January 17, 2009

New Year's Trip

In this new year vacation, we went back to my hometown Shizuoka-city. (Maps)

For our baby, This is his first long trip by car, because we departed at midnight 2 o'clock, 31. Dec for cost saving ( we could save superhighway's fee by 50% off if we used it between 0-4 o'clock ) and arrived at shizuoka about 8 o'clock AM. It is about 370 km drive.
Before going directly back to my parent's home, we drop to my grandfather and grandmother's grave (above pictures ), because my wife wanted to express her thanks to have our children. (she said we had a child after visiting my grandfather & grandmother's grave).

( in our car at morning )

So we arrived my parent's house about 10 o'clock AM. My parents met him once when he was born after 1 week, so my parents was so pleased with him.

At lunch time, we went to "shoan" neay parent's home which my wife liked very much, because she liked "kakiage-don"( rice served in a bowl with fried small shrimp ) very much. I like "oden" very much because shizuoka-city is famous for "oden" and taste good !

( kakiage-don )

( oden )

In front of this restaurant, we could see Mt. Fuji over there. At shizuoka, we can enojoy Mt. Fuji's scenary and very beautiful especially in winter time because they had snow at the top. (we couldn't see Mt. Fuji from Osaka ! )

And 1-st day had passed.

Jan. 1, 2009

We ate "osechi" ( japanese new year's breakfirst, lunch, dinner ) to celebrate our new year.

( My sister's daughters )

Osechi was consist with various nutriments and preserved in a certain period so we could save cooking at New Year's season. After breakfirst, my son received "otoshi-dama" ( a New Year's present included with money ) from my father.

( They enjoyed playing )

Maybe, our son might enjoyed very much because he had little chance to play with children with almost same age.

And so on, 2 days had passed very soon and we left Shizuoka at midnight 3 o'clock AM, Jan. 2.

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