Hello dear readers, and Happy New Year!
I hope you are all doing well and have enjoyed your holidays and celebrations. I went back to the UK for three weeks to celebrate Christmas with my family there. I love spending time quietly at home at Christmas, chatting and watching ghost stories, and I really enjoyed myself.
I returned to Japan in time for the New Year holiday, which is one week. Again I had a quiet time, and according to my annual tradition I was ill (though thankfully not as badly as last year). I moved from a small apartment to a good sized house this year, and I got a kotatsu (heated table) and shougatsukazari (New Year decoration) to celebrate my first New Year there.
On the second, I went to Azusamiten shrine in Tachikawa for Hatsumode (first visit to a shrine of the year). It was pretty crowded and very cold! I wore my new-to-me Emily Temple Cute red wool coat and Innocent World Anniversary Teddy Bear Collection socks. Red is such a nice warm colour, it’s lovely to wear in winter!
People go to the shrine to pay their respects to the deities, and to buy omamori (lucky charms) and omikuji (fortunes). I am a bit wary of fortune tellers but I got an omamori. It’s good to carry soemthing to remind you to do your best!
This one is a charm for work. There are many kinds, for love, health, exams etc but I got this one because I want to try very hard with my work this year. 2014 was such happy year for me with a lot to be grateful for and I want to make 2015 the same.
I wish you all the best for the New Year and hope you can acheive your dreams and make new ones too! Thank you always for reading this blog and sharing my happiness.