Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!
I’m back! :D I left my parents’ house around noon yesterday, came back to my apartment in the afternoon, rested for a short while, and then went to work at the izakaya. Boy, I had a hell of a start this year!!

Since most of the restaurants and drinking places were still closed, our izakaya was terribly crowded last night with the people who wanted to celebrate the 2nd day of the new year, though we… at least I… wasn’t ready for work at all. Of course not… In Japan, most companies are closed at least for the first 3 days of the year. We are supposed to pig out and goof off, watching New Year’s special shows on TV, at least for the first 3 days!! But I had to work like crazy last night. I broke 2 glasses and 1 big plate, and finally dropped a big heavy cast-iron griddle on my right shin. Now I have a big bruise there. Oh boy… I was feeling pretty miserable until I came back to my apartment after midnight and found so many nice comments/greetings waiting for me on my blog :D Yeah, they really saved the day. Thanks a million!

Right now I’m relaxing for the first time this year, eating leftover osechi (New Year’s special dishes) I brought back in a tupperware container. At my parents’ house, I had fun but they – especially my sisters’ kids – kept me rather busy. The top photo is one of the osechi dishes we had at my parents' house. (More details will follow soon. ) My parents, too, must be eating the same thing again today :)
Jan. 5, 2005

I replaced the top photo. This is one of the (rental?) kadomatsu decoration they have now in front of the izakaya I work at. The osechi photo was moved to the next post. :)

* Oh, I'm using a special new year's template for my another blog until Jan. 7th, if you are interested.


Anonymous said...

A belated Happy New Year Obachan!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

This Osechi looks very beautiful and harmonious, waow!!!

Anonymous said...

akemashite omedetou gozaimasu!

you've done well last year with your blog. please keep it up!

i'm looking forward to more posts from your kitchen!

Rabbit Sim said...

Happy new year Obachan. The osechi looks absolutely scrumptious :p

FooDcrazEE said...

Delish looking seafood! Thats what Japanese Food is best at........can i have some

Anonymous said...

happy new year dear obachan...your takeaways from parents' home look like a beautiful edible table centerpiece. thank you for all the delightful reads and photos, more please! stel

Anonymous said...

Hello Obachan,

happy New Year and may 2006 bring you only goodness.

Your Blog is very very inspiring, please keep it up.

Thank You !

Unknown said...

Obachan , i laughed reading your story about your second day at work , i started a new job at a new restaurant today and I had hell when i thought it 'd be a quiet day....i cut myself , dropped things but my customers were happy anyway....
i am sending you the recipe i promessed as soon as i get 30 mn on my own (Bouillabaisse)....
Happy new year again !!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Obachan!
お帰りなさい! This may sound selfish, but I was so eagerly looking forward to your coming back and hearing all the interesting stories (and food) you will be telling us. Wouldn't you agree? また, 明けましておめでとうございます. 本年もどうぞよろしくお願い申し上げます.

Anonymous said...


We went to a local jinjya near Seattle to participate in Hatsumode, including observing O-Harae... Hiromi made a lot of Osechi foods, since we don't have quite the same depachika options here, and she wanted to give it a try. The results were very nice.

Alas, the new omamori for the car turned out to offer only minimal protection... This morning someone in downtown Seattle ignored a red light and drove into my car... though I'm ok, it was a bit ironic to happen so soon...

Anyway, best wishes for the new year, and here's to all of us making lots of good food this year!

obachan said...

Happy New Year to you, too!

This osechi isn’t very traditional, but my family likes it this way ;P

omedeto gozaimasu.
I’m glad that you liked what I put into my blog last year. Hope you keep coming back this year, too. :D

Rabbit Sim
Happy New Year! I liked most of the things in osechi this year, but there was one BIG mistake. I’ll post about it soon.

Oh, I’ll tell my parents. They still have a lot left at their house and they’d appreciate it very much if you could finish all the leftovers.

Uh…sorry, the top photo is not what I brought back from parents’ place. The photo is showing one of the “official” osechi dishes we had there. And there are more photos to come ;) Enjoy!

CJ’s Food & Discovery
Yeah, a lot better now. Thanks.

Anonymous commenter
Hello and thank you for dropping by. Best wishes for 2006!

OMG, you work at a restaurant, too? So glad to find someone to share my misery --- and laughter, too --- in that kind of work environment with. Hope you didn’t get hurt too much. Don’t worry about the recipe. It can wait ;) Take care!

No I don’t think you said anything selfish. It was flattering ;) 今年もよろしくお願いします。

Her osechi is fantastic!! You are so lucky that you started off the new year with such gorgeous osechi dishes. I mean it. Sorry to hear about the accident but I’m so glad that you are OK.. Oh, but don’t underestimate the effect of omamori--- the accident must have been worse without it. :)

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Obachan! I hope your shin feels better. I'm looking forward to another year reading your posts! ^_^

obachan said...

Happy New Year! My leg still hurts, but I’ll be OK soon. What a scrumptious project you did! I’ll come to your blog before midnight. Thanks!

Thanks for your nice comment. I’m feeling better now. Best wishes for the new year! :D

Anonymous said...

This decoration is so nice! Is it a mikan that fruit? I have watched 紅白歌合戦 on 31st! But in California they didn't show who won! -_-

obachan said...

OH, they didn't show which side won? I think it was shiro-gumi that won. My family isn't crazy about Kohaku any more...

obachan said...

Oh, I forgot this...
Yes, the fruit is "daidai" orange.