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.
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. ^^
I went to Akihabara with my homestay student and their friends and host families.
The students wanted to go Animate.
It was first time visiting for me and nice experiences.
We also visited a Meid Cafe in Akihabara.
This was a fun place I never experienced too.
The food was so cute and tasty! My homestay student was a begitarian. They cooked a salad for her. ^^
Then we went to a Cats Cafe later.
There were many cute cats in cafe and we played with then for a while.
We also had a BBQ Party with another host families at a park.
It was nice to talk another people.
I also invited her brother to my house and had takoyaki party together.
He worked at a Japanese company as an internship student from this spring in Japan. It’s very nice to hear about his experiences for my kids. My kids were very interested in his talk and that was very good experiences for them.
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. ♡
I went to Aizu in Fukushima with my family during Golden week (long Japan’s holiday in May). We went from Shinjuku expressway bus terminal. It took about 4 hours to get to my hometown. May is a good season for watching fresh green forests and beautiful flowers. ^^ We enjoyed staying my parents’ house and visited nice shops and restaurants in this trip. ♪
Aizu cotton maker “IIE Lab”
Italian Restaurant “Ristorante Luce（リストランテルーチェ）”
Japanese Restaurant “Takino（田季野）”
Japanese Restaurant “Tsuruga（鶴賀）”
We met a private mascot “Otane-kun（おたねくん）” on the street. ^^