Happy New Year!


Je vous souhaite une bonne année!
These are the miniature of the New Year gate decoration.
It smells very good of bamboo and leaves of pine.


Should I take, shouldn’t I take….that’s the problem.


Japanese have New Year Days cooking in the New Year week.
As for me, there’s a serious problem about my over-weight control.
So I only make a bowl of Zouni( soup with baked rice cake).
At twenty years old, my weight was only 58kg.
At sixty five, it is now over 109kg.
One kilogram per each year I’ve gotten.
It’s so so so so dangerous…my doctor always says….
But today at the first lunch of this year, I ate three bowls…

The protector shrine of my new home town


In the Japanese archipelago live there eighty million gods. The average territory of a god is about 5 hectares. But the number of shrines are only about 85000. The average territory is about 500 hectares. ( It takes to about 20 minutes walk between the center and the border. I think the size is as same as the size of one town.) So gods of shrine owner are 85000. Almost of the owners of a shrine are a couple of goddess and god. Sometimes a goddess and a goddess, and sometimes a god and a god. Now the host gods receive not a few guest gods in their shrine. Some gods are shrine-less gods. The number of shrine-less gods may be far more than the shrine owner and guest gods. All of gods live as only a protector of the town or area where human being lives. So Japanese can enjoy Christmas Eve ( only Christmas Eve) and can pray their wishes in shrine and can have their tomb in the temple.Recently they have started enjoying the Celtic Halloween parade and party. lol.
I moved into Amanuma in the last June. So this new year is the first new year to greet the protector. Like a greeting with the neighbor, I visit the shrine with a coin of a hundred yen. It’s very good cost-performance to make a good relation with someone with one coin of 100 yen, isn’t it?

An old women and her grand daughter



A young girl and her grand mother read happily the fortune paper beside the bonfire in the front garden of the Amanuma Hachiman Shrine. In today morning, I walked to the shrine to wish that I may be happy and healthy (and rich…lol ) all through this year. I don’t buy the fortune telling paper, but almost of believers buy it and the defeating-evil-spirit arrow at least. For young people, the visiting shrine in the New Year Day is one of the reasons to go out with their sweet heart. The younger boys and girls go out in the evening of the last day of the year to visit shrine in the midnight and to see the first Sun rising in the year with their school mates or friends. So all trains and subways and buses runs all through the night.

(The Amanuma Hachiman shrine, Suginami ward)