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  • 1.
    • Visiting the in-laws in the countryside of Nara (January 1, 2007)
    Some snaps from New Year’s day here in Japan
  • 2.
    • January 1, 2007 (A.M.)
    Enjoying a bite of “mochi,” a tasty part of “Ozoni,” a traditional New Year’s dish in Japan.
  • 3. Okasan going through the hundreds of New Year’s cards they received from friends, family, and former students. January 1, 2007 (A.M.)
  • 4. After a healthy New Year’s breakfast we feel strong and ready to hike to a nearby Shrine and then up the Ikoma mountain to visit the Temple. January 1, 2007 (A.M.)
  • 5. First we stopped by the local shrine...
  • 6. Heading up the long steps to the Hozanji Temple . January 1, 2007 (A.M.)
  • 7.
    • January 1, 2007 (A.M.)
    The final steps to the Hozanji Temple in Ikoma (Nara prefecture).
  • 8. This is a section of the main temple were people pray specifically for traffic safety for the coming year. The sign (right) says basically “Praying Place for Traffic Safety.” January 1, 2007 (A.M.)
  • 9. Crowd gathers near the Temple to buy some treats from the street vendors. January 1, 2007 (A.M.)
  • 10. Okasan and Garr toast the new year with a couple of cans of Kirin beer. January 1, 2007 (A.M.)
  • 11.
    • Mrs. Reynolds and her brother pose with a dish of “Takoyaki” (Octopus).
    Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds with beer and “Jagabata-” (a hot potato with heaps of butter).
  • 12. This sign says “Jaga bata-” (hot buttered potato). One of the many street vendors that were out for the new year crowds visiting the Temple. January 1, 2007 (A.M.)
  • 13. Garr examines his beer and hot buttered potato in front of the Hozanji Temple halfway up Mt. Ikoma.
  • 14. Okasan, Atsushi, Garr, and Otousan enjoy some yakitori. January 1, 2007 (A.M.)
  • 15. This sign says “Oobanyaki” (a kind of small pancake filled with sweet beans or custard cream). January 1, 2007 (A.M.)
  • 16. Enjoying a custard cream as Otousan poses for the camera. January 1, 2007 (A.M.)
  • 17. Hiking back down the mountain. The importance of balance... Stopping to say hello...
  • 18. See our pics from New Year’s 2006 (in Oregon/California) and pics from New Year’s 2005 in Nara, Japan.