Happy New Year! I did a lot of fun things during my winter break, so I thought it’d be a good time to share them!
First off, NAVIDAD!
I helped set up the Christmas tree at Sayuchy’s house and we had Christmas family club. At MKP, we did Christmas games y la tradicion mexicana de la piñata! Fue muy divertido! I saw a lot of Christmas lights by Tokyo Station with my new host family, and we celebrated Christmas together. We ate roast chicken along with Japanese food and then opened presents. I was surprised that they said that in Japan only kids get presents and they open them at night. In America, everyone gets presents and we open them first thing in the morning!
A few of my new friends 🙂
We had a New Year’s dinner of tempura and soba, then, at midnight, we walked to 高幡不動 ！The line to get in was super long, but it was so fun and interesting. We tossed our coins in the offering and got our fortunes for the year. I bought a few charms and we all ate dango before we left.
I got to do 書道 calligraphy with the help of my host family’s grandma! It was a lot of hard work, but I really enjoyed it! I learned a lot about the many meanings of kanji, the “power” of them and writing with you’re feelings and whole body. I’m a lot better than I was the first time I tried it!
We also had a little break for tea.
I got to wear a Kimono for the first time!
I’ve only visited Japan in the summer, so I’ve only worn a Yukata before. I was so happy that I had the chance to wear a full Kimono! I went to a shrine in it with a girl studying in Japan from Inner Mongolia! She speaks Mongolian as her first language and doesn’t write it the the Cyrillic script! It’s really beautiful!
I went to Enoshima for a day trip with my New Year’s host family. This was my first time seeing the ocean in Japan! 海はめっちきれいだった！From the beach, you can also see Mt. Fuji. The 江ノ電 was super cute and there was a clear view of the ocean while riding it! I also went to the 大仏 and got a 御朱印. We saw the biggest shrine in Japan, but it was super 混んでる because of the New Year, so we didn’t get that close. It was a super fun trip!!