Friday, December 28, 2007

Happy New Year!

In Japan, Christmas is purely a fun, imported event whereas New Year's is the time for families to get together and eat traditional food. H's holiday started today so tomorrow we're off for a few days to visit with the in-laws.

As for blogging, I've finished the 2007 challenge wrap-ups and I'll post my best reads of 2007 and other book stats for the year, when I get back in January. In the meantime I wish you all a very Happy New Year!

P.S. As much as I keep wishing, no, we haven't had any snow. (Although there's a chance it'll snow where we're headed. Fingers crossed!) But I felt like a change to something wintry so the new header picture is from the one snow day we had on Jan. 21st, 2006. See you next year!


  1. Happy New Year! I hope you have a fun celebration :-) Have some traditional foods for me...take some pictures, too?

  2. Janet- Thanks! We're both taking our cameras because we'll be doing a bit of sightseeing too this time, so yes there will be pictures. :)

  3. I have a wonderful new year, Tanabata! I look forward to your best of list next month!

  4. Have a great time, and happy new year!

  5. Happy New Year, Nat. Hope you get your snow. We had a dusting this morning. It sure seems like we've had a lot this year. I'm ready for spring. :)

  6. Nymeth- Thanks. I hope you have a great year and enjoy the rest of your time in England.

    Les- LOL! Not spring already?! ;)
    Thanks though. I hope 2008 is a good year for you.

  7. Wishing you a Happy New Year. And that you can have some snow also!

  8. Funny... I thought I had left a comment here... seems it has been lost by those guys on Blogger center... well, no problem...

    Let me wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR and that all of your dreams come true!

  9. Happy New Year to you and yours. I look forward to reading your comments on the best reads of 2007. I also look forward to learning more of your life in Japan in 2008.

    Kind Regards always, XINE

  10. Happy New Year! Have a good holiday. There's no snow here (SE England), quite mild today. I like the new background to your blog and a lovely picture (as always!)

  11. this is the pretties your blog has ever been :) ! Love it !

    Happy new year !

  12. Happy New Year!! I hope you have a wonderful one!!

    Love the new colors, by the way!!

  13. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  14. Happy Holidays and have a wonderful new year, Tanabata! I look forward to your post on best reads of 2007.

  15. Ooh pretty picture. Wishing you all the best in the new year and I can't wait to read your best reads list :)

  16. Happy New Year, Nat - have a great time!!!

    Sending snow wishes, also.

  17. I like the change in your blog's look (what an excellent picture in the banner!: gray, as mine is, too.
    The ice is so beautiful on the branch with the contrast of the red berries.

    Now, I have a question. I have read half of Murakami's book of short stories, and half of Kawabata's stories (First Snow on Mt. Fuji) and this is what I want to ask: Do Japanese authors deliberately not tie all the pieces of their stories together? I am enjoying them for a 'slice of life', but as far as making a cohesive whole, I don't get it. I just would value your opinion on this aspect, short stories, because the Japanese novels seem much more pulled together. Each piece fits, whereas in the stories I feel like I'm dangling.

    Oh, and Happy New Year! :)

  18. quintarantino- You did leave a comment, sorry. Because I was away, they didn't get published until now. And thanks, I hope all your dreams come true too!

    Christine- Thank you! I hope you and your family have a wonderful year this year too.

    BooksPlease- Thanks. I'm quite pleased with the lighter background. And we did have a good holiday. Hope the rest of yours was good too.

    Cathrine- Thanks! :)
    Happy New Year to all of you as well.

    Stephanie- Hope you have a wonderful year this year as well.

    Teresa- Same to you! :)

    Happy Reader- Thanks. I hope this year is a good one for you and your family!

    Iliana- I wish you a very happy year in 2008! I'm looking forward to catching up and reading everyone else's lists too.

    Nancy- Thanks. A good time was definitely had! And I got to enjoy some snow too! :)

    Bellezza- I was thinking of changing it and I really liked yours with the grey background. :)
    As for your question about Japanese authors and short stories, I'm not sure I'm the person to ask as I've only read short stories by Murakami and Kawabata myself. But of these 2, I think Murakami often, even in his novels, leaves things dangling without a clear ending. It's what one comes to expect from him. And Kawabata seems to be known for his slice-of-life stories. I guess we'll both have to try reading someone else's short stories to compare. :P

  19. Tanabata, thanks for getting back to me on this. Isn't it so like a teacher, looking for the "right answer" when really, can't I just accept a story as a reflection on life? I think I just have to read them, and accept them, for what they are instead of looking for some deeper truth.

  20. Bellezza- LOL! I've never been good at finding the 'deeper truth' in literature so I always try to just enjoy them for what they are. I'm curious though if it's a common feature of Japanese authors. Another incentive to keep reading. :)


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