Well, Happy New Year to everyone.
Or as they say in Japanese, akemashite omedetou gozaimasu.
New Year's is the biggest holiday in Japan. Almost everything is closed for three days so people can go on their yearly visits to family members. It is a time of great merriment with lots of food and drinking.
Here we are visiting with Debe's Aunt and Uncle and Cousins.
They couldn't believe that Emi liked the "dreaded" natto.
Of course, all Pallmanns eat any and everything.
For kids it is especially exciting. They receive Otoshidama, or New Year's money from all their aunts, uncles, friends and any relation really. They make out pretty well too, as the gifts are anywhere from $10 - $100.
Emi even got from one of Debe's students.
Here is Debe's uncle Yoshio offering Otoshidama to Emi. You can just make out the bill in front of the oranges.
Finally, did you know that in Japan it is not only the year 2006? It is also Year 18 of the current Emperor, and it is also the year of the dog (from the Chinese calendar).