Today, my wife and I went to the place where the cat is "LIVING", and caught him.
Until we find someone who can take care of him, he would be one of our family member. I'm sorry for this cat being left in the wood, but I also thank him for contacting me after all. It's some kind of our fate to see each other and spend some time together.
Life is beautiful, life is precious, which is often heard among human. But any life is beautiful and precious. I'm very happy if I could save a life today.
Thank you, small cat, for coming to my home. Please enjoy your life here until you find better world.
Today is the New Year's Day of 2013.
In Japan, most of the shops and businesses are closed except some all year running shops like Seven Eleven. It's just a relaxing day and we often go to shrines to pray with our wish for the new year, which is called Hatsu Moude in Japanese, and this custom is a long remaining Japanese life heritage probably since the birth of the religion, Shinto in Japan.
Yesterday, what we usually do is having Soba. This is also an old traditoin of Japan. For the time of changing the years, we have Soba. This Soba eating custom is called Toshikoshi Soba, which should be translated like Year Passing Soba.
The Photo is my Toshikoshi Soba at home by my wife's cooking. It's really simple, I added Shirimp Tempura on the top of hot Soba ( some like cold soba better even in the Winter). Taste is also very simple but I like it so much. We enjoy the flavor of Soba with the taste, so we don't change the essence of the food by arranging much.
I had Toshikoshi Soba at home, but many people also have it at Soba restaurants. Famous Soba restaurats have the busiest time in the year on 31st of December.
Also, today I went for shopping to a electric equipment store nearmy house without thinking something especially to buy in my mind. As I wrote, most of the stores are closed, but occassionally some try to sell even on the New Year's Day in Japan. So I went to see something new at one of the running shops today.
Cameras were impressive. I like taking photos and I've been working on photo taking since the 35mm analog film cameras were top share models. Recent cameras are really fantastic with easy handling functions and high quality photo result. In addition, the price is amazingly low in comparison with the quality. I have some cameras but new ones displayed at shops make me feel like trying them.
In Japan many of us take a little long vacation from the end of December to the third or the forth of January. This year, many people take the vacation until 6th of January bacause it's sunday on the 6th.
Japanese events in special days like New Year's day are more or less related with Japanese original religion called Shinto. In the past time, we usually took 7 day rest after the new year breaks. Recently it's not always in one regular rule but it's true that New Year's day is the most important seasonal event in Japan. Of course it's more important than Xmas day.
As I wrote above, I will also take a little longer holidays from Today. Have a happy new year !!!!
Today I'm still alive. Maya's word fortunately didn't realize.
My Christmas Eve is just another day. I'm not religious so much, so nothing special for me.
But today I enjoyed with my dog in a park. He is very good at catching a ball even when the ball is in the air. He jumps and catches it in the photo. I'm really happy that I can live another day with him.
Today, I will have a Takoyaki Party with my family. If possible, I will try to upload the photos of Takoyaki later.
For me, celebrating Xmas in Japan is a little strange because we Japanese mostly aren't Chrstian. However, Xmas is already a kind of year ending event for Japanese people. They buy beautiful cakes and enjoy parties with friends or families.
When I lived in NZ, people were quiet all through the Christmas day. Fot them, of course it's holly time and they spend the time with holly mind with families. But in Japan, people are enjoying the Xmas events at bars, restaurants, or with their families too. Streets are also decolated beautifully with illumination and Santa Claus designs. In Japanese Xmas, it's not especially related wtih religion.
Now we are about to have Xmas day soon. For me this season means just the ending of a year with fun events.
I went for a short drive with my two dogs today to near historic heritage place in Japan. It's known as Shirakawa no Seki, which used to be a gate to go to Nothern part of Japan in Edo priod in 7th century to early 19th century. There are legendary remainings still in the small village surrounded mountains with tiny but mystic shrine on the top. Trees are really old and they stand with grand looking with twisting shape.
Besides the mountian, there is an old house of Japan. It's kept in the traditional building technique of Japan with careful maintainance work. As the photos, roof is made of straws or thin tree branches and the walls are made from clay with bamboo trees inside. Doors are made of wood and papers instead of glasses. In the entrance, floor is just the ground and we take off shoes when stepping into the house. Each room floor was tatami floor which was made by straws. A old fireplace is still remaining in the house, too.
This is just what my memory explains about traditional old Japanese house. Actually when I was a kid, this kind of house was already out of use in many places. But at my father's farm village, there used to be the same kind of house there. I still remember I stayed there and had food around the fireplace in the cold time.
Back then, Winter time of Japan was incrediblly cold in the houses being protected only by wood, clay and papers. There was not solid concrete walls or warm air conditioners. It's now hard to live in that old style of Japan but seeing this type house is a kind of good thing because all the memory then is still good.
There was not modern technique to escape from cold Winter then, but we actually had warm and bright hope for our future, that was a really pasionate dream which could warm ourselves up from the bottom of our heart.