Apartment is all decorated for the new year – wall hangings to bring a prosperous year, evergreen outside, and ric e cake.
i stayed home, mostly ’cause I didn’t know where to go, and also ’cause I had no one to share it with. Exchanged messages with Reiko San and Mary San, and watched TV. Many shows with all manner of entertinment, including a lovely concert of live classical music. At midnight, a tour of festivities around Japan, ranging from somber bell ringing at a temple – 108 times -to parties.
Unlike America, the new year is more a family affair – more like Thanksgiving . And it is a three day holiday. I will attend celebrations on the 1st and 2nd at friend’s homes.