Wow, it's almost time to ring in the new year. I had no intention of staying up this late, but we've been working on gathering things for Denny to take on his deployment and time got away from us. Denny's still downstairs looking for specific DVDs and things.
Me, pounding the rice. The rice is pounded into a sticky dough called mochi and then used in various dishes, both sweet and savory.
Now, lets move forward a year. In January 2007, we had a new little guy as part of the family. Dylan was just a little more than 2 months old on New Year's Day. Our friends Yuko, Yuki and their little one Chi-chan invited us to their home for a traditional New Year's dinner. Here's a link to the whole story.
Chi-chan insisted on "holding" Dylan. I don't think she realized just how heavy he would be.
Last year, we visited a Japanese shrine on New Year's Day. In Japan, it's tradition to visit the shrine and burn offerings for the gods after midnight on New Year's eve. Here's the whole story.
And I didn't get any photos of us on New Year's Day, so here's a cute one of Denny and Dylan taken in early January, and one of Dylan digging in his stocking on Christmas Day.
Stay tuned for photos from this year's New Year's Day celebration.