So Happy New Year everyone! Ever wonder what the Japanese do for Christmas? Well, not much actually. They usually order a Strawberry Christmas Cake and eat Fried chicken. Christmas is more for couples and lovers than it is for families and friends.
But New Years or Oshogatsu is for family, and they go big.
Tetsuya had to work everyday till December 30, so we took the night bus down to Tokyo. The night bus is an 8 hour drive in a partially reclined seat. We left at 9 am and got to Tokyo at 6am. Took a dip in the onsen then got on a bus to Nagano. Too much travel.
We heated up an electric griddle, slapped on the beef and veggies and had a side of wine.
Though traditionally the Japanese visit a shrine at midnight and then take a dip in an onsen. We traveled to the shrine to get some non alcoholic fermented rice tea but we were so tired and over fed that is all we did.
January 1, we woke up bright and early! No really, I think the sun is brighter in Nagano then it is in Kamishi, than it was time to feast again! Tetsuya’s mom likes to cook….. a lot…. In fact it might be an understatement.
Though everything is always tasty.
Dinner we had a change of pace. It’s a family tradition to have pizza on New Years, why? Because the downstairs of their house is rented to a pizza place. Isn’t that cool!??? They have a pizzaria as a rentor!
The next day we went to see Tetsuya’s oldest sister dance. She is a world class ballroom dancer and she teaches when she isn’t competing.
Then we went back to Tokyo- we travel too much. But then we never leave Kamaishi. We stayed at a business hotel- which means you pay person- instead of per room. But it has an amazing ONSEN! We went everytime we could….. maybe too much. Nope, you can never go too much!
In Tokyo we enjoyed our favorite hedonistic adventures!
Walks in the park-
it was a warm 50 F there!
Though I have to say the Thai food we had was disappointing.
But the Korean was amazing!!! I also picked up some reading material.
Now we are back in Kamishi, ready to start the New Year right!
Ohh yea! We made our own wedding rings too. =)
They are wax, we carve them and make the mold.
Then the jeweler will make the ring, we should get them in the next few months.