Wednesday, January 5, 2011
There's No Place Like Home
Akemashite Omedetoo Gozaimasu.
In case you're wondering about the photo above, that's how we celebrate the New Year in Hawaii. Culturally, we pop firecrackers to chase the bad spirits away; pop-culturally we do it for the fire and explosions.
If you have never spent a New Year's Eve in Hawaii, you are missing out. The food is great and there are firecrackers galore (until 2011 becomes 2012). I think I would feel totally discombobulated without all the noise and smoke.
Other New Year's traditions include cleaning the house (again, to get rid of all the bad spirits), pounding mochi, and eating ozoni and kuromame.
The mailbox has been through quite a lot over the years. This is how it looked in the first few minutes of 2011.