明けましておめでとうございます

1 Jan

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明けましておめでとうございます (Happy New Year)!

It’s now the year 平成二十一年 (Heisei 21 (2009))…丑年 (Year Of The Cow / Ox).

(Click here to read my FAQ about お正月 (Japanese New Years)).

Today, as we usually do at お正月 (New Years), we went to my inlaws’ for dinner. And, as usual, my wife’s grandmother (who’s 94 years old now!), her aunt and uncle, and her brothers and sister (and their spouses and kids) all came too. A total of twenty people! So there was lots of family and lots of great food.

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刺身 (Sashimi), 海老フライ (fried shrimp), 御節料理 (traditional Japanese New Years foods), 日本酒 (Japanese sake rice wine), beer, and wine.

I ate alot of great food…and drank alot of alcohol. 😉

Besides getting together with family and eating a traditional New Years meal…at お正月 (New Years), many Japanese people go to a shrine for New Years blessings (and traditional New Years lucky ornaments (such as Daruma), go to the Imperial Palace to hear the Emperor’s New Year message (the public is allowed inside the Palace grounds only twice a year: お正月 (New Years) and 天皇誕生日 (the Emperor’s birthday)), or go shopping (many stores have New Years sales…and 福袋 (Lucky Bag)).

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(Click here to read my other recent post about お正月 (Japanese New Years), in that post I explain some of the Japanese New Year particulars…including 福袋 (Lucky Bag)).

28 Responses to “明けましておめでとうございます”

  1. Sir Pent January 10, 2009 at 11:24 am #

    He hasn’t given out a date yet. I’ll pop over here when I hear.
    Supposedly he’s going to release the track-listing very soon.

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  2. tokyo5 January 7, 2009 at 11:04 am #

    Sir Pent…

    OK, I look forward to your review of his album.
    When’s the release date?

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  3. Sir Pent January 7, 2009 at 10:54 am #

    Ya gotta love Ace for being Ace.
    I know a lot of people that have no real formal art/design training who get photoshop and figure out how to use the filters to make a cool effect. The problem is that a cool effect doesn’t mean a good design.
    That’s all that album cover is. Cool effects…bad design.

    I will buy the album:
    1) I compulsively buy all the KISS related albums
    2) hope that after 15 years that he actually releases a great album (I’ll let you know)

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  4. tokyo5 January 6, 2009 at 11:07 pm #

    umepontarou…

    >Did you gain weight after New Year’s Day??

    HAHAHA 🙂
    Maybe. 😉 I ate alot.

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  5. umepontarou January 6, 2009 at 10:52 pm #

    Wow so many nice food…..!!
    I always eat a lot on New Year’s Day :p …Lots of delicious food, so I can’t help it (>0<)

    … Did you gain weight after New Year’s Day??

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  6. tokyo5 January 6, 2009 at 11:05 am #

    Sir Pent…

    Is it this:
    http://www.acefrehley.com/anomaly/ ?

    I guess it could be worse.
    I probably won’t buy it…I only have one of his solo albums (besides the 1978 KISS solo albums, of course)…I have his Greatest Hits Live.

    Will you buy his new album?

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  7. Sir Pent January 6, 2009 at 10:58 am #

    Not to change the topic…but Ace posted the cover to his impending album on his website.

    Waddya think?

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  8. tokyo5 January 5, 2009 at 11:23 pm #

    Miss Behaving….

    You’ve been in Japan nearly 19 years, too?

    Did you see my post here:
    https://tokyo5.wordpress.com/2008/10/17/its-been-18-years/ ?

    Feel free to add any differences in 1990 Japan and today’s Japan that I may have forgotten about in that post?

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  9. Miss Behaving January 5, 2009 at 6:42 pm #

    We are in Kansai, Nara Ken.
    I came here around the same time as you…1990, and missed the last boat out. 😉

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  10. tokyo5 January 5, 2009 at 9:45 am #

    Sir Pent…

    Yeah, imported beer is too expensive. I just drink domestic (Japanese).

    When I visited America a few years ago, I drank Budweiser. It had been awhile since I had one of those…I guess I’m used to Japanese beer, because the Bud was fine while I was there…but I think Japanese beer’s better.

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  11. Sir Pent January 5, 2009 at 9:27 am #

    At one point I used to have a beer every day, but I got away from that.
    I also used to love trying imported beers/lagers, but have also gotten away from that as well.

    I have become more of a “holiday” drinker.

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  12. tokyo5 January 4, 2009 at 2:25 pm #

    I drink a couple beers every day with dinner…but I don’t get drunk anymore.

