Anyway, new year has started.
Greetings for new year is much important and usual, however, kurisumasu or christmas became almost a Japanese word and its meaning is not religious or spiritual at all, it is a very commercial thing here.
In Japan, It is common to visit the shrine on the new year's day.
I do not have regular shrine to visit for the new year's day.
I change the shrines to visit year by year, I know it's unusual, and apart from the topic, people take me as unusual anyway. Yes, I KNOW!
But of course being unusual is not my aim if you ask me. I have been telling I am just doing what I think interesting but not picking out something odd or strange specially.
Naturarul born stranger? Well, I do not mind, do I ? No, never mind.
Usually go to shrines like Sumiyosi, Ikutama or Tenmaguu in Osaka City or maybe some local small shrines and then go to Nara prefecture for visiting old grand shrines/temples.
official sites but no English
from last year i got a nick for ridin my brompton with kimono.and its the new years day i better wear montuki or formal black kimono coat with my family crest on it.
A bit of long introduction, but I had better to write above for
some readers abroad, especially for those who is not know Japanese custom well.
I have been doing my blog both in (broken) English and Japanese.
Sometimes it makes me very prolong explanation and extra translations for some readers.
And my point of view is a little different from standard Japanese perhaps.
I like visiting shrines and temples.
I remember some prayer for Shinto and Buddhism by heart, which is very unusual for modern Japanese people. Visiting shrines and temples over 500 times in a year, I think. Well, it is not common, I konw.
Having a cup of tea is very common, of course. And maybe you will find a tea house in a tourist place serving a bowl of green tea in a very casual way.There are many people training tea as known as chado, or the way of tea which quite popular world widely.
But actually, when it comes to something to do maccha (powdered green tea, a bowl of tea, not in a cup), we would expect some kind of away-from-this-world or obsolete, may be it's existing but irrelevant to day to day life.
My favourite things are in this field.
Still you might find somewhere else but people do not care much,
like Noh, Kabuki, Bunraku, but people go to Hollywood films, Rock Star from abroad, Dancers from west instead
of these conventional performing art.
I love teas, I mean tea not only Japanese green tea but British brew, Chinese kung fu style.
I would go wether it is Japanese traditional music or latest club DJ from UK, interesting film from south Asia, moving fiddle players from eastern Europe....
I would like to keep Japanese good tradition in my way anyway.
So I have got a mobile kitchen for tea!
Let's hear about jetboil from a senior user.
Making a ramen.
Googling the word 'jetboil' , you will find some useful information.
This years hatugama or New Year's tea was here at Kashiwara Shrine,
making kaiseki or light meal for tea first. todays special is a otyazuke or tea over rice using Darjeeling tea for it.yup, VERY UNUSUAL, I KNEW, BUT IT'S GOT A BEAUTIFUL TASTE BELIEVE ME.
a nice cup-pa, darjeerin. ya, british brew for japanese traditional cuisine!
i usually eat cereal mixed rice. rice includes beans, wheat, foxtail millet etc.
inside the bag in front of the burner is tea set. bowl, tea container, tea whisks, tea scoop.
the black bowl is made by my favourite pottery artist SAINEN Akio.