What we think about Pongyi's 11th anniversary...


This is Masaki.


Due to the COVID-19, Pongyi's 11th anniversary this year (June 10th) was the quietest birthday ever since it opened.


I would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who sent us messages to the 11th anniversary.


Great East Japan earthquake, stop running of the Hokuriku Shinkansen due to a typhoon, hotel construction rush these days etc...

There were also many difficulties before the spread of the infection of the COVID-19.


However, this hurdle of the COVID-19 is the highest in the last 11 years.

Pongyi has been forced to close since April.


Despite being closed, receiving messages from many people, I really felt Pongyi was connected to the people all over the world even if I cannot actually meet.

I got the great power to "continue Pongyi" again.


In addition to being small and low price, Pongyi has donated to support children in Asia from the accommodation fee.

I (representative) also live by running Pongyi without doing a side job.


This is because the staff of Pongyi live a simple life like in a "temple" while living together.


I would like to thank the staff who have been involved in Pongyi with same thought, and also thank Nina who is doing her best now.


Besides the congratulatory messages, I received some warm offers like

" I will donate if you do crowdfunding !"

" I will lend money without interest and indefinitely !".


There was also a person who bought many Pongyi T-shirts to support us.


I am so grateful that I cannot put it into wourds.


Pongyi received the COVID-19 subsidy for the small business in Japan last month.

That helped us to live just a little bit easier.


Therefore, I replied to the people who offered me the finantial cooperation like this.

"If I cannot manage running Pongyi even if I try it myself with my best like doing a part time job or something, in that case, I would like to ask you."


We have to keep the social distance because of the COVID-19 now.


At a time like this, I would like to continue Pongyi  to cherish "compassion and sincerity for people."

The warm messages encouraged us.


I am going to hold  "Online Kanazawa tour" and "Online gathering."

I would like to inform you when they are ready.


Thank you for your continued support.

I am glad that I can continue to connect with everyone.



Guest House Pongyi

Representative   Masaki Yokokawa





Hello, this is Nina, the lady manager of Pongyi.


Thank you very much for your congratulatory messages on Facebook and Instagram, and for a wonderful gift.


I am filled with gratitude.


While Pongyi was closed, I could not have many opportunities to directly meet our guests and friends compared to before.

Therefore, to be honest, I was afraid Pongyi has been forgotten.


However, I got the messages from many people and realized that Pongyi was supported and loved by a lot of people.


3 years and 2 months have passed since I joined Pongyi.

I am still inexperienced, but I feel now is the time to do my best by taking over the "Pongyi spirit" that Masaki-san , Maru-san and Yuu-san cherished.


Tough times bring opportunity, value each and every guests.


Now, celebrating our 11th anniversary, I would like to work even harder and keep getting better so that Pongyi can be continued for a long time.


To all the people who have supported to Pongyi until now and to all the people who will connect with us from now,

I appreciate again for all your fantastic connections.


Thank you very much.



Guest House Pongyi

Lady manager   Nina Nishino








































































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代表 横川 雅喜(まさき)





































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Our town "Rokumai-machi" won't lose to corona ! 

This is Masaki.


Pongyi is located in a small town called "Rokumai-machi".

It is within 10 minutes' walk from Kanazawa station.


Yesterday, an article of  'Rokumai-machi neighborhood association ' was published in a local newspaper "Hokkoku Shimbun".

It was about an attempt that the association did for members during the Golden Week holidays.


The title of this article is "We won't lose to corona !"




I have been the town chairman of Rokumai-machi association for about 3 years.


Because of the aging of society, it was diffilut to find someone who could do that work.


That is why I accepted to become the town chairman.

People in the town always helped me.

I wanted to return the favor to our neighborhood association, even just a little bit.



Due to the spread of the coronavirus, no one can go outside even during the Golden Week holidays.


The future is uncertain.

Pongyi is also closed for a long term.


However, I was thinking about what I can do for other people.

I thought I should stay positive even in hard times.


Suddenly, an idea came to my mind.

" How about making a quiz about our town and giving it out to each family ?"


Other neighborhood association board members accepted my idea kindly, and I made a quiz (20 questions) with cooperation of 3 eldery people who knew about our town very well.





* We also made the "Answer" so that everyone can check the answer at the same time.


I gave them out to each familie in the beginning of the Golden Week holidays.


In Rokumai-machi, children play together and grandparents enjoy talking about their childhood.

Everone is very close here.


One family kindly offered us to give a precious box of masks as a present of the quiz.


We bought it by the council fee.

Later, we devided the masks into 13 families and gave them out as a "happy present".


One mask for one person... a small present.




These colorful hand made stamps on a card are made by some families with children.

Great job !



One person made a coloring picture of "Amabie" !

* Amabie is a Japanese folk monster. Its figure is half human, half fish.

   It is said that people will be protected from the epidemic by showing its picture to other people.


"Rokumai-machi quiz project" gradually become fulfuilled with connection of hearts.


For the first time, our attempt was just a small idea.

" If each family could solve the quiz, and get to know our town more and more..."


Now, thanks to the wonderful relationship among the town, it made unexpected developments.


I do love this heartful town !


People of this small town welcomed me when I opened Pongyi 10 years ago.



In my opinion, good relationship with local community and its residents is essential for who does the business in the area.


Especially now, I believe that it is important to considerate each other.


Pongyi is temporarily closed this time, so we have no income now.

The future is unpredictable, and we do not have enough savings.


However, Pongyi prefers to keep being positive, moving forward, than be negative.


I would like to keep walking together with the people in ' Rokumai-machi ' from now on too !