Happy New Year! 2015 was a strangely neutral year for me, so I’m hoping that 2016 will be a little more exciting. (I mean, it probably will, since hopefully by the end of 2016 I will have graduated, have a job, and a new place to live !)

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Ringing in the New Year

I spent New Year’s Eve at a Berkeley friend’s party. Somehow, the year after all of my friends graduated and living apart ended up being the year we all attended this party together.

Despite being a house party, as the night went on the guests of the party became steadily more inebriated. At one point, no restrooms were available as all of them were occupied by people who were vomiting.

My NYE  didn’t get too crazy though, because New Year’s Day is a very important holiday in Japanese culture and I had to be bright-eyed and fresh for the morning. In particular, the New Year’s Day breakfast is especially important, and certain festive food items are served.

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close up of our family’s new year soup [ お雑煮 ] each family has their own special recipe for this mochi soup. This recipe is from my grandmother’s side. It has a kelp and bonito base. Contains fish cake, spinach, chicken, mitsuba (Japanese cilantro), shiitake, and yuzu zest
My mom prepared a beautiful feast for us. (Full disclosure, she ordered a lot of the oseschi [お節料理] from Nijiya Market in Little Tokyo.) A lot of the food items have very pun-y significance. For example, the word for seaweed pouches sounds similar to the word for “joy” or “happiness” in Japanese, so by eating these pouches you are supposed to have a joyful upcoming year. I think Asian people really like making puns when it comes to holiday food items.

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Later, we went to get “artisanal donuts” from Donut Friends in Highland Park. Basically, my New Year’s was spent eating.

…and now, after watching all of Rihanna’s music videos in succession, I am about to get Boba in the Boba Capital in the U.S.




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