Sunday, January 02, 2011

A Happy New Year!

As most long-term readers of this blog know, I went through a lot of challenges in the past couple of years. In 2009, the challenges were mostly related to adjustment issues, and in 2010, they came from the combination of mom's surgery, dad's hypochondriasis and my work. It is just amazing that I survived all the turmoil. I guess you can survive most anything if you don't really care about "how well." LOL

To minimize mom's workload in the kitchen, we cooked only a few kinds of new year's food at home. More than half of the food packed in our tiered boxes for osechi feast was store-bought this year, but it actually did not ruin any festivity and made things a lot easier for all of us on the new year's eve. So I was happy.

You see the cute pink-and-white thing in the top photo? It is steamed fish cake called kamaboko in Japan, and I cut it that way to make it look festive. If you can get kamaboko and want to know how to do that, the instruction is on this site -- the one at the bottom.

As a representative of my family, I visited the nearby shrine at midnight on the new year's eve, just like previous years. The stars were oh-so bright in the winter sky that I felt as if I heard their twinkling sound.

And at 7 am on January 1st, 2011, I was on top of the cape to see the first sunrise of the year at the highest lookout in the city, because I really, really need a good luck this year!



I wish you and yours the very best for 2011!!

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13 comments:

Judith said...

Happy New Year! Hope 2011 will treat you and your family with more kindness than the previous years have.

tofugirl said...

Happy new year! I wish for nothing but wonderful things for you in 2011. That osechi looks beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Sincerest best wishes for a Happy New Year! I love your blog; you express yourself so well in English. Loved my years living in Japan, oh so long ago. I cheer for you when you tell of your trials because I see it as building character like the tree growing ever so wiser and strong through each storm. Your bird is impressive. I can get it here but what you've done takes talent.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Obachan. I can't believe another year of reading your charming blog has passed. As they say--My, how time flies whether you're having fun or not! Best wishes to you and your family and cheers to more "Still Clumsy With Chopsticks".

Patzie said...

明けましておめでとうございます Oba-chan. Hope you have a greater year :)

New Year food in Japan looks colourful and yummy!

fer said...

Hi! I like your blog a lot! I will be following you in this new year
Happy new year!

Badcat said...

Hi Obachan!
Best wishes for a more relaxed New Year for you.

K and S said...

all the best to you!

Anonymous said...

Obachan,

Happy new year! Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2011! I hope things are better for all of you this year. :)

Plume said...

Happy New Year yo you and your family!
Your new year feast look so beautifull and tasty!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year dear obachan.

Lots of love
malaysiaelayne

day-dreamer said...

Beautiful sunrise picture! :)

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Obachan! I wish all the best to you and your family for the coming year. And I look forward to reading your blog for another year :) -Arisa

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