There are only two days left this year. My family is as busy preparing for the New Year as everyone else. My wife is mainly busy …
This is “Shimekazari” In Japan, New Year is called “oshougatsu”, and the very first day of the year is called “gantan”. New Year’s Day is a very important day for Japanese people. We have many events and customs to celebrate New Year’s Day. “Shimekazari” is decoration of sacred rice-straw rope, and is placed across the top of entrance to a house during New Years holidays. It seems that it is better to decorate on the 28th, which means auspiciousness, and I did so.
This is “Matsukazari” the New Year’s decorative pine branches. It is placed on both sides of the front entrance of a houseduring New Year’s holidays. It symbolizes longevity,prosperity and purity.
Konatsu will never know what the New Year is. But do you feel that we are somehow busy doing something? It may be understandable that meals that look more delicious than usual will be lined up on the table during the New Year holidays.
My wife is struggling to prepare Special New Year dishes…
There two poster dogs in the temple here, Monju in the foreground and Ashuku in the back. Both are names related to Buddhism, and Monju seems to symbolize the wisdom of the Buddha, and Ashuku says, “When a lot of people live, it gets frustrating, but don’t get angry, don’t get angry.”
Bunshu is a mongrel dog of miniature duck and chihuahua, but the dachshund seems to be more intense. He’s cute!
One of the pleasures of coming to Fujieda is to go to the soba restaurant “Kimura” near here.
The type of buckwheat flour changes every time I come, and it’s fun to taste it.
I went to Shizuoka because the general meeting of my alma mater / baseball club supporters’ association was held for the first time in two years. I was looking forward to Shizuoka because I only have the opportunity to visit a grave.
Take the Tokaido Line from Ofuna and transfer to the Shinkansen at Odawara. It’s about 2 hours from home.
Mt. Fuji seen on the way. Before I knew it, the snow was running low.
My wife and I went to Hakone with a couple of friends in my neighborhood, asking “Would you like to go?” It’s a little over an hour from home to Hakone, so a short trip is appropriate. Of course, with Konatsu
We left before noon, so we had lunch at a soba restaurant in Chigasaki on the way.
The soba here is very delicious. This trip is a trip for four people who love to eat, so the focus is on eating from the beginning to the end.
箱根に到着！ 宿泊は東急ハーベスト、到着後は部屋で少しだけ仕事して夕飯の時間を待ちます。今回楽しみにしていたのは、ここからすぐ近くの中華料理店「太原(たいげん)」での夕食。 Arrived in Hakone! The inn is Tokyu Harvest Club, and after arriving, I will work a little in the room and wait for dinner. What we were looking forward to this time was dinner at the Chinese restaurant “Taigen”, which is very close to here.
Surprisingly, Konatsu wasn’t scared by either Michael or his owner. So Konatsu was able to stay with Michael for a while. When the owner gives Konatsu some treats, she smells but doesn’t try to eat. When the owner gave it to my wife, Konatsu ate it from my wife’s hand and was praised by the owner as “Great!”.