Yet, December is a festive time regardless, and this month is filled with special events such as bonenkai (end-of-the-year parties, beware of those last trains....), Christmas markets and art exhibits, and well, I do love illuminations and gingerbread lattes. The cold weather is the perfect excuse to stay home and curl up with a cup of hot cocoa (thanks to Christine for the delicious flavours from home!!!) and watch Christmas movies (I'm not embarrassed to admit that National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is at the top of my list).
My new living situation is also allowing me more fun stuff, such as having the girls over for copious amounts of wine and a plethora of snacks, or having a little Japanese cooking session with a pro, complete with gingerbread cookies hailing from Sweden, organic carrot juice and lots of tea. This time, we made kimchi nabe, which is a regular hot pot of pork, tofu and heaps of veggies spruced up with some kimchi- spicy!!
The nabe doesn't photograph so well, so here are some photos of the past few weeks that make me so happy, because I had the chance to do so many cultural things. I'm also serious again about studying Japanese to pass the JLPT, so help me please.... resources, tips, any suggestion is welcome. Immersion time!
Photos by Maaserhit Honda
|Learning about a traditional heating system at the museum|
(pretending I fully understand...)
|Captured before all those leaves began to fall.|
|Getting kimono styled- this is the undergarment|
|This made me feel like a princess. I want to wear a kimono every day!|