Happy New Year 2021

Happy New Year to you all. How was your festive season? Mine was totally different from any other years. It was the first time to spend both Christmas and New Year without family in my life (as you might know already, New Year is the most important holiday for Japanese – family time, just like…

Happy New Year 2020

Portugal – that was where we spent last New Year. We stayed at a B&B in Lamego in the Douro Valley. The place used to be a servants’ quarter and had a big open fire pit. We were watching the fire while drinking beautiful homemade (real) port. That was our beginning of 2019. Perth –…

Happy New Year – 2018

Happy New Year! May your 2018 be peaceful and fun with a touch of excitement. I cannot believe that it’s already 2018…. It still sounds like the future to me…. This is this year’s Osechi –  a set of several dishes prepared for New Year’s Celebration. (Please see my previous post about the Japanese tradition of…

Happy New Year – 2017

Happy New Year. Wising everyone peace, health and a lot of joy throughout the year. Again I prepared Osechi. It takes time but it is very rewarding. Most of all, it is delicious…. I love Japanese traditional food. Menu: Kohaku Namasu (pickled daikon and carrot) Ebino Umani (prawns cooked in soy sauce, sake and mirin) Gomame/Tazukuri (dried…

Happy New Year – 2016

FAQ “Do you celebrate Christmas in Japan?” Answer “No, we don’t. We enjoy Christmas.” Japanese people love different cultures. We know how to adapt and enjoy to make our life more colourful. Christmas is one of them. Although we roast chicken (not turkey), Father Christmas comes to give presents to Japanese children, Christmas cake is…