Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Hi! Today we have another nice weather. The high temp is 70F (21C)! It's going to rain from tomorrow, though...

This is something about last last week on 10/30. My college friend in NY came to see us with her fiance (they are a bilingual couple)! My boyfriend and I see her every year in NY (in summer) but never saw him. This time, she came back to Japan with him to visit her parents for marital stuff. Their courtship was for 10 years! Days ago, I heard they were finally approved by her parents. I am very happy to hear that. Congratulations again!!!

On this day, about 12 people (including college friends) gathered together. We had a dinner at a restaurant called Namahage. Namahage by the way is a Japanese ritual which is observed throughout Oga Peninsula, Akita Prefecture in northern Honshū, Japan. It is said to have originated as a ritual for cleansing people's souls, and for blessing the new year. While eating, Namahage comes to your table to entertain. The restaurant serves local foods in Akita, such as Kiritanpo (rice stick) nabe! I hope her fiance enjoyed, in a jet-lagged mind. He-he!

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  1. Hey girl,

    Glad you're enjoying your visit with your friends! I have to say the pictures of Namahage look kinda scary! The food looks great as usual!

  2. Ochi,

    I never knew Japan had this kind of culture..Thanks for sharing.

    I was envy that you had gathering with your old friends.You know,I never been to a gathering before..all of my freinds were incooperate.They always seem so busy and no time..

    Hate them..

  3. Hi Jo,

    Yes. Namahage scares you to bring good fortune ;)
    I really hope you could come to Japan someday!

  4. Hi jose,

    Really?! I thought your friends like to gather together!!!
    But we gather only once in many years when someone came back from a different country or etc... We don't gather if we know we all are in Japan. Ha-ha!


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