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05 February 2007 @ 11:31 pm
Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi! Out with the bad spirits! In with the good luck!

Last Saturday was Setsubun. It's traditionally a holiday of spring cleaning of sorts, to usher out the bad spirits and bring good luck for the coming year. It's to mark the beginning of Spring (though spring doesn't start officially for a little while yet). It's really a lot of fun. =^__^= Traditionally, everyone gathers to throw dried soybeans at an ogre (oni)-dressed person, and symbolically drive the bad vibes out of the house. Afterwards, you're supposed to eat one bean for every year of your life, and sometimes one more for the upcoming year. (I couldn't finish mine, lol.... they taste a little like super-bland peanuts)

This year, I celebrated with the students at school on Friday, and then went with Eda to Kichijoji park and walked around, taking in the shrine (and incidentally the nearby Baskin Robbins =D) and the gorgeous weather. It's been sooooo nice recently, and is starting to get warmer (aka not AS freezing.. maybe the 40s or low 50s F) and warmer more consistently. My only regret is that it's not light outside for enough hours everyday. I love sunlight, it's got this magical power to lift your mood, and really, I think that it's something beautiful. =^-^= I also looked at apartments in the area, because that is where I'm planning to move. Also may get a roommate this time, possibly.... We'll see!

I have a few more pictures to share:

The gate to the shrine in Kichijoji park. People were handing out bags of treats to all of the kids that came by =^-^=

A picture of the back of the shrine from around the lake. I really like the colors of the shrine on this one, compared to the surrounding dull remains of winter. =D

A surprise at Jonathan's, which is a family restaurant: Tomato ice cream?!?! I kept thinking that it was strawberry (they're also running a special on strawberry desserts simultaneously) until I looked closer!!

Also: Spaghetti with crab and American sauce. We were wondering, what kinds of Americans did they use in the sauce? Mmm, Americans, yummy! =D

Children at one of my schools giving me a concert. =^____^= They played the mickey mouse club march, it was really cute!! ^^

I was wondering what it would look like to do a doodle with markers and pencil instead of ink, so I did this in 10 minutes or so:

...apparently it's not the greatest.... but I should use colored pencils next time. I realized that I'd left mine at school so I didn't have them on hand. Next time! ^^ It was really fun drawing the dark hair though! I don't draw it often enough!

A japanese hearse. =D They're really neat-looking. I snapped this with my ketai camera as I walked by.. I didn't want to disturb anyone to get a better picture this time. ^^;;

UFO, instant version!! =D It's with the ramen, but as I (and most everyone I know eventually, XD) found out, it's.. not. It's actually yakisoba, but that would kind of be complimenting it. Let's just say, it's NOT good.... ^^;;;

That's all (for the moment) folks!! ^o^//
ルリ: Good Orientaldemonruri on February 5th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
Hm American sauce, since when did we ever have a sauce? We usually steal from the italians...unless they think we suddenly made tomato sauce.

Dude 8 bucks for a basic spagetti meal O_O;;; that better be some GOOD tasty americans in there.
space between what you remember & what you're toldryu_no_sora on February 5th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
The park and shrine look gorgeous :D It sounds like you had an awesome Setsubon!

I've had that UFO stuff before! I love yakisoba so muchhh~ and was (like you) disappointed by UFO's taste. Mine was weird and chunky even after "cooked" :\
☆チャーリーちゃん☆: DN-L-Smilecharlie_chan on February 5th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
tomato icecream!? x__0 what next, i swear!? lol
and the shrine on the lake is so pretty! i remember setsubun fun! but i actually liked the taste of the beans and ate more than my age XD;; eheh
アナベル: A.R.A.S.H.I.hikaru_yui on February 5th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
waaa as always good draws!!! *__* I want one for myself XDD o__o it seems great! >.> I want to go to Japan soon. My trip is on december... I only hope to get all the money that I need jajajaja... and have tickets for the Johnny's countdown! XDDD

waaa a concert for you, that's cute! n.n

Long time no post a comment here... but ^^ I'm alive xDDD

*hugs* Enjoy!
Miharuru ( ミハルル)miharuru on February 5th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
Tomato Ice cream? LOL :X That must be... erm... good? Why is everyone creating the most bizarre ice cream flavors?
I used to play that flute in school (but my flute was white, the sound of the black ones is weird, and they have 2 more holes or something like that XD)
I wish I could paint like that :X
Linstarrbeam on February 5th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
Tomato ice cream? Oh ^。^ Yummy XD
C L O V E R: life sucks!idyllica on February 5th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
Tomato icecream? WTF. I wouldn't want to try that. Its so cold! >O
Aya: Adachiiceblueaya on February 5th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
Tomato ice cream?! Interesting...

While it's warm in Japan, it's cold in New York -_-" The degrees is around in the 20's here...

I love the sun, too!
Amiya: Jolin Tsaixamiyax on February 5th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
Tomato ice cream and American sauce --> nice ^_^

Beautiful pictures of the shrine
❮CHIIAE❯: MooCowchiiae on February 5th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
Mmm, yum...tomato ice cream o_o;; I like the pumpkin one better...
That's a beautiful picture of the shrine with the lake~
Chiakichiaki777 on February 5th, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)
Ahhh silly Japanese people and their food.... Kabocha ice.... pumpkin icecream? ......
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on February 6th, 2007 05:19 am (UTC)
Maybe I've been in Japan too long, but... isn't pumpkin ice cream a normal flavor? Not the most common, but I'm sure that I've had it at Baskin Robbins and Coldstone in the states...
Chiakichiaki777 on February 6th, 2007 05:21 am (UTC)
I suppose, it is sweet enough to be considered a viable flavor..... but I guess I'm too accustomed to only eating vanilla and mint icecream :P
Eajoa on February 6th, 2007 12:47 am (UTC)
I saw that tomato thing when I was there after a musical in Roppongi the 25th december xDD I meet the crazy dude in the Prince of Tennis trio. The one that talks too much with the eyebrows. He was in it.

Anyway, I was disgusted by the very thought of tomato icecream xD

And, yes, yummy americans! *bites*
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on February 6th, 2007 05:20 am (UTC)
Talks too much with the eyebrows? I'm not sure who that is (there's so many!) but that's hilarious. =D I love your description!

Eat me? =D I'm an American!!
Eajoa on February 6th, 2007 11:08 am (UTC)
Talks to much. (period) With the eyebrows xDDDD Omg! *laughs* You know, the trio in PoT, one has a dorky hair cut (bowl haircut), one is almost shaved and the third has ONE eyebrow~ xD

I'm SO trying not to think dirty when you said that *laughs* xD
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on February 6th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
Oooh!! LOL now I know who you're talking about! XD;;; Awesome. =D I'm glad that he's still got a lot of work! ^^
Eajoa on February 6th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
*smiles* Yes, and he was awesome too! ^^
Sakura Moonselenity136 on February 6th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
Tomato flavored ice cream (O.O). I guess if you want the little tykes to eat tomatos, this is the best way to go.

Oh this may seems out of nowhere, but I was wondering about the trains in Japan. I know they're the main transportation for most people over there, but how does it work? I never been on a subway in the US before so I wouldn't know.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on February 6th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
I'm not really sure how to answer you... You just buy a ticket and wait for the train to come, then get on. To get most places, you often have to switch trains at some point.
Yuviyuvi on March 8th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
That is a nice tradition to have, it must really rejuvenate you :)