Hello, everyone. It’s been a while. How did you spend your holiday season? I hope that you’ll find hapiness and success in 2014. For Japanese, New Year’s day is more important than Christmas. Till the end of the year, we clean our house and prepare “osechi” the special dishes for the coming year. On New Years, we eat osechi foods with family and relatives. One of New Year’s foods is “zoni” vegetable soup. Japanese eat “mochi” rice cakes boiled in zoni on New Year’s Day. Not only that, we eat mochi with ground soybean, or sugar and soy sauce, in winter.
Near the end of the year, I happened to see rice-cake making (pounding boiled rice into mochi) festival by firefighters when I went to a shopping mall. Firefighters served rice cakes out to shoppers. Besides, they were giving a chance of riding a fire ladder truck to them.