永次 and I rang in the New Year by dining at Zen Gardens, a restaurant specializing in hot pots and and vegetarian Asian cuisine. I’ve been a little bummed lately that 永次 seems to be remembering the kanji faster than me. He could pick out several kanji in the menu! (But I’m not giving up, I’m just getting competitive in the healthy way!) Christmas of course was very busy for us, but we’re back to studying regularly now. And I have something very exciting to share next week involving immersion and our Christmas gifts! HOO HOO!
But speaking of holidays, it occurred to me (a little too late) that it would have been really nice to celebrate the New Year using some of the Japanese traditions, like making mochi on New Years day. I know that New Years is a really important holiday in Japan and I would have liked to write New Years cards and try out some of those traditional customs. But even though I missed New Years, there are still some great holiday opportunities just around the corner! Even though 永次 and I are far away from you dear reader, wherever you may be, we’d love to celebrate with you! Let’s please count on it!
That was such a Japanese way to say that! The immersion is seeping through!!
Anyway, I hope you all had a fabulous new year and are still going strong in your study!
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