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New Year.. Something Old and New

As the world bids farewell to 2014 and welcome 2015, my husband and I tried some old and new traditions to spice up our way of celebrating the new year. For something old, I prepared some food that have been  a tradition in our family since I was a child.

New Year Fruits
Round fruits to attract good fortune


Pineapple Upside Down
Pineapple upside down cake: similar to how my mom used to bake it every year since I was a child


A Filipino traditional holiday breakfast: Suman (steamed sticky rice), mangoes, and hot chocolate drink


New Year, New Traditions

Likewise during my Ikebana class, we made our annual special arrangements for the New Year celebration known as Oshogatsu here in Japan. It  is a traditional Japanese arrangement which is believed to attract good spirits, fortune, and health.  

New Year Ikebana
A traditional Japanese New Year flower arrangement: pine tree to attract good spirits; willow stems for long life; and holly for good wealth

We also had a lot of something new as we say hello to the new year. Most of them are Japanese traditions that were introduced to us by friends and colleagues.

Lechon Pork Belly
First time to cook Lechon Pork Belly (roasted pork belly)
New Year Door Ornament
First time to try placing a small arrangement in front of our door. The Japanese believe that the pine leaves, holly, and gold trimmings attract good fortune,

Despite the late partying, we were able to wake at 6:00 am the following day and then rode our bikes going to Kasai Rinkai Park so that we can catch the first sunrise at 6:50 am. When we reached the park, we were surprised by the huge number of people already waiting along Kasai coast.

New Year Sunrise
Welcoming the first sunrise in Rinkai Park.  Although it was very cloudy that day, we were lucky to see a glimpse of the sun.
A beautiful sight of Mt. Fuji on the first day of the year!





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