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    Posted January 18, 2014 by
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    I was on TV!!

    Many Japanese go to shrines to pray and express appreciation of the previous year on New Year’s Day. They also pray for peace and health in the coming year. This is called Hatsumoude and is a Japanese custom. I participate in Hatsumoude every New Year's Day with my family in my home town in Shizuoka, which is a prefecture in the center of Japan. Shizuoka is famous for green tea and Mt. Fuji.

    We enjoyed toasted pieces of rice cake for our health this new year. It is said that we will not get a cold if we eat these toasted rice cakes at a Buddhist temple during the days following the new year. My family and I go to the same temple every New Year, including this one. Suddenly a cameraman from a local TV station came to shoot us eating our rice cakes. When we watched the local news on TV at house that night, we saw ourselves. This is a surprising and good memory for us.
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