Thank you to all of your friendship this year. I'm very glad to see you on the blogland. I learn so mamy things from you. You cheer me up. Thank you so much. Arigato. Wishing your health and happiness next 2010.
so today I'm preparing for the new year party tomorrow and making organization for the New Year.
Alsotheday before Christmas Eve is the birthday of the Emperor of Japan. So it was National Holiday in Japan.
We were already in Christmas mood on that day. But it was still 23th Dec. Somehow we call that day,Eve-eve (Eve of Eve) Cant wait!!
At my party;
prepared for kanishabu(shabushabu of crabs)-very fun and yummy!!
drinking a bit or more...hehe
Christmas Cake: ordinarily most of Japanese family used to buy and order decoration cakes at PATISSURIE for the party. PATISSIER in japan have been trained harder long time in other countries, Paris ,London, Italy...whatever...they are very skillful and excellent. this Macarons cake is for us. it's new design for me.
It was the show time by myself with ukulele. I played 'Silent night Holy night'
When we look back at this year ,we used to figure out in japanese Kanji.
How do you feel like whole of this year?
How can you image if you describe thaｔ?
we vote for our idea of kanji.
Every year at this time, the high priest of Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto writes down like this...
Calligraphy is a creative art form which attempts to express spiritual depth and beauty by means of kanji and kana characters written with a brush and sumi (ink).
Ad the Priest are just writing -we pronounce it 'shin' and means 'New'
It describe that 'People have been worrying about accepting something new to ourselves through this year around us.
For example.. new administration of Hatoyama, spread of the new influenza virus and whatever new...
Anyway we wish we were more safely and happier and kept peace at coming next year.
Last December,our family had faced with harder situation than ever. Because my lovely mum was very serious illness. She was attacked by cancer. Still in bed at home at that time. we were taking care and nursing for her as possible as we could. Of course doctor came over to see her once a week and whenever she needed to care. My mum wanted to stay home. But her condition itself was getting worse day by day. She needed much more medical care and therapy at hospice. (You wouldnt know we dont have so many hospice in japan.) there are a few hospice in our region.
Then we all decided to go hospice for my mum at Christmas Eve. In fact,Christmas Eve became the last dinner with mum at home. Next day was Christmas and we sent my mum to hospice by ourselves of course. My mum wasnt very good condition. Even 10minutes drive.
I stayed at hospice and spend with her at the night.
I remebered even Christmas songs was far from me.. I couldnt hear anything..Too sad. But very preivious time for us each other.
Although I learned very important phrases from our doctor as follows ( He is a christian)
It gave me encouragements so much.
The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;courage to change the things I can;and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world;as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next.
I do apologize to tell you very personally things at this time. Pls forgive me.
Now i will overcome.. my mum is always in my heart with me.
December is particularly busy for us. we say Shiwasu as a December-it means priests also run in hurry because it is the last month of year. And we have to prepare for a new year.Many things for it.
Japanese people have a custom of doing a general year-end cleaning of both the inside and outside of their homes to greet the New Year Of course more than usual. organization more than usual too.
Many things have to be. it is necessary to be done before new year comes
It is a custom for preparation for new year.
I met and gathered with my old friends yesterday. Very fun!! I used to work with them several years ago... there are gorgeous maidenhair tree(ginkgo)along the Midosuji street in Osaka. It is prepared for Christmas illuminations -from 1st of December. Midosuji street is 4km length from north to south. there are lots of banks or office..Office street