Leap Year!

2020 is a leap year – Japanese called ‘Uruu-doshi’

Uruu means extra (but we don’t use this word anymore, it is very old style to say) and doshi means year, It is simply ‘Extra-year’

Please enjoy one extra day of this year!

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We display the Hina-doll at Liberty Cove House entrance hall

We display the Hina-doll at Liberty Cove House entrance hall.

This Hina-doll is for “Hina-matsuri (the Doll’s Festival)” which is held on March 3rd.
It’s also called “the Girl’s Festival” because it’s to wish for girl’s growth and happiness. It’s also known as “Momo no Sekku (the Peach Festival)”
People display a set of calls in beautiful ancient court costume of the Heian era on a tier of 5 or 7 shelves.
A set includes dairy-bina (the Emperor and Empress), three kanjo (court ladies), five court musicians, two ministers, and three servants.
It was believed that the dolls protected people from sickness or ill-fortune. Girls invite their friends and have shirozake (sweet, mild rice wine). hina-arare (sweet rice crackers), and hishimochi (diamond-shaped rice cakes)
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Japanese Valentine’s day

On Valentine’s Day, it’s common for Japanese women to give chocolates to men. Women are encouraged to express love to men by giving chocolates and other gifts. Chocolates are often given to male co-workers, bosses, friends, family members, and so on.

Men give various gifts to women on March 14 called White Day. It’s said that this tradition started as a marketing tool for chocolate companies in Japan.

Chocolates given to men whom women don’t feel special love are called “giri (obligation)-choco (chocolate)” in Japan. Chocolate given to co-workers and bosses are usually considered giri-choco.

Women tend to give special gifts with chocolates to those men whom they love. Chocolates given to a special man from a woman is called “honmei (prospective winner)-choco.

In recent years, many Japanese young women exchange chocolate gifts with their female friends. These chocolates are called “tomo (friend) choco.”

Grocery stores, department stores, and convenience stores around the country sell many different kinds of domestic and imported chocolates. It’s said that more than half of the chocolates sold in a year is sold around Valentine’s Day in Japan.

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Liberty Cove House – Kitchen

We have a wide variety of kitchen layouts.

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If you have an experience living in Japan before, you could see big deference. Our apartment kitchen has bigger space and some of our apartment have dishwasher and oven as well.

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We provide English translated user guide for each apartment. If you have problem to use appliance, our concierge guide you anytime.

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Concierge service at Liberty Cove House

Our concierge is available to accommodate tenants 24/7 with any needs. The desk opens between 5 am and 11pm everyday. Even if you need any assistant after open desk hours, you can buzz at the office door or call from your apartment.

We support your life in Japan!

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Roof Top Garden and community room

Roof Top Garden and community room are for all Liberty Cove House Tenants. – BBQ party, Watching sport games, Birthday parties, craft clubs and more!!

If you would like to reserve them, please come to the Liberty Cove House concierge desk. It is complementary.

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Liberty Cove Staff 8

Name : 

Yoshie Motoyama

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Position : 

Customer Relations Officer

Profile: 

  • Living in North America over 10 years.
  • 12 years in managerial positions.
  • Worked in international sales marketing dealing with North American, Asian and European companies.
  • Worked at a 5-star resort hotel in the Maldives
  • Worked for a lighting fixture company coordinating large events for clients during the Winter and Summer Olympics.

Hobby:

  • I was a scuba dive instructor working in the Pacific Northwest and also in Asia. Although I do not teach anymore I still enjoy recreational diving.
  • I love to watch movies – especially documentary films
  • I love walking with my son

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Things I am into lately:

I got an instant pot and a ukulele for Christmas and both have occupied some of my free time. I love learning new recipes to make for my family and I am teaching myself how to play a new instrument. I hope that one day my son and I can play and sing together.

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Message to our customers:

Liberty Cove House was established in November 2013 and is now in its 6th year of operation. We have been able to successfully accommodate many people throughout these years. I would like to thank all of our current and past customers for choosing Liberty Cove House. Exceeding your expectations will be my constant mission. If there is anything I or our staff can do to make your stay more comfortable please to not hesitate in asking. I will do my best to meet your needs!

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Liberty House Yokosuka Staff 7

Name : 

Takashi Fuchito

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Position : 

Liberty Cove House Concierge

Profile: 

I lived in New York from 1977 until 1981 and traveled 40 countries during this period.

Since then, for 30 years I have been visiting N.Y a few times every year.

If you like travels, I can tell you a lot of stories about abroad

Hobby:

Also one of my hobby is fishing, I can introduce to you some nice fishing spots.

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Things I am into lately:

My hobby isheel chair riding  I need more Speed.

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Message to our customers:

I hope you can have a pleasant stay at Liberty Cove House and if my experience helps, it would be my big pleasure.

 

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Liberty Cove House Staff 6

Name : 

Kazuo Nomura

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Position : 

Liberty Cove House Concierge

Profile: 

I’ve joined here after forty years carrier as Mechnical &Electrical engineering business.

I have a dog who is fifth dog since I married. She is Frenchie named Amore meaning of love.

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Hobby:

I like to see old houses and castles. Especially I like to see old wooden school buildings and to take pictures.

Taking a walk is another pass time:

Oh, someday I’d like to walk “Santiago de Compostela” in Spain.    At least once a week I walk through “Hanano Kuni Park” to Sea Side Spa in Kurihama. It’s nice to get spa after walking exercise. There are several spa along the Miura peninsula, if you stay with us please try them.

Another kind of hobbies are investing stock market of Japan.

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Things I am into for long time:

 Books is long time my friend. Reading mystery of paper back it was and still is my one of ways to study English.  Among of them, Michel Connelly I like the best.

What about movies?

In this Thanksgivings and Christmas season I never miss to see “Scent of woman” of Al Pacino.

 If you say what is your best movie ? My answer is ” Smoke” of Harvey Keitel. If you have not seen them, please try.

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Message to our customers:

 Next time I’d like to present you Japanese old castles of Samurai ages.  Still they are there as National treasures.

 

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Liberty Cove House Staff 5

Name : 

Shoji Kashiwazaki

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Position : 

Liberty Cove House Concierge

Profile: 

In the past, mostly dedicated to marketing works in foreign companies and made frequent visits to Boston, Baltimore and Amsterdam for business meetings.

 Now living in Higashitotsuka of Yokohama City where many modern facilities surrounding Railway Station, such as 2 fitness clubs, department store , supermarket and high rise apartments with many kinds of trees which have beautiful flowers in respective season.

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Hobby:

Used be climbing mountains and covered a lot of peaks of mountains located in Northern Island of Japan, “Hokkaido“ but after thigh born fracture several years ago, I am entirely enjoining to read Literatures of Ocean & Adventures.

Things I am into lately:

 Besides continuing the activities of “ End of Life planning” , getting engrossed in reading one of the famous literature of Ocean Adventure , “ Hornblower Series” written by English Author , Cecil Scott Forester.

Message to our customers:

 By having experiences as Concierge of Liberty Cove Hour for 1.5 years, Keeping in mind to respond to individual customers’ needs as much as possible together with daily routine works and to take every incidence & problems giving us opportunities to learn the solutions we never knew, so that we can give our customers better service.

 

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