    And I’m not a big fan of dark beers like Guinness. Lager is what I like.

    https://tokyo5.wordpress.com/2008/07/03/fourth-of-july/

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  13. Sir Pent January 4, 2009 at 8:02 am #

    Once upon a time I used to video-tape everytime KISS was on TV. I had a tape with all kinds of stuff…headbangers ball HITS tour, videos, Paul Stanley on countdown, etc. But I did not record the New Years Eve in Times Square.

    I did watch KISS at the olympics. They played to pre-recorded music and even with that, Ace was terrible. He obviously did NOT want to be there.

    I’m not a beer snob, per say…but my favorite beers for flavor currently are Guinness, Bass or Newcastle.
    If I’m drinking to be drinking (ie, get drunk), I try to stick to Coors Light.

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  14. tokyo5 January 3, 2009 at 10:10 pm #

    Sir Pent….

    >…drank many beers.

    So, what’s your favorite beer?

    As for me, my favorite’s KirinTanrei“…but any beer’s good, as long as it’s a cold lager! 🙂

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  15. tokyo5 January 3, 2009 at 6:11 pm #

    Miss Behaving…

    What part of Japan do you live in?

    Four kids aged 8-16?!
    My daughters are about the ages of your oldest two…(12, 14, and 15).

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  16. tokyo5 January 3, 2009 at 6:10 pm #

    Sir Pent…
    It’s too bad you didn’t videotape it.

    Did you see KISS perform at the Olympics opening ceremony when it was in Utah, USA (2002, I believe)?
    I saw it in the newspaper here. I believe Bon Jovi also performed. I headline of the Japanese newspaper called it “The Music Grammys at the USA Olympics”. (Kinda sarcastically).

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  17. Miss Behaving January 3, 2009 at 2:02 pm #

    Thanks for dropping by, my oshougatsu was much like yours I think, I ate way too much!!
    Yes, I ahve 4 kids, 2 girls, 2 boys ages 16, 12, 10 and 8.
    drop by again! and Happy New Year.

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  18. Sir Pent January 3, 2009 at 7:34 am #

    I caught the last section of it. We had flipped the channel during the commercial and when we came back they were finishing up Deuce. (I think it was Deuce…hard to remember, long time ago and I was drinking that night.)

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  19. tokyo5 January 3, 2009 at 12:46 am #

    Aunt Linda…

    It was excellent! (As it is every year).

    I’ll tell them you said it looked 美味しそう (delicious).

    Why don’t you come to Tokyo sometime and try it yourself? 🙂

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  20. Aunt Linda January 3, 2009 at 12:31 am #

    I drooled over the food photos–as each one was revealed slowly opening down the page, my mouse almost drowned…… What a great feast–is everyone in A’s family a master chef? Happy New Year!

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  21. tokyo5 January 2, 2009 at 9:32 pm #

    KISS performed at the Dick Clark New Years Special in about 1992? I didn’t know that. (Of course, I was already here in Tokyo by then).

    (edit.: I just checked it online. It seems KISS recorded their segment for the New Years program in December 1993 in Florida…and it aired on New Years Eve 1993. Did you watch it?)

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  22. Sir Pent January 2, 2009 at 9:01 pm #

    Lots of pop artists performing in the middle of Time Square, yes. (Although, during the Revenge era…KISS performed at it!)

    Yeah…old cat. I’ve never had a pet last this long before!

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  23. tokyo5 January 2, 2009 at 11:52 am #

    Sir Pent…

    If I remember correctly, that American New Years special is popular in America and it’s a kind of music variety program. Isn’t that right?

    Maybe it’s kinda similar to Japan’s most popular New Years Eve TV special (紅白歌合戦).

    And, not on New Years Eve…but on New Years Day, we also drank alot of beer and sake.
    And the kids played popular Japanese New Years games like カルタ (Karuta…which is a Japanese card game).

    >Well, not my 4 year old.

    Of course. My kids and nephews and nieces drank “kids’ champagne“!

    Your cat’s 20 years old? Quite old!

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  24. Sir Pent January 2, 2009 at 11:42 am #

    We stayed at home watching the Dick Clark New Years special in Times Square.
    (They say some people were there for almost 11 hours in 2 degree weather!)

    We played board games and drank many beers. (Well, not my 4 year old.)
    My 20 year old cat got some catnip…

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  25. tokyo5 January 2, 2009 at 10:54 am #

    How did you celebrate New Years? (And what country do you live in?)

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