Late Hina Matsuri with new friends

Empress Hina
Originally uploaded by M and C.
Tonight we were invited to a friend's house for a late Hina Matsuri celebration. We ate chirashi-zushi, clam soup, fried oysters, and strawberries with cream, as well as some tea sweets and green tea. She also did both of our names in calligraphy. My name when translated into four kanji characters means roughly - beautiful, poem, painting, blue jewels. You can't get much better than that. Our own attempts at calligraphy were not great, but she did some beautiful ones for us. She really enjoys speaking English, which is lucky for us because our Japanese is still rudimentary. It's really wonderful to be invited to someone's home here and to be fed home-cooked food in a house full of nearly grown kids where everything feels comfortable and homey. It snowed the entire time we were there and by the time we were dropped off outside our building, a few inches covered the surfaces of the bushes and parked cars. They say "three days cold, four days warm" here about the spring, so after another day or so and we should be heading back into the warm weather. Oh, I hope so.


At 1:13 AM, Blogger neonvirus.com said...

seeing those itty bitty dolls was coolio... and it looks like your blog is coming alive, which is even cooler... although its a bummer you cant stay on in japaners... keep the posts coming!

At 2:41 PM, Blogger Nymeria said...

Nick and Lisa and I think that this sounds a lot like all the great cultural events that happen in Portland. Like the Rose Festival, and the Sturgeon Festival, and the Bite of Portland and the Portland Brewers Festival and the Sausage Fest and St. Patricks Day and Cinco de Mayo and Clark County Fair.


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