This is what the gods at our place get to feast on as they welcome in the new year...
Hand pounded mochi rolled into rounds the size of small frizbee with oversized mikan orange on top, some toshikoshi soba (buckwheat) noodles, bit of rice, some fruit, beer and sake. This is what the normal people had...
Sukiyaki - probably had by a few households around the country tonight. We were planning on putting Ryu to bed and having a sukiyaki party with Granny K, Marina and Shou. Unfortunately Granny K was the only one that lasted the distance AND wasn't in and out of Ryu's cot all day. Shou and Marina had left overs and some sushi and were both asleep by quarter to seven - mainly due to Shou not having an afternoon nap and Marina running round like headless chicken in between climbing in the cot, getting told off, laughing at getting told off and calling all in sundry a 'baka tare' (only took one day to get her mouth round it!) SIGH.
Sukiyaki was yum - thanks to the superb ozzy beef, homegrown veges and top class eggs (that you have raw and dip everything else in). There was some Asahi and maguro sashimi thrown in for good measure. Granny K had three mouthfulls of beer and declared that she was extremely hot. I suggested perhaps was about the seven layers she had on in room with hot fire going, sitting infront of hotpot with sukiyaki. Turns out she only had six layers on - compared to my one!!
Hub is now asleep on the couch - no doubt not up to going to the midnight burn your previous years good luck charms event at the Shrine two hundred metres away. He usually goes with the other 'machitsukuri' lads and puts on sweet amazake for the boozy Shrine goers at midnight.
I wonder if he will wake up for 'himeosame' or perhaps after midnight for 'himehajime' :)
Hime is princess and osame is end and hajime is start. So...
Himeosame - last shag of the year.
Himehajime - first shag of the year.
If you time it right you could get two out of the way in one go. Tis hard when have aging husband. Would need to have both eyes on the countdown. Right love, away you go. Thirty seconds till midnight.
HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone. I hope 2010 brings you all whatever it is you want it to - to shed a few kilos (or 15), to get better oraganized, to be a better mummy (sigh), to make it through the year with self and family in one piece - and all still residing under the same roof.