When the builder set up the framework of my house, my family held “Jyoutoushiki”
in my house which is under construction.
“Jyoutoushiki” is a ceremony for the raising of a house’s framework.
This ceremony is held less than ” Jichinsai”.
But we held this ceremony to pray to the God of architecture and craftsmen.
First we placed rice and sake in the four corners of the house.
And talismans are placed on the ridge pole.
In some areas they throw money and give rice cakes in their neighborhood.
Then we invited all craftsmen,
architect and my mother for dinner.
They celebrated together and gave us a bottle of sake.
And we served sushi wrapped in fried tofu, cooked dishes,
miso soup with pork and vegetables and a barrel of beer.
We gave handsel to each participant.
In the final stage one craftsman sang a traditional “Kiyari ” that we have never heard.
Kiyari is a kind of Japanese folk song that craftsmen sing when they bring wood.
These kinds of historical customs are disappearing gradually.
So I want to write it down as much as possible.
This video isn’t of my house but it shows the kiyari.
It is said that the ancient Greeks used something similar to an abacus.
My mother brought an abacus to my daughters the other day.
It is the abacus that I had used more than twenty years ago.
There were a lot of abacus schools when I was a child.
My friends and I have been to this school in my neighborhood.
But fewer people study with abacus since computers are now widely used.
Even now I think that the logic of abacus is more useful for mental calculation than a computer.
I hope that my daughters will be able to use abacus.
Most Japanese prayed the god of the land before they build their house or building.It is called “Jichinsai”in Japan.We also prayed when we built our house.Shinto priest,builder and architect gathered on our land.In the ceremony green bamboo logs were set on end at the four corners anda household altar was set in a central location.Then we place rice wine and some fruits on the altar to wish for the saftey of construction and each one of us spadede the ground.After this ceremony all participants were hambled by the work before us.
My wife and I received a purification at Koma shirine because my wife’s age is “Maeyaku” this year.”Yakudoshi”are ages when it is said that unlucky events are likely to happen to you and so you should be careful.The year before it is called “Maeyaku”.It is also said that you should be careful during these years as well,although they require less caution than “Yakudoshi”does.Then durning the new year many people come to shirines to pray for studies,bussiness,marriage and delivery a success or to keep healthy and traffic safty.So there ara some refreshment booth which sells noodles fried with meet or vegetables,chocolate banana,cotton candy and potato with butter.
This is a rice mill in a self-service stand. There are some rice mills around because there are many rice field in the neighbourhood. Today I went there to mill some rice for the first time in my life. The rice is a name-brand “Koshihikari”. It costs one hundred yen(about 1.2 US dollars) to mill a rice up to 10kg of rice. I could choose between ready-to-cook rice and polished rice. My family eat rice two or three times every day. Domestic rice is served on most Japanese tables as a result of an agricultural policy that Japan should maintain her capacity to produce rice.
Today is the last day of the new year’s holiday.
My family bought a ball and cup,tops and a hagoita which is a Japanese battledore used in hanetsuki.
I played a ball and cup since more than twenty years ago.
A ball and cup is difficult toy to control a ball.
The bellow video’s player is very excellent.
I visited to a nearby Ozaki shrine with my family. Many Japanese usually visit to a shrine or temple during the first three days of the New Year.
The omikuji I drew said “A bit of Luck”,but my daughter’s omikuji said”Great Luck”. The omikuji, which is written on a piece of folded paper, is a Fortune-telling note which you draw out of the lots.
Then I bought my famly’s charm and amazake,which is a sweet low-alcohol drink made from fermented rice or sake little.
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.