Ziggy Becket (ziggybecket) wrote,
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More New Years Temples

So the last temple we went to in Tsukuba, we went right after the new year arrived right after midnight.

During the day we went to another temple, this time a Shinto shrine. The one we went to earlier was a Buddhist shine. Again we went to give a prayer but this time there were lots of vendors as we were entering the temple.

Of course I posted a few pictures and the amazing dinner we had afterwords. X-D


The temple that we were heading too The temple that we were heading too



I think these are some tomb stones with people's names on them. They lined the entrance of the temple.
Whole grilled Aiyu for 500 yen (about $5) Whole grilled Aiyu for 500 yen (about $5)

The line of people waiting to get to the Shinto shrine The line of people waiting to get to the Shinto shrine



Some of the sweets you can buy there. This one is various fruit on a stick surrounded in a sugar candy that's hard when frozen, but dissolves in your mouth.
A little girl choosing a bucket of candy A little girl choosing a bucket of candy

Someone lighting up some incense. Someone lighting up some incense.



So this fire, you're supposed to wave some of the smoke around you to for good luck in the coming year.
Chocolate covered bananas on a stick. Chocolate covered bananas on a stick.

They were quite good. :)


Japanese charms, so to speak. You buy one and make a wish. You then draw in one of the eyes to represent the wish. When the wish comes true you fill in the other eye.


The "Miko" were selling charms and other things at the shrine.
New Years Feast New Years Feast

fter we came back we had this huge feast. Man, were do I begin.

We all had flavored rice cooked with veggies and a bowl of tofu. The lacquered box at the end of the table contained all sorts of different fish cakes, seaweed wraps and chestnut paste that was amazingly good.

The next bowl was fatty pork that had been cooking in the pressure cooker for several hours. It was so tender and amazingly tasty. The fatty parts just melted in your mouth. Yah, it's bad for you (probably) but damn it was so good! I kept eating and eating that. O:)

The small bowl of red stuff is kimchi.

The final large bowl is a bowl of several roots that have been bowling since, I think yesterday. It included things like bamboo, lotus root, carrots and a really long Japanese root that we can't seem to find a translations for. I saw Grandmother bring it in yesterday and it was at least 3 ft long. Everything was so good.

I ate until I was about the burst. X-D

Oh yah, the big bottle was sake, like, really good sake. Let's ignore how much of that I drank... :> Which isn't a lot considering my lack of constitution. O:)

Tags: food, japan, new years
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