Happy New Year

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Last year, God was so good to me. My grandson EIji was born big and healthy! I successfully underwent surgery for a problem I had struggled with for 3 years! I am thankful that I am well now! It was a very good year.

Kuri KInton (Chestnuts in Sweet Potato)

Kuri Kinton (Chestnuts in Sweet Potato) made from our own chestnuts!

Sweet Black Beans

Sweet Black Beans Each person eats his age in beans! I have to eat 65!!??

Nishime Vegetables simmered in soy sauce

Nishime Vegetables simmered in soy sauce

We celebrated New Years with the traditional foods, arranging them in the tiered lacquer box on New Years Eve so we don’t have to cook for a couple days, supposedly!

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I was very happy that Natchan visited on New Years eve to share toshikoshi soba…noodles eaten on December 31st for good luck in the new year. We enjoyed talking and eating the sushi HIroo made! They are teetotalers but I enjoyed a little Sauvignon Blanc.

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Eating lucky noodles with Natchan on New Years’ Eve

Hiroo made nigiri sushi

Hiroo made nigiri sushi

Each dish in the above assortment has significance. Rolled kobu seaweed stands for joy (yorokobu). Black beans (kuro mame)cooked with sugar and a bit of soy sauce mean that we will stay “mame” (active ) even as we grow older. My online dictionary tells me that mame means someone who attempts many things without minding the troublesome tasks involved.

Who won??

Who won??

We spent the holiday playing Scrabble, reading or, in Hiroo’s case, writing calligraphy with ink and brush. Usually people in Japan write their motto for the new year on large posters  called kakizome. Later these are burnt up at a special Tondo festival. It’s said if the ashes swirl up high in the sky, you will become skillful at calligraphy.

Hiroo practices his calligraphy

Hiroo practices his calligraphy

What words would you write as your wish for the New Year?

On New Years day we get up and have Ozoni,a hot soup with a sticky rice cake called mochi. Hiroo usually makes this. We greet each other formally by saying “Akemashite omedeto.” (Happy new year) and “Kotoshi mo yoroshiku onegaishimasu. (Please think kindly of me and support me this year too!)

Hiroo enjoys ozoni on January first!

Hiroo enjoys ozoni on January first!

We woke up to lots of snow on January first. It’s a good thing we are stocked upon groceries as we won’t be able to drive for several days.  Even though the snow isn’t so deep,the roads freeze over and are so slippery! We’ll stay home and enjoy each other’s company and some good books!

Snowed in

Snowed in

I’m sure  you have many wishes and goals for the New Year! I hope they come to fruition and that 2015 will be a very good year for you!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. beckynielsen
    Jan 01, 2015 @ 01:42:51

    happy new year, Lia and Hiroo! It looks like you are off to a grand start! The local Japanese community is offering a session of learning kakizome here on Saturday, and I hope I’ll be able to go. it sounds like a nice way to begin the year.


  2. leahmama1
    Jan 01, 2015 @ 01:45:51

    Becky! Happy New Year! You should definitely do that! What an opportunity! If you go, I’d like to hear about it!!


  3. keiko
    Jan 02, 2015 @ 08:09:51



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