Happy New Year

Today we took down all our Christmas things away and brought out our New Year friends. Each of these little dudes are symbolic for virtues we hope for in 2015.

We are past our mad partying days so this evening we will eat toshikoshi soba. We will think back on our year and write in our family scrolls. This is a custom inherited from Hiro's grandfather who has written his own annual "family history" over many many years. I wrote about this previously HERE

Do let us know if you happen to dream about Mount Fuji, eagles or aubergines tonight. There is a traditional saying "Ichifuji nitaka sannasubi" which means: 

1 - mount fuji

2 - eagles

3 - aubergines 

It is said that its brings luck if your first dream of the year is either about Mount Fuji (because it the highest point in Japan), eagles (because the Japanese word for eagle "taka" rhymes with the words for high which is "takai") and aubergines (because the Japanese word for this is "nasu" which rhymes with the verb to fulfil). 

Wherever you are and however you celebrate, we wish you the happiest of times and all the very best for 2015. 

Thank you for sticking with us this year.



  1. Always Yasumi, it's been a fun ol' year and I'm glad we finally got to meet. See you in '15.

    Buckets & Spades

  2. Family scrolls are such a lovely tradition. I have a deep interest in things handed down from different generations. My grandpa loved to take out our family tree and go over each of the family members and family history. I wish he was still alive to tell it.. I'm better at Korean now so I think I would understand more. Happy New Year to you and Hiro. I am so happy that I found you and connected with you this year. Thanks for your friendship and your wonderful blog posts. Yours is definitely a blog that I enjoy reading. xx

  3. Happy New Year lovely ^_^ i hope that 2015 is a wonderful year for you. i never knew that about the dreams..so I hope one of those things pops into my dreams tonight :')

  4. Thank you my dear! You have high adventures on your horizons next year - can't wait to follow your stories xx

  5. Jane you are our type of person. You really get us I feel xx

  6. Happy new year to you as well! May you dream of these and more!

  7. Happy New Year, dear Yasumi and Hiro :) I don't know if I've ever dreamt of Mount Fuji, eagles or aubergines, but I suppose that's at least partly because I didn't know that it was auspicious if I did. I'm sure I will have a dream about ratatouille tonight now!

  8. Damn didn't dream about Fuji, eagles or eggplants! Tomorrow's to-do list involves taking down my Christmas decorations down, bit sad but I like how you guys have sweet traditions that keep continuing on :)

  9. I spent NYE with my Japanese friends. I cooked them a goose roast dinner, and they wanted to eat toshikoshi soba, but we all fell asleep on the sofa at 11... I guess we're getting way too old...

  10. Happy New Year!! Have a wonderful year and I am so happy to have found you, your wonderful photographs, writings and talent.

    Katrina Sophia

  11. Though I am a day late, I too would like to wish both you and Hiro and Happy New Year! I am so glad that I came across your blog. Your posts are grounding and always give me the chance to reflect on the little (but important!!) things in life :) Here's to a happy and healthy New Year!

  12. Happy new year, Yasumi! Hope you have an amazing 2015 so you can fill those scrolls with good stuff.

  13. Noooooo this is not a sign of age! I think it's all that cooking that did you in!

  14. Happy New Year my dear girl....always a joy to come here to read about curious things and adventures...you're a gem!! And I wish you all great things in this new year...this was marvellous, I like these little guys and the traditions as well, perfect!! Loves Xxx


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