Thursday, January 03, 2008

Happy New Year!

1/1/2008 Waiting for the First Sunrise of the Year...

The ocean was unbelievably calm that morning. The world was so quiet and serene. And ...
It was so darn cold!! :O

And Look!! The sunrise.

Unfortunately, I couldn't take a photo with my camera when the sun finally greeted us like this. There was something wrong with the SD card. I asked my sister to give me one of her photos that she took with her cell phone camera, and this is the one she sent me. Impressive, isn't it?

To be perfectly honest, our family did not have much luck at the start of 2008. My younger sister, her two kids and husband got stomach flu (I think that's what it was) one after another. Each member of our "cooking troop" messed up at least one food in our osechi feast. The ebifurai (breaded and deep-fried shrimp) my sis made was not salty enough, and the kazunoko (herring roe) I prepared was a bit too salty. And mom forgot to soak thin strips of kelp overnight so they were not soft enough in her zoni soup. :P

But still, we all enjoyed New Year's food and good chat together.
You know, the good thing about not making a brilliant start is that things can only get better after that. Right? ;)

After all, it was another peaceful and cheerful New Year's holiday. And I'm ready for a brand new start.
(Need a new daytime job!!)

* For those who are interested in my previous posts on our New Year's Day traditions:
- NYD 2005
- NYD 2006
- NYD 2007



Piccola said...

akemasite omedetou

Maud said...

Beautiful pictures! And a Happy New Year to you!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a wonderful sunrise! Happy New Year!



Anonymous said...

Beautiful picture. Happy New Year. I've been a fan of your site for a while and really enjoy reading about the foods you cook.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year!! It's very cold in NYC too!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photo! Happy New Year! I heard from my family in Uwajima it was so cold and snowing!

K and S said...

wonderful photos! Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Awesome.. Obachan..!

CookingDiva - Chef Melissa said...

Hola Obachan! Happy New Year from Panama!

Makoto said...

Happy New Year 2008!
Those are really beautiful photos!

Implosion said...

Obachan, best wishes for the year ahead. With your strength and serenity, I have a feeling that it will go just fine.

obachan said...

Happy New Year, everyone! Thanks so much for visiting my humble blog and leaving nice comments. :)

Akemashite omedeto! Wow, your Japanese is perfect. And thanks for being the first person to comment on my blog in 2008.

I got totally frozen while waiting for the sunrise, but I guess it was worth it. ;)

Thanks. The photo really makes me feel that it's time for a new beginning and I love it.

Wow, thank you for being a fan. That's really flattering. :D Hope you keep coming back in 2008, too.

I bet it is cold over there. Hope you had a wonderful holiday.

Was it snowing in Uwajima?! :O No wonder it was that cold on our side of the Shikoku island.

K & S
Thanks for frequenting my blog and wish you all the best for the new year. BTW, I might visit Kansai sometime this spring. ;)

Mama bok
Thanks. I wish everyone a bright 2008.

OH! How nice to hear from you. Sorry I haven't been to your site for a while, but I never forget you. Best wishes for 2008!

Happy New Year. I'm glad that you liked my photos. Hope you had a nice holiday.

It's so nice of you to leave such a kind comment. I'm not sure about the serenity part of me, but yeah, with the support and friendship from you guys, I can keep going. ;)

Anonymous said...

Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu!
I'm a little late getting my comment in, but I was hoping you could identify all the different items in your jubako. Its all very delicious looking and so beautifully presented. Something for me to keep in mind for next Oshogatsu.

obachan said...

Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu.

Thanks for your nice comment. I was too lazy to go into the details about the food in jubako this year. If you are interested, please click on the "NYD 2005" link I added at the bottom of the post. There I explained our osechi food in more details, and what we had this year was basically the same as that year. ;P