A New Year has come. I wish all of us will go well this year as usual.
|The first day of the New Year opened in calm cloudy and we couldn't see
the first sun rise.
I dear say that I prepared the special dishes to celebrate the new morning. I was somewhat uneasy in the late December because my husband had been hospitalized for five days until December 29.
|Now, we could welcome the New Year in home. After the breakfast, we visited Hayashi Shrine nearby on foot. This is our usual ceremony.|
|The Tohoku region Disaster last year taught me the
importance of the usual life.
The Roubai apricot smiled at us on the path to the shrine.
|Hayashi shrine is at hand from home. When my son was an elementary school boy, he learned Japanese fencing here.|
|At that time the shrine looked very old and devastated, but
it was partially rebuilt and became beautiful.
The people under the protection of the local deity make a bonfire.
|Many lanterns will make a fantastic scene in the night.|
|On this main stage, my son learned the fencing. The floor is now beautifully polished.|
|I prayed for the well-being of my family and dedicated our deep concern to the victims and sufferers of the Touhoku calamity and wished the quick reconstruction of the area.|
|Then I consult an oracle. The written fortune said that I would have the best of luck. I was delighted.|
|We warmed up ourselves by the bonfire. The shower of falling
sparks will bring us the health shutting off the colds.
I wish the New Year will be a good year for all.