The last event of December 2018 was a tour of Hagoita-ichi in Asakusa.
Hagoita(羽子板・はごいた) is a wooden raquet to play Hanetsuki(羽根つき). Hanetsuki is a traditional old style Japanese game like badminton of hitting a Hane (shuttlecock). Nowadays, we see traditionally decorated Hagoitas at Hagoitaichi in Asakusa.
There were some fun hagoitas with designs that have popular TV characters of this year on it. Many people came to watch these and were taking photos. ^^
It was a beautiful day and the Nakamise Street was already prepared for New Years.
I had guests in November and arranged a Takoyaki & Okonomiyaki party for them. They are all foreign university students who are studying in Japan.
We started by making nice takoyaki balls with everyone. Making perfectly round takoyaki balls is difficult, so it was a teamwork effort.
We also made Okonomiyaki in another hot plate a few times.
Afterwards, we made Yakisoba noodle. We were all full by the time we finished eating everything.
But we still weren’t finished until we have had some dessert. In the very end, we made sweets balls on the takoyaki machine using some pancake flour mix, bannanas, and chocolate chips. Everyone loved the sweet pancake balls too.
If they have plans to come back to Japan again, I hope we can cook and eat again together!
This takes place every November on the day of the Rooster. This year, there were three days of the Rooster.
This year, the third Torinoichi festival took place on a Sunday, so along with my Italian friend, we went to look around the Asakusa area and went to the Otori shrime.
There were so many people there and it was very lively. I was so happy to see my friend smile after she got a small Kumade with an Okame (a traditional Japanese mask of a smiling woman), which was her favorite. ^^
We went to a small Izakaya along the nearby street and had a toast with beer. ^^
We had a lunch meet up in August. ^^ Six members came and my children also joined in because they were on summer break!
I cooked spicy bean curry this time.
I also baked a cake for dessert and my children put strawberries on it for decoration. It was a very nice decoration! ❤️
For some people, it was the first time joining this luncheon so they introduced themselves to everyone and we all had a great time!
Everybody often travel around Japan and oversees. ♪ I usually see beautiful photos on my friends’ SNS. It was so exciting to hear about their wonderful experiences of their journey. They are very curious things for me. ^^
I went to Nikko with my home stay student and another host family. It was a exciting day trip by car from Tokyo. I haven’t been to Nikko for a long time.
We started to drive around 6 AM and took a short rest in a shop on the high way. Then we arrived at the Kegon Falls almost two hours later. It was a little rainy and foggy in the morning that day. The falls had high water volume because of a previous strong tyhoon.
We went to Toshogu Shrine next. Usually there are many people there but not so many people in the morning after the strong tyhoon. Luckly it was easy to get the tickets. Early bird catches the worm!
Gojunoto(Five-Story Pagota) was so beautiful!
These are the famous sculptures of the three wise monkeys in Toshogu.
We can see gorgeous decorations and colorful paintings.
There were more people coming in the afternoon. When we went back to the car, there were many cars waiting in the parking lot and the line was so long.
I enjoyed a grilled Ayu fish. This is one of my favorite foods. ♡