages in low season.
I went to a peaceful village called Ohara in Kyoto .
I found a silent water fall and beautiful wooden temple with no paint.
And I took a nap next to a field around greens with nice view.
I had just chill time and peaceful time.
It is imortant to me.

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Thank you for reading my first writing the blog.
When you see a staff who has Australian accent in Gojo, It’s me haha
Just come and see me.
See you later mate!!

Taku

http://gojo-guest-house.com

 

 
January 28, 2017

Toka Ebisu Festival

The first major festival of the new year, Toka Ebisu, was held at Kyoto Ebisu Shrine over a five-day period from January 8th to the 12th.

The enshrined god, Ebisu, is one of the Seven Lucky gods and considered the god of fishermen and commerce, so the festival is based around Ebisu’s birthday on the 10th, hence the name Toka(“Tenth Day”) Ebisu.

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All of our staff and a couple of guests went to this festival together.
Along the street, there were so many tempting food stalls!!!!
But we went to say hi to Ebisu god first.

15895138_1281487571890421_693459458777416672_nIn front of a small altar a shrine maiden performs sacred kagura dances to bless branches of leafy green bamboo(hukuzasa) for parishioners to receive and other maidens were quitebusy helping people select which lucky symboles they want to attach to the stalk.

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We bought 2 green bamboos with some lucky symboles one for Main guest house and another for Annex.
After that, we drunk a round of hot sake at an outdoor stand which made us super warm and feel happy 🙂

 

There were so many local people in this festival and it was lively!
I felt how important this festival is to start new year.
So I’m sure it will be great year like every year!

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January 07, 2017

Happy New Year 2017

Happy new year!! it is already 2017 so in this situation I should write about newyear resolution but I want to looking back on 2016 because we had a big changes in last year.

In June and July 2 of our staff left at gojo guest house they had worked for about 3years with us. They have good characters and were loved by lots of guests and other staff. It was very very sad time and I feel lost. always feel so sad we have to say good bye to our staff. however it is time to new beginning and new meeting. 

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And after that we have 2 new young staffs they are doing very well and seem to be enjoying working here. Already they understand our style and know what to do because of other staff they showed how do we do. This is how we have been here for 14yaears. We have changed our ways of doing so much, so we have been able to stay here without change.

In 2017 we will have lots of small changes we hope you will enjoy that. We are looking forward to seeing you at Gojo Guest House.

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Ciao

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