A New Year in Japan – A Fried Japanese Dinner

Almost everything was fried for dinner. The drinks were not. This is what we ate:

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It’s tempura and gyoza. They were all homemade. Gyoza is also known as potstickers or dumplings. Tempura is lightly coated vegetables and seafood that’s deep fried. I enjoyed the onions and maitake mushrooms the most. There was also crab, but I don’t like crab. To be honest, it looks so weird, I just don’t want to eat it. Actually, I’ve tried before and just didn’t like it.

Tomorrow, we return home. But maybe something exciting will happen? I have no idea!

A New Year in Japan – A Temple Visit with Luck?

We went to another temple, this time Monjuji in Saitama City. I’ve been there before about three times. This time, things were a bit different.

The main gate of the temple.

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The main hall of the temple.

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We went next door, to an attached building, where most of my wife’s family went up for a New Year’s service. My sister-in-law’s husband and I stayed downstairs to watch my daughter and his daughter. The cousins played while we waited. After that was over, it was time for something a bit different.

My daughter got to drink some amazake, a sweet drink available at New Year’s.

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We waited in line to go up to the temple, ring the bells, toss in a coin, and pray or make a wish for the year.

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And then, I got an Omikuji. This is a fortune. I was trying my luck.

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It turns out my fortune said suikichi. That means future luck. So, I should have luck later on this year. It said I shouldn’t rush into things and take my time. When looking for a new job, I should be patient, and one will come. Health will be better, and to stay the course in my studies.

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I wish I had luck after that because when we returned to my wife’s grandparents’, we had lunch. It was a good lunch, and we ate a lot. However, my daughter had diarrhea. We had no change of clothes and ran out of wet wipes. We returned to my wife’s parents’ house and did laundry. I am now waiting for it to dry in a coin laundry.

Well, that’s it for now. We’ll see what’s in store for later.

A New Year in Japan – Day Two Begins With More Family

We headed out early in the morning to see my wife’s maternal grandparents. It was a very eventful trip. But first, some buses and a train.

It was a sunny, but cold morning.

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We got off the train at Kita-Urawa, and went to another bus.

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At the grandparents’ house, we were greeted with green tea and senbei (rice crackers).

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But our second temple visit of the year was to begin soon. That’s in the next post.