Wow. Three months went by fast...again.
I hope you have been doing well. I hope you had an awesome holiday season and an exciting but not tiring New Year!
Too much has happened in the last three month so today I will focus in on Christmas and my New Year's holiday....
I use to love watching a Charlie Brown Christmas or How the Grinch Stole Christmas on TV when I was a kid in the USA but this year in Japan guess what was on TV!
Although only about 1% of Japanese claim to be Christians, Christmas is none the less one of the most popular foreign holidaysin Japan with cakes and teeny tiny Christmas trees.
(Christmas is not a national holiday in Japan.)
Winter vacation usually starts from the 29th and goes on till about the 4th. (It is a bit longer for students though.)
I took a pretty long holiday.
The 23rd to today!
Here's what else I ate during the New Year holiday:
"Osechi" is a boxed meal that is filled with dishes that are made to last for a few days so that housewives don't have to be constantly cooking...we are supposed to let the kitchen rest... but you know how things are....it really doesn't end up that way!
The white bowls with the white round rice cakes on top are called "ozoni". This is a soup that you put the rice cakes in. Each region in Japan has their own flavors. Osaka is miso based. The city where my mother is from (Fukuoka) has a clear fish/seaweed broth and in Nagasaki (where my husband is from) it is made with a seaweed and chicken broth and has lots of vegetables in it...which is actually quite unique in Japan.
I still have not mastered the Nagasaki style...
Rice cakes also show up as decorations with little mikan (like tangerines) on top.
The above are the decorations my mom had.
The flowers must include"sho-chiku-bai":
Pine-Bamboo-Plum blossoms (or Japanese apricot)
It is hard to see all three but they are there!
Speaking of New Year decorations, 2012 is the year of the dragon and this is my dragon at home!
This year I have made a motto:
Keep it simple.
and my NewYear's resolution is:
Combining the two means lots more de-cluttering this year!
I can't believe no matter how much 2stuff" I throw away there's still tons more.
Today I threw away old yellowed cards and envelopes and organized the ones that I have like so:
I had so many categories that I couldn't find the right cards when I needed them the most....I'd just keep buying and buying....
(the postcard with the girl in the kimono is something I bought in Kyoto but I do not know who painted it....)
If anybody out there would like to trade postcards please let me know!
Also, if you have any questions about my de-cluttering experience please leave a comment. I will be posting more about my motto "keep it simple"soon!
Until then, I hope you have a wonderful January and a happy New Year!