This picture was taken in the cave which is cold place all the year round.
In 864 the cave was made from Mt.Fuji’s lava flow.
The cave was used for keeping the silkworm and the seeds as a natural refrigerator.
It was about 1 ponit centigrade when we went in despite of 27 points centigrade outside.
Today my family went my parent’s house. It was a gathering consisting of our family, my sister, my sister’s husband, my brother and my sister’s dog
We ate Osechi and talked about each family’s last year’s events.
Then we went for a walk and saw the Japanese persimmon. My daughter
collected some persimmon seed.
This garden is in the Paine pension in which our family was being stayed last summer.
This European garden is well-kept.
The owner often mows the lawn.
From the garden we should have seen mt.Fuji which is the highest mountain in Japan.
But all summer long a dense fog was hanging over the mountain.
Today is The last day of the year.
My family visited my father’s grave. We made an offering of flowers and incense at the grave.
We ate Chinese noodles during lunch. It is a popular New Years Eve custom in Japan.
and my wife made Brazirian pão de queijo.
Later we will cook pizza in a home-bakery in the evening.
The pizza had cheese,potatos,onions,winter mushrooms
But my younger daughter’s pizza will not have cheese on it
because she is allergic to egg and milk products
My wife prepared New year decoration on the front door.
I bought osechi. For example a datemaki (a rolled omelet mixed with fish paste)
Osechi is the special dish served on the first three days of the New year. They are usually stored in ornate lacquered boxes called jubako.
The New year is the most important annual event in Japan.
The next year is the Year of the Rabbit
according to Chinese astrology.
I was born in a year with the same Chinese zodiac sign at this year.
My family went to teradomari in Niigata October.
It was our first time seeing the Japan sea.
We went to the aquarium and the fish market.
But my children had so much fun gathering many seashells on the beach.
We stayed at Hokushinkan which has two kind of hot springs.