Man and Girl 2005-12-31
Happy New Year's Eve if you're on Japan time. We're off to the Jikka (hometown) tomorrow. Hitomi's parents live in Odawara. We'll be there all day, spend the night, and then go to Hachioji the next day. I'll still be posting images here each day, so stop by if you've got a minute.
I just came back from the store. I bought tempura to put in our soba. I guess everyone's doing that. They had little plastic trays of tempura all ready to buy -- at an inflated price (I think, though maybe I just didn't notice the price before).
Anyway, people in Japan will be eating soba (noodles) with tempura tonight. Perhaps heating up some mochi, lathering on a bit of butter and soy sauce, and enjoying food that would kill you if you had it every day.
Actually, a few people will choke on mochi and die in the next two days. The newspapers will report the exact number, in case anyone forgets to ask. Eating mochi is like swallowing your gum, though mochi tastes alot better. There's an absolutely hilarious scene in a movie called "Tampopo" about a man choking on mochi. If you've never seen "Tampopo," now is your chance to do yourself a favor and rent it.