January 3, 2012

Some Miscellaneous Photos/雑多な写真

Some miscellaneous photos

Kakurei Junmai Ginjo made by Aoki Shuzo (Sake Brewery):

Tempura soba that I had on New Year's Eve:
My wife and children stayed at her father's house for the New Year's holiday season. I was in no mood for making "toshikoshi soba" for myself, so I had this cup of tempura soba.
Newspaper on January 1:
Newspaper in six parts, together with a large amount of fliers.

Goraikou (rising sun (viewed on New Year's day)):
It's a very popular activity to go to a beach or mountain to see goraikou.

But I was too busy and lazy to do so. I took this photo from my house.
I visited the local shrine.
I then walked to the supermarket to buy these, among others:
Third-category beer, "Kakurei" sake in a glass, and mebachi maguro akami (lean part of bigeye tuna).

Of course, I had these self-made osechi:
My brother-in-law kindly gave me this bottle of "Kakurei" sake!
Kakurei Hon-jozo, to be exact.
My sister-in-law gave me this assortment of osechi:
The kobu (kombu) maki contains salmon.

I'm on a diet, so I had mochi-less ozoni.


okasan said...

Watching sunrise via TV is my way especially when it is cold and snowy outside. Thanks for sharing your お正月ritual with us.People all over the world celebrate this event differently. The sake from your brother in law looks like a nice one. The liquor store here now carries some fancy 日本酒.I recently bought a bottle that come with a jacket like yours. It was indeed very smooth.
The Japanese school where I attend will have our own お正月celebration. There will be all sorts of traditional games, food and activities. I will be in charge of 書道 or 書き初め the first words for the new year.

muskratbyte said...

Was that a kagami mochi near your television? My grandmother (from Hokkaido) used to display kagami mochi for New Year. Omedetou Gozaimasu!

Fräulein Trude said...

You recieved nice presents from your male relatives and the food looked good too.
Living in a great plain I would like to watch sunrise over mountains more often. So pretty with the snow.

Hiroyuki said...

okasan: I really enjoyed お正月 all by myself. If I had accompanied my family, I would have gained 2-3 kg.

So, you are good at 書道? I'd like to see your work! (laugh)

muskratbyte: Yes, a kagami mochi that my wife bought at the 100-yen shop! I placed a yuzu on top of it for lack of a daidai (a type of citrus fruit).

Kiki: I'd like to discuss what it means to live with snow in the near future!

Minasan, akemashite omedetou gozaimasu!
Happy New Year to all of you!

Fräulein Trude said...

I like snow the most while watching it on pictures or television or from a very far distance. I don't need it here. Last year I had to move tons with the snow shovel - at 5:30 in the morning, each and every day for nearly two month. Keep it.

Hiroyuki said...

Kiki: Actually, I've been thinking about posting some photos and videos to show what it means to live in the Snow Country.

Sissi said...

Very interesting photos! You have a beautiful view from your house. I don't live in the snowy and colder part of Switzerland, but I also see mountains from my window (they are further than yours).

Hiroyuki said...

Sissi: The photo shows Mt. Makihata, one of the 100 famous mountains in Japan.
Yes, it's a beautiful mountain.