Monday, January 7, 2019

New Years in Japan!

One of my 2019 resolutions is to learn a little more about Japanese customs and more words since we live here and I honestly don't know much and don't make an effort and then look like an idiot when people visit us (sorryyy Nicole haha). . . So this year I'm being more mindful of the people around me and culture. I'm making an effort to learn and speak and "try" rather than not. I'm definitely not promising to be fluent or an expert because it's honestly not my highest priority, but hey I will know a few more things. Starting with NEW YEARS customs in Japan.  

Here are just a few of my favorites I learned and illustrated: 

ALSO, super cool experience this year for New Years we were also invited to a "traditional" Japanese New Year meal. The girls in the Stocker Family cooked a lot of the meal and explained all the symbolic things in the food, which I honestly can't remember any of them except the fish eggs . . .  something about lots of posterity I think. . . so heaven help us because I ate them all. I didn't really take too many pictures of the day, but here is the food we ate:

Luke also received some money from the family because it is traditional on New Years to give money to the children!! Way cool. It is called 'otoshidama.' 

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