Best Wishes

Hello! Welcome back to my blog. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. We sure did. Our trip to Hawaii went by way too fast, though. I've been scrapbooking our pictures, which is kind of, sort of, maybe a little, like reliving our vacation in paradise. 
We made it back to Japan for New Year's Day. We were somewhere over the Pacific Ocean during the actual dropping of the ball. I was wondering if they'd celebrate on the plane. Turns out you get a champagne toast when you cross time zones during New Year's. 

Back in Tokyo we participated in the New Year's custom of visiting a Shinto shrine to pray and make a wish for the New Year. We layered on our winter clothes and headed to Meiji Jingu Shrine in Harajuku. I had no idea there would be so many people there. We overheard several people saying the wait to get to the shrine was over an hour. 
With 2 little kids, an hour wait in the chilly weather was not so appealing. So I snapped some pictures of the beautiful sake barrels that line the path to the shrine and we headed to a cozy restaurant in Omotesando instead. 
Later, we paid a visit to the shrine down the street from our apartment and made our New Year's wishes. 

This is going to be a good year, I can just feel it. For starters, one of my DIY projects will be featured in the February/March issue of Readymade magazine! I'm super excited about that. Readymade is such a cool magazine and having my project in there is a great way to kick off the year. 

Stick around for some DIY projects and a little reminiscing over the Hawaii trip this week and next! 


fatim said…
Hi Ms Vanessa, it's good to hear from you and Happy New Year. I have see that the sake barrel has many different pictures, is it like some sort of .... flavor differentiation or anything? ^_^
Vanessa said…
hi Fatim. you know, i'm not really sure how it works. i believe they are all different brands of sake. something to look into : )

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