Tag Archives: New Year

The last day of the winter holidays

I received nearly 100 new-year cards. Since I was having fun with Katya in Tokyo, I did not have time to answer to them. So I devoted myself to writing them back from the morning. After the writing for hours, in order to have a rest, I took Maya-san to Takeda shrine. The parking lots were so full, and the cars were waiting on the road for the parking. Even on the third of January, people still came for the worship of the year. They were standing and waiting at the entrance for the worship. I am not religious and normally try to avoid formalism, so I did not enter … Continue reading

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First Walk in 2011

Katya and I left the hotel and visited my parents in Shimosuwa to say Happy New Year and to receive Maya-san. Maya-san was happy to see us for the first time this year. Mom prepared new year dishes for us. We got full.  I thank Mom.  She always cooks good meals for us. We left Shimosuwa.  No sooner than we arrived at our apartment in Kofu, we took Maya-san out for our first walk together. In this way, our year 2011 started.

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First Ski in 2011

We left Karuizawa Mura Hotel at 10 PM. We dropped by XIV Karuizawa, where we were going to stay this evening. We left one of our luggages in the hotel and had breakfast in the lounge. We often stay at XIV hotels enjoying their reasonable services. We drove for one and a half hour for skiing to Kusatsu Spa and Ski Area. We first went there last winter and liked it. On the way, we had a good view of Mount Asama, a volcano. The quality of snow was good for this season of the start of the year. It started snowing. After the ski, we went shopping at Karuizawa … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve and New Year, 2011

In Karuizawa Mura Hotel, we took a nap. We woke up. Katya talked with her family using Skype. With a taxi, we went to down town.  The city was so deserted, and we were disappointed. Near Karuizawa station, we found a Korean BBQ restaurant, ITADORI, suitable to celebrate the end of the year. We took Sake. “Very Spicy Soup”  was not that spicy but tasted good. BBQing started. Beef stew was delicious. We got full!  We moved to Mampei Hotel, an oldest Western-type hotel in Japan, established in 1884.  I knew the history and I wanted to visit. Not to stay but to celebrate a New Year in their old … Continue reading

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