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This is just a short post about my friends and my hatsumoude, or first shrine visit of the year.  A bunch of people from the dorm including myself went down to a temple called Koushou-ji. There were quite a lot of people and food vendors and stuff which was nice, but since hatsumoude is supposed to be to a shrine not a temple, we set off on what would become a rather long journey to find a nice shrine to pray at. We eventually found one and there was no one there, so it was quite peaceful.


I wore my blue wool kimono with black accessories and I wore my awesome new haori that my friend’s hostdad bought me. The crests are nami-chidori and the lining has ume with a nightingale.


at Koushou-ji 興正寺で


the new haori  新しい羽織


at the small shrine 見つけた神社で

and then this was the view of Nagoya from the hill 坂からの景色

On New Years Day, we went to Atsuta Jingu, a very famous shrine, but there were a ton of people, so we just made our round and left. お正月に熱田神宮に行ったけど、人が多すぎたから、見回して出ました。

the line to go pray at the shrine 祈りに来た人々


Phipps New Years Visit 2011

Kim and I had been planning a new years trip to Phipps Conservatory for a while now, so we went on the 29th. The original plan was to wear tomesode or furisode, but I wanted to wear my new kimono  and with Kim’s gallstones, she wanted comfort, so we saved those plans for later.  The holiday displays were beautiful. There was a man and a woman playing Christmas songs on hand bells and tons of Christmas trees.

Kim and I with the enormous center Christmas tree. It was breathtaking.

The center tree. It was very tastefully decorated in silver and blue.

The tree was in perfectly still water, so all of the lights were reflected on the surface. A genius idea. It was amazing.

Whole set on Flickr here.