Did you know that it's a Blue Moon tonight? Here's what I got from the ABC network website:
..."The term "blue moon" generally refers to the second full moon in a month and occurs just once every 2.7 years. The last blue moon to shine on New Year's Eve was 19 years ago, in 1990."...
We're having my brother and his family here to celebrate the start of the New Year. My mother is happy to celebrate the day with traditional Japanese New Year foods (osechi). The photo at right is from the Tokyo Food Page website.
We're going to have some noodles today at lunch time. The long noodles signify long life. We're making chicken and beef teriyaki sticks (not because it's traditional but because my brother's family likes them), kazunoko (herring roe), rice, kabocha (pumpkin), ogo (seaweed), kamaboko (fish cake), mizu yokan (sweet azuki bean dessert). My brother's family, nephew and wife will be bringing the sushi and a dessert.
I hope we'll be able to hear each other in the din of the explosions, I mean celebrations. I'll try to videotape it to give you a very small taste of Hawaii New Years fireworks.
Happy New Year, everybody!
I need to get downstairs and help my mom with the cooking.