Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

Today is the last day of the year. I don't have any major plans. We'll go over to a our neighbor's house after dinner. They have kids the same age as ours so the kids can play and the grown-ups can drink play.

New Year's day was never anything special, until I got married. My husband is from Japan. In Japan New Year's a major holiday. And not just for drinking! Companies close down for up to 2 weeks. People travel to visit their relatives. Families gather and spend a few days together. Yes, you read that right, a few days. They prepare special New Year's dishes the day before so that they don't have to do much cooking during those days of celebration.

Since we're not in Japan, my husband's company doesn't close down for a few weeks. And it's not possible for us to spend every New Year's with his family. But we can still enjoy those traditional New Year's dishes. So today my husband is cooking. He will be cooking most of the day. And tomorrow we will be eating. We will be eating most of the day.

Happy New Year!


Michelle said...

Oooo, you just answered a question I had. I stopped at Mitsuwa on my way home from the airport (and was CRUSHED that all the sushi was gone!) and it was busy and open. I was wondering why and if it was more like the Chinese New Year. Now I know and I'm just confused about them being open ;)

Happy New Year!

Mama Zen said...

No fair! How did I miss out on the husband cooking tradition?

Happy New Year!

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girlytwins said...

Sounds yummy even if it only gets to be celebrated on one day. Happy New Year!