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CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR REPORT

For My Junior High School's homepage Blog

I didn't write a new blog report here for a long time - ごめんなさい!

So today will be a quick review of Christmas, New Year and the beginning of 2011.

In December I visited Osaka twice (two times).

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The first time visit was to see the German Christmas market.

There were very nice illuminations and nice things to eat.

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We also saw a concert of Christmas songs.

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The second visit was to see Osaka Zoo.

I like animals very much and have visited many zoos in Japan.

We saw many birds, snakes, lizards, lions, tigers and much more!

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There are many bears in Osaka zoo, but my favorite was the Polar Bear (White Bear).

He looked very happy and was playing in the water.

We watched him for a long time.

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I was in Imazu with Haru and Andrew Sensei (from Kutsuki Junior High School) on Christmas Day.

I cooked a big Christmas dinner for everybody and we watched a Christmas movie together.

My favorite Christmas present this year was these books.

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'Kwaidan' is full of Japanese ghost and yokai stories, and 'Ninja Attack' is all about real ninjas from history.

I really like books like these and I enjoyed reading them.

For New Year I travelled to Hirakata and stayed with Haru and her family.

We ate Osechi - which was very new for me.

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In Slovakia there are many fireworks at New Year and it is very noisy.

In Japan there are no fireworks and it was very quiet I was surprised!

In the morning we went to the local temple to pray.

It was VERY busy and we had to wait for a long time.

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After we prayed and got blessed, it was time to go home.

In January there was a lot of snow in Shiga Ken and it was very cold!

The good thing about this is you can snowboard - which is fun!

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I don't travel so much in the winter (it's too cold so I like to stay home and watch movies or study Japanese).

But my friends in the Satoyama group had a nice event in January so I went too.

We made a fire and special decorations from clay.

I made a leaf and an owl.

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Then we cooked bread on the fire, and ate soup and sweet potatos.

It was delicious and warm.

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This event was great fun and a very welcome bit of warmth in the middle of a cold winter.

Next time, February and March.

More snow, yokai, temples and fire walking.

Posted by DKJM74 22:43

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