Sep 302013

Thanks a lot to all of you, who have stayed during the journey of Japan and for sharing various of stories and travelling experiences at the Kanalian. these moments are one of the great pleasures that you never know who you’ll meet and what you’ll learn on the journey. The great thing is that Kanalian has started to be known by word of mouth from our guests. Arigatou !

The guests Chris and Keren travelled around Asia for 8 month. Here is a beautiful video diary of their adventures.

Nov 242012

Saturday 1st December “Live music at the Kanalian”


Door open 7pm Concert starts 7:30pm


Entrance fee 2,000yen (include 1 drink and curry & rise)


 Come join us for a night of soulful live music !


The musician Pakpoe, is a 2nd generation Korean born in Japan and he will be singing Japanese, & Korean & English songs, as well as playing the guitar, piano and harmonica.

His soothing songs include 『あるがままに』which translates as 『Be true to your self』, a song expressing the sentimental feelings.

His songs advocate peace for the world, and are influenced by Japanese, and Korean and Okinawan folk songs as well as early American rock in a style of Bob Dylan.

Grab this chance to immerse yourself in relaxing music with your friends and interact with Pakpoe.


カナリアン パクポー ライブ 


12月1日(土)開場19時 開演19時半 会費2,000円


Aug 172012

Travel Japan by Train ? by Bus ? Try Hitchhiking !


Santa Hitch-hiked over 6,000km around Japan. We interviewed her at Kanalian after her trip.

Interviwer Shaun

Why did you decide to hitchhike in Japan? Is hitchhiking just a way to get from one place to another?
Of course not. It’s a lot more than that. I never go sightseeing, and the most important thing is to talk with local people and stay with them. I wanted to see people’s regular day; what they do when they get up, and so on.Hitchhiking is the best way to do accomplish that. On the first day my friend in Tokyo took me to a highway service area, and I stood just outside the area and put my thumb out. I was nervous and expected to be there for hours, but it was maybe three minutes.

How much Japanese did you speak before you started your trip?
I understood the questions people asked, but I couldn’t put a sentence together.
But, I spoke for many hours every day and used my Japanese a lot. So now I can talk for hours non-stop. I talk too much.

Where did you hitchhike to?
I started in Tokyo and went to Soya Misaki, Hokkaido, the northernmost part of Japan. Then from Wakkanai I went to Kagoshima the southernmost of Kyushu, and from Kagoshima back to Tokyo.

How is Hitchhiking in Japan ?
Japan is the best country for hitchhiking in the world.
People are willing to help. They want to create a good impression of Japan and Japanese people for you. Even the Japanese police are very nice. And I think in Japan it’s much safer. Here people usually pick you up not because they want you to entertain them or something else, but because they’re worried about you.

How long did your trip take?
About one and a half months. I started at 6 or 7 in the morning, and I was at my destination at 12 or 1.

How many people picked you up?
About 200.  I didn’t have many long rides, except if I was lucky enough to find one in a highway service area that was going to my destination for the day.

So how do you find someone who’s going to your destination?
It’s very easy, because every car’s number plate shows the prefecture where the person lives. So I looked at the number plates and find one with the prefecture I want to go, and wait for them to come to the car. When Japanese people see a single backpacker waiting, they will go to the person on their own and ask where they’re going and offer a ride.

So if you come back to Japan again, will you hitchhike again?
I think I’ve already seen a lot of Japan, so if I hitchhike it would be the same roads again. Next time, I will walk.

Dec 162011

『 FRYING DUTCHMAN /フライングダッチマン』 の Human Error(ヒューマンエラー)という曲は、日本の電力の構図と、今後のエネルギーシフトをダイレクトに物語り、福島第一原発事故から今まで言えなかった実際の声を集約したソウルフルな叫び! 1曲 /17分の大作。


FRYING DUTCHMAN http://fryingdutchman.jp/

Dec 052011

Pakpoe Live 朴保ライブ『Talking Together ~私たちはどこへ?』

12月10日(土)開場19時 ・ 開演19時30分

会場 ゲストハウス・カナリアン 会費 2,000円(1ドリンクとカレー付き)

この曲は『夜を駆けて』(主演 山本太郎)の音楽を担当された主題歌『いつの日にかきっと』

Pakpoe 朴保(パクポー)さんのライブ『一緒に話そう〜Talking Together 』を12月10日(土)の夜7時半からカナリアンで行います。




みなさんぜひ『朴保ライブ』&『Talking Together~私たちはどこへ?』へお越しください。

Nov 042011


11月5日(土)午後3時/夜7時、6日(日)午後3時 KAAT 神奈川芸術劇場にて公演




『 Grief of Euridice 』by Ensemble Genesis

Baroque and contemporary music unified together with dance and visual performed as a play; an Opera written by Ovidius, this is the story of Metamorphoses.

When I went to the  Ensemble Genesis concert in 2010 it was like a merry-go-round of nostalgia, emotional, and sentimental feelings through the music.

The music is like passing people at an intersection in which every moment you forget and remember at the same time.

Thanasis, from Greece, who stayed last year at Kanalian, wrote part of this music. I was glad to see it again this weekend at the Yokohama KAAT Theater !

5th(sat) Nov, start from 15:00 & 19:00 ( open 30minute before)

6th(sun) Nov start 15:00 (open 30minute before) / total 80minutes

Ticket advance 3,500yen, at door 3,800yen, student 3,000yen

KAAT Theater  / 281 Yamashitachou Nakaku Yokohama / Tel  045-633-6500

(5minutes walk from Nihon Odouri stn Minato Mirai line / http://www.kaat.jp/)