Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Happy New Year!

Akemashite Omedeto-gozaimasu! Happy New Year to everyone.

I suppose there’ll be plenty of family drinking otoso (special sake) and eat osechi-ryori with ozoni (a soup containing rice cakes) on the morning of New Year's Day.

And of course the exchange of nengajyo or New Year’s card would be in order. To ensure the cards are received on time come Jan 1, post offices around Japan hire part-time workers to deliver the huge amount of cards to be delivered precisely on Jan 1. This is very interesting to me, because here post offices will cease sending anything come public holiday even those through PosLaju.

And for the kids, I guess they look forward to the gift of money, given by relatives and known as otoshidama (much like our Duit Raya or New Year Angpow, right?)

What I’d like to get my hands on are those Fukubukuro (lucky grab bags) are sold at department stores during the New Year holidays.

What’s your celebration like? Any New Year resolution made for the new year? Did you manage to fulfill all your 2008 resolution? :P

I think I managed to stay true to my resolution (well, 80% of it, anyway). 2009, here I come!

15 comments:

  1. I have no new year resolutions, because I always don't keep them. haha....

    Happy New Year!

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  2. Hi i discoverd ur blog thru google search on over time drama! I must say u r really a fan of japan. I love watching Japanese dramas too, especially Beautiful Life and Attention Please.

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  3. Hi I found your link from Entrecard and I also have Travel Blog just like yours so it would be nice to exchange link. If interested plz add my link http://travelaroundtheasia.blogspot.com/ with the Title "Travel Around The Asia". Thanks :)
    Regards,
    Varun

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  4. Dear Lina,

    As the end of 2008 is drawing near,
    Gone are Santa and his reindeers,
    And we all switch to high gears,
    To celebrate the countdown of the coming year.

    I want to let you know you’re a great blogger,
    So much so that I’ve made myself your Follower,
    It does not matter whether you are far or near,
    You’ve brought me much laughters and tears.

    So before you get drunk with that last glass of beer,
    Waiting for 2009 to appear,
    Let me wish you now and here,
    A very happy & smashing new year!!

    : )

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  5. @MBL,
    and to you too!

    @ECL,
    hahaha.. that's because your life is already awesome without a resolution anyway :P

    @Guan,
    would you believe that I didn't watch Beautiful Life? It was on TV late at night many years ago and I never got interested in the drama but my hubby never missed an episode. LOL
    Glad to know another J-Drama fan here. :-)

    @Varun Gupta,
    I'll check out your site first. :-)

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  6. @foong,
    and to think all I wish to you was a simpe Happy New Year. :D

    To everyone:
    thanks for commenting and hope you enjoy celebrating the New Year!

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  7. Have a happy year ahead!
    Be healthy and kawaii! :P

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  8. Happy New Year 2009 and Salam Maal Hijrah 1430

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  9. @Sher,
    same to you!

    @bintang,
    semoga kita berhijrah untuk menjadi insan yang lebih baik. Let us strive to be a better person next year. :-)

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  10. Hi lina, you have a nice blog here and I like japanese stuff too :D

    I'll be dropping by regularly. :)

    Here's wishing you a wonderful year ahead.

    The Gift of a New Year

    Here’s to the year
    that’s almost past its expiration date—2008.
    We all had some surprises, didn’t we?
    Some good, some distressing.
    Let’s use everything we got from our experiences,
    everything we learned,
    to enrich the new year.

    Here’s to the new year, 2009,
    a gift we haven’t opened yet.
    May its bright, shiny package
    contain even more than we hope for.

    And even while we’re delighting in new treasures,
    let’s appreciate fully what we already have—
    the blessings we take for granted.
    Make a list, and check it twice.

    And here’s to all you wonderful people
    (wave glass around to encompass the whole group)
    who are putting up with my toast;
    I hope in the new year
    you see yourselves the way I see you:
    intelligent, interesting, and likable.

    (Raise glass) To 2009:
    May it give a whole new meaning
    to the phrase, "the good life."

    By Joanna Fuchs

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  11. ha, u can watch alot of japanese dramas and other country's on mysoju.com they have english subs!

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  12. @Jim,
    likewise, I'll make a point to visit yours often too. :-) & thanks for the poem.

    @Gua,
    Cool! Thanks for the info.

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