2011.01.12[水]  I love Oshogatsu!


When I was dreaming about living in Japan, I never imagined that will be in Imabari. What I wanted to do the most was to live in a small town where I can learn and practice Japanese and to make some friends. I arrived before the New Year festivities. My friend from Imabari who study in Montreal helped me and I was able to stay with her family during almost one week. Their house was bigger than I expected and very authentic. I ate very delicious meals every day. In Canada, when children are 18 years old, married or not, they have to leave the parent’s house. This family still lives with their daughter and this is something I miss because I am not living in the same town than my family in Canada. Also, I feel like this family respected me and accepted me like I am.

First thing I ate when I arrived in Imabari was Nabeyaki Udon. Food seems very important in Japanese culture. So, the same day when all the family was reunited, we went to Izakaya. We tried many plates to see what I was able to eat. They were surprised by the fact I liked almost everything. These kinds of restaurants are very rare in Canada. Usually, you order one plate and this is a huge portion. But In Japan, quality is more important than quantity and you share also this food with everybody. Another thing Japanese people share is bath time. Even if winter is very cold where I came from, we take rarely a bath. We prefer shower because it’s faster.

Before the New Year, we ate soba noodles. They said this is good for my lifespan. We also watched the famous TV show where 2 teams tried their best to win. Enka songs are very interesting, isn’t it! Too bad, the red team didn’t win. After that, we went at the temple on top of a hill. Usually, for Christians, we go to church to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, December 25th. But here, they ring a bell 108 times and pray at the temple. I received a lucky charm and I really hope that will bring me luck for the rest of my trip in Japan.

For 3 days, we ate osechi. Did I say food is important in Japanese culture? This is marvelous. I loved everything even if I don’t know exactly what I ate. I heard some people here don’t like natto or osechi? Does it mean I am more Japanese than those persons? I don’t think so. I guess I just enjoy eating food too much. By the way, I have important message to people who has a wife or a mother who cooks for the family. You should thank her for all the effort. It must be difficult to cook every day and doing all the other tasks. What I prefer the most since I am in Japan is having a discussion with friends around a good meal and to relax.

Next time I will write about firewalking at Senyuji temple and more about the difference between Canada and Japan.

À bientôt
Nicolas Marion







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