My New Year’s Day

Dear Friends,

            Happy New Year! This is the year of the Rabbit.  Today Phuong and I went to the Koyasan’s Buddhist Temple’s New Year Goma (Fire) Ceremony. It is my family’s tradition to go to the Shingon Temple for New Years day to get our yearly Omamori’s and Ofuda (Good Luck charms). We also got blessed by Miyata Sensei, Koyasan’s previous Bishop. After the service we went back to our main Temple Higashi Honganji for the New Years lunch of various Japanese dishes and a bowl full of Ozoni, special soup with Mochi balls floating in it.

Higashi Honganji's Altar for the New Year

            Sorry that I didn’t write anything for the last day of the year. Last night we went to our Temple Higashi Honganji for the Year end service and Soba eating contest. Phuong was the big winner eating a total of 13 bowls of soba, I only ate 8 bowls because I got the hiccups in the middle and couldn’t keep going. Damn hiccups, lol. So, this is how we celebrate the Japanese New Year. After that we went to the Burbank 16 AMC to see TRON and got out of the movie ten minutes to midnight. I had posted a brief New Years greeting, when I got home around 12:30 pm, I posted it then and now moved it to right before midnight to close up session XX.

            Welcome to Session 21 and I will be with you writing my letters for another two months. I would like to wish everyone have a Happy, Safe and Prosperous New Year.

In gassho



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. 2due
    Jan 01, 2011 @ 18:44:09

    Posts with food are awesome. As a non Japanese, can I go to the temple and observe? Is there an English service?


  2. purpletortoise
    Jan 02, 2011 @ 22:28:04

    You are welcome to come to my Temple to observe our services. My Temple is Higashi Honganji 505 East Third Street in Little Tokyo. On the corner of Third and Central. The Family service is every 2nd Sunday at 10 am and all of our services are conducted in English.


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