Happy New Year!
We started it off with a walk to the local shrine to be blessed for the coming year.
We being the girls, me and neighbour W. K and neighbour W's husband were of course at the annual New Year's Day Official Drinking Party For Men that starts at 9:00am.
The girls led the way as we went to purify ourselves at the water basin at the entrance.
But it wasn't to be.
We remained impure.
But I think everyone else there must have, too.
Safety in numbers, hey?
Well indoctrinated in the Japanese education system Meg decreed that pretending to purify yourself is just as good. It's the process not the end product.
And so they did.
And we went and prayed and got the girls their New Year's Fortunes.
Amy got Luck and the all important education line said 'if you put in the effort you'll get results.' She was quite happy with this and brought it home.
Meg got Small Luck and the education line was 'there will be too many regrets.' She was horrified and tied her fortune to the wires outside the shrine to be burnt by the priests and have her bad fortune waft heavenwards and release her from its grip.
I forgot my wallet and had to use the 200 yen my neighbour returned to me on our walk to buy the girl's fortunes. I'm really not sure what kind of omen that is for my year ahead....
I think I have until the 7th to get my fortune so will just have to try again.
It's a nice walk anyway!