Friday, January 1, 2010

The Unicorn and the Wasp

「えーご無沙汰しております。皆さん、お元気でした?あそうですか。えー早速ですが皆さん、占い信じますか?私の場合どう しても今ひとつ信用出来 ないんで す。私のことを典型的な乙女座のA型という人がいます。頭が切れる割に情に流されやすく以外にミーハーである。性格は神経質でかなりねばり強い。うん、確 かに当たってます。しかし一番肝心なのは、私は、A型でもなければ、乙女座でもないということです。えー占いと言えば・・・」
『古畑任三郎: 岩田博士の 恐怖』

"Ehm, it's been a long while. How has everyone been? Is that so? Ehm, this is rather sudden, but do you believe in fortune telling? I for one can't believe any of it. They say I am the classic bloodtype A Virgo. A smart person who is easily moved to emotions and also trendy. A neurotic and stubborn personality. And yes, this is all true. But the main point is, I'm not bloodtype A, nor am I a Virgo. Talking about fortune telling..."

"Furuhata Ninzaburou: The Horrors of Professor Iwata"

Hey, 2010 is going to be the year of the Tiger. My year. Not sure if that's supposed to mean anything. This year I'll at least try to stop forgetting my camera. But I might as post these phone pictures. Myeah. Text will be minimum, I think. Anyway, the end of Time the year and the new year means mochi, Kouhaku Uta Gassen and Hatsumoude in Japan. And a new Doctor in the UK.

The first day of the winter vacation (Yes. Some time ago. Timey-wimey stuff.) we went to a sort of home for the elderly, where we did mochiduki, the process of making mochi by pounding rice. Which was fun. Pounding stuff. And eating mochi. Though I'm somewhat between neutral good and straight-out don't-like regarding mochi. Zouni, one of the New Year mochi specialties, though was a lot tastier then plain mochi. But nothing beats pounding stuff with a gigantic hammer.

And I still don't get why Japanese people go shrines when they don't even believe in the stuff. And after asking them, apparently Japanese people themselves don't understand why. They're slightly more consistent with Christmas, as this isn't a Christian country and thus stores are in business on the 25th. As well is university (but why~ is everyone going to KFC on Christmas?). But for the new year, we went to Hakozakiguu, a shrine which is pretty much next to the Hakozaki campus.

There was also a tamasaseri matsuri, which involved half-naked men fighting for possession of a ball while being splashed by water. And yes, it was quite cold. I say, wearing with three layers of clothing and a jacket and not getting splashed by water.

Also, visiting Shintou ceremonies right after watching Doctor Who is not a good idea. Instead of being mesmerized by the Shintou priests preparing the balls for the tamasaseri with several ancient sacred rituals, the only thought in my head was 'Timelords in silly hats'.

1 comment :

  1. Apparently, Christmas means chicken in Japan. No matter in what shape or form. Well, edible, but other that that it doesn't really seem to matter.