We took a brief outing to our local Toys R Us in Minami-Furuya New Year’s morning, for the first time in a long time. The weather has been great all week…I’m thankful for that. The store wasn’t that busy either…don’t know if that is good or bad, considering the company filing bankruptcy not long ago.
When we got home,some of us enjoyed the Japanese traditional New Year’s meal, called Osechi…while others (Alex) didn’t. We never eat all of the items in a traditional Osechi, we always choose what we want to eat. Extremely boring in comparison to others maybe…but that’s fine.
Later in the day, we made our pilgrimage to Hikawa Shrine in Kawagoe…and our first time to go there on New Year’s day, in several years. It’s usually a mad house the first few days of the new year, but we decided to go anyway, because we had to go pay respects at the cemetery.
We turned in our old charms, bought some new ones, said our prayers and Alex did a little fishing…
Starting off the new year on a low key, isn’t so bad…
To all the deserving mothers around the world, this day is for you!
You know who you are, without being announced (but your loved ones may feel differently!).
Thank you for all that you do for your families!!
Children’s Day in Japan is on May 5th, so everyone is getting a jump-start on the festivities! We have to decorate for Alex, as well!!