New Year's was great. I got 10 days off, so my mom, dad, and sister came out to visit. We toured Tokyo, Kyoto, then ended up in Tottori. Sarah and I went a New Year's party at our hotel in Kyoto. It was fun despite the fact we were by far the youngest people at the party. I even got the hammer to smash open the New Year's sake barrel.
I recently went to a "nabe party" hosted by a friend. 4 people including me gathered around a small table with a large hot pot of nabe (a dish made by steaming veggies and other goodies in a mixture of soy sauce, sake, and water). It was a great challenge for me cuz none of