A Happy New Year! 明けましておめでとうございます

(Mishima Shrine in Uchiko, Ehime, Japan)

A Happy New Year to you all!

I am sorry for my late new year's greeting.

I am back on Maui. I left Japan on 7th and came back to Maui on 7th. I had to go to work the next day, and it was physically a little difficult due to the jet lag. But I did it! (Kids were cute as usual!)

Here are some photos from the New Year's day 2009 in Japan.




This is the gate of the Mishima Shrine. When I was a baby, my parents took me to this shrine for Omiyamairi. It is a traditional Shinto rite of passage in Japan for newborns. Please click here for more information. (Dad, if you have photos of me at that time, please scan and e-mail them to me if you can.) Once awhile, I visit this shrine and thank the god enshrined there, "Look, I am this big now. Thank you for watching over me." Then, the god responded back to me saying, "Oh yes, you are grown up. Glad to see you back. I'll watch over you this year as I have done for the past years, so walk steadily your path."

(Japanese) 三島神社の門。私は赤ちゃんの頃、ここ三島神社にお宮参りに連れてきてもらいました。(お父さん、もしそのときの写真があったら今度スキャンして送ってください。)時々こうして訪れては「ここまで大きくなりました。見守ってくださってありがとうございます。」と挨拶しています。三島神社に奉られている神さまに「おぉ、大きくなったねぇ!よく帰ってきた。ほら、今年も面倒みちゃるから、しっかり歩いていきなさいよ。」と言ってもらったような気がしつつ。

We went to my grandma's house on New Year's day. It was nice to see her again after a year and half! This is a photo of yummy, yummy food prepared by my aunt Jyunko and my grandma Kayako.

(Japanese) お正月には内子にある祖母の家に行きました。久しぶりに祖母に会えて嬉しかったです。この写真は純子伯母とカヤ子おばあちゃんによって用意されたおいしいおご馳走たち。

My uncle Yoshihisa roasting shrimps on a Shichirin. (Do you want to know what Shchirin is? Click here.) He is watching and watching.

(Japanese) えびを七輪の上で焼く良久伯父(私の父の兄)。ちゃんと見てくれています。

We flew a kite, too. It was fun although it was cold outside. (It snowed a little bit that day.) This is uncle Yoshihisa enjoying himself as if he is a little boy :-)

(Japanese) みんなで凧あげもしましたよ。少し雪が降ったので寒かったですけど楽しかったです。またまた良久伯父の登場。「童心に返り凧あげを楽しむ伯父」の図。すてきでしょ?

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