My favorite drink of the new year is hands down, amazake. It’s basically a taste of gentle rice porridgy goodness with a sake kick to it.

Keimei had a little. His reaction was priceless…


Keimei was able to score some New Year’s money from one of our relatives 😀


Another traditional Japanese New Year decoration. This time on our front door. It’s said to keep bad spirits away.

Kagami Mochi

In the spirit of Japanese New Year’s, my wife bought three of these things. Apparently, it’s a tradition to place these in the house. Then when New Year’s is over, we’d eat it.

Kagami mochi, made of rice harvested in fall of the same year, is thought to contain the pure spirit of rice and thus be possessed with toshigami, a yearly deity that is said to visit during the New Year’s period, bringing a good harvest and the blessing of ancestors, and the power of life, according to the Japan Kagami Mochi Association.

Japan Times