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Japan: Happy New Year

Happy new year to everyone! Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, I hope it’s interesting/useful.

I spent this new year holiday in Nagoya with the husband. We have had a lovely time visiting Gifu and Ise as well as enjoying all Nagoya has to offer (mostly food).

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First shrine visit of the year

Technically our first shrine visit was at 3am when we wandered to Namba Shrine after RockRock but we didn’t join the que and pray, just warmed ourselves by the fire and bought cute little NY snakes.

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Our first proper visit was to our local Tamatsukuri Inari Shrine.

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Queuing to get in.

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We said our prayers, drank some sake and walked around.

Hopefully this will bring us all good luck and a fresh start for the New Year!

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New Years Soba: Omisoka

Our last NYE in Japan we qued for over an hour at Kanda Yabusoba in Tokyo, we later saw it featured on TV the same evening!

This time we wanted to eat epic soba for new year as well. We googled ‘best soba in Osaka’ and found two candidates. James had the final vote and went for Genji Soba.

We were a bit late setting off and were worried that the que was so big we wouldn’t get in, luckily the place was very quiet.

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There were only 4 other people eating when we arrived. The waitress showed us the menu and said only two items were left (she later told us it was a special Omisoka menu). Soba with ebi or with mushroom. We ordered one of each.

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The food :

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The soba was delicious, delicately flavored, as was the green tea.

While we were eating we noticed the other customers coming to the kitchen to bow and give thanks to the chef for the tasty soba before leaving. When it was our turn to leave we were the only remaining guests and did the same. The lovely waitress who spoke a handful of English words brought the guest book for us to sign and a gift for me from the chef.

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We signed the book and had our picture taken for it, and asked for a picture in return!

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They asked us to visit again and I’m sure we will :)

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Happy New Year!

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Happy new year everyone!

I started this blog 365 days ago and since then I have made 58 posts.

I have been fortunate enough to visit:
Tokyo
Fujinomiya
Kawaguchiko
Top of Mt Fuji
Kyoto
Osaka
Kobe
Kawasaki
Kanagawa
Usami
Ito
Nagoya
Shizuoka
Hiroshima
Fukuoka
Nara
Okayama
Mt Koya

Ive spent half the year in my favorite country, met some lovely people, eaten some delicious food, and had some crazy adventures and beautiful moments. Overall I am very grateful for 2012, there has been bad news along the way too however.

I hope 2012 has been mostly good to you.

Lets hope 2013 is even more epic!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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