To all the realders, I wish you a happy New Year and hope your frequent visit to this blog site.
How are you spending this New Year's holiday? I was really busy until New Year's Eve preparing for the New Year. The photo below was taken on 28th of December and you can see how rice cake is being made in traditional style.
I wish I could insert a movie so that you could listen to the pounding sound. I'll try to do so in near future.
Round shaped rice cake is called Kagami-mochi(kagami=mirror) and offered to Shinto gods or Buddhist deities especially during the New Year.
On the New Year's Eve, I went to Koryuji Temple with my husband to ring the temple bell. Every year, Koryuji Temple let people ring the bell from 23:45.
If you visit temples or shrines around 24:00 on New Year's Eve, you will be offered sweet hot drink or sake for free. Sorry for late information. I was really occupied. Please note this information for next New Year.
Akiko lives in a city next to Hakodate and loves to drive around Hakodate and surrounding area. I hope people who visit or live in the Southwest area of Hokkaido come to love the area, too. 函館の隣町在住で道南エリアのドライブ大好きAkikoです。道南を訪れたり、住んでいる人が土地を好きになってくれたらなぁ、と思います。