Sunday, January 02, 2011

Japanese New Year!!

Happy new year, everyone!
I wish you a very wonderful new year 2011!

Here is a photo of "Kadomatsu" at a shrine near by which was taken in the morning of 1, Jan, 2011, when we went to "Hatsumoude (Hatsumode)" .

Photos below are "Mochibana Kazari".
The real "Mochibana" is made with "
mochi", though we use two thin crisp wafers made from mochi.

I made "Mochibana" with Sweetie this year, we used colorful two thin crisp wafers made from mochi and sandwich willow twig between them, like this below.

Sweetie seemed so fun to make them!
I would like to tell Japanese tradition a little by little to him.

Here is a photo of Camellia ("Tsubaki") that was taken near the shrine where we live.

Thank you for visiting!

Take care and have a lovely winter holiday!


Meadows08 said...

Happy New Year to you and your family! I love your photos, they are beautiful.

Nina said...

Happy New Year to you and to all those people you love! :)
I also love your photos as always :)
Hugs from Hungary,

Marnie said...

Happy New Year Yuko! Your photos are beautiful. So glad you and Sweetie enjoyed some crafting time together, making Mochibana and making sweet memories!

Carol R said...

Thanks for sharing such wonderful pictures and showing us a little Japanese culture. Happy New Year!

angelasweby said...

A fresh and wonderful New Year has started, Yuko and with it, all our hopes and dreams for the future. I wish you a year where all these hopes and wishes come true the best year ever.
I really enjoyed all your lovely photos. I love the lanterns.
It's always a pleasure reading how different cultures celebrate the same festival.
Warm affectionate wishes to you, Tass and your family.
Angela. xx

Varla said...

I wish you a very happy new year. You know i love Japan and your wonderful blog. Greetings from Italy, Varla Lee.

Susan said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures, Yuko!

Doris said...

Happy new year to you and your family Yuko!..i love the look of the mochibana.

Pilar said...

Happy New Year Yuko! Thanks for this beautiful pics.
From Barcelona kisses to Tass and a big hug for you.

Susimac said...

A VERY VERY Happy New Year to you Yuko and also to dear little Tass
Hugs Su x

barbara r-g said...

i love that you are sharing your country and culture. my mom lived in Japan in the late 60's and i always have wanted to visit. someday. keep sharing love the pictures and stories. have a very good new year.

Rachel said...


I wish you and your family a Happy New Year! I love the photos. It looks like you and Tass had lots of fun making the mochibana.

russian girl said...

May each day of the coming year be vibrant and New bringing along many reasons for celebrations. Wishing you a fabulous 2011!

Anonymous said...

I wish you and your family a very happy new year. Thank you for sharing your traditions.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you too Yuko! Hope 2011 is a wonderful year for you and your family :)

Jane said...

Happy New Year, Yuko! Looking forward to seeing your wonderful stitching in 2011.

Jennifer said...

Happy New Year to you and your family! I hope you have a MUCH better 2011 than you did a 2010. You could use a break!

I love that you're teaching your son about Japanese traditions and making them interesting to him. I think in an increasingly globalized world, it's nice to hang onto some things that are unique to our own cultures and heritages and to honor them in our lives.