Happy New Year
Hope everyone’s New Year is off to a good start. Mine has been mixed so far. I’m trying to pull myself from the lethargy of the holidays so that I can actually get some work done.
As for the holiday itself, it was very nice. This was my second New Year holiday spent with my in-laws in
The whole event is made even more pleasant by the fact that Japanese homes do not have central heating, which is actually a moot point as often the windows and doors are left open for cleaning and circulating “good air”. In other words, it’s as cold inside as it is outside
Anyway, after the madness it is very wonderful to leave a clean house, as we move to the in-law’s house for the holidays. On New Year’s Eve it is a yearly tradition
Now, usually the new year in
At my in-law’s home New Year’s Day is opened with a large breakfast: white miso soup with mochi rice and the beginning of osechi おせち, which is a special assortment of dishes that have meanings significant for the New Year. We continue to eat osechi for the next few days, between bouts of lying about.
Later in the afternoon on the first day of the New Year we all dressed up