We went to my husband's hometown to remove snow from their ancestral house. The roadside temperature board indicated that the temperature was 0 degree. It was very cold. The ground was blanketed with snow.
The man in the picture is my husband. It took my husband about 3 hours to remove all of the snow from the roof and those surrounding the house.
There was "Tondo" near my house. "Tondo" is a Japanese word for "Bonfire" made from bamboos heaped on the field. It is an old Japanese custom(festival) that takes place every January(once a year.) The heap of bamboo was then burned. After the bamboo has burned out. People put the mochi into the fire and then eat them afterwards. It is believed to give people good health the whole year round.
Vocabulary ancestral= relating to something belonging to former generations of somebody's family indicated=showed blanketed= covered surround= to occupy the space all around something
It has been snowing off and on since yesterday. Today was so cold. My grandchildren went back to their home . And my mother went back to her house too yesterday evening. It was quiet in my house again and I feel lonely.
While snowing, I took a walk with my dog. And then I cleaned the house and I cooked food. I took a nap before the pc unnoticeably. I was busy before the end of Year. I had been cooking many foods. Tonight, my husband and I will be alone so it is very easy for us.
Today is January 7. We ate Nanakusa-Gayu today. Nanakusa-Gayu consists of rice porridge and 7 edible spring herbs. This custom came to Japan from China. We ate a lot of New Year’s foods and our stomach was full. So, we made recovery by Nanakusa-Gayu. Nanakusa-Gayu is easy in the stomach.
It’s been snowing from the end of the year. It stopped snowing yesterday. So, I payed the shrine a visit on New Year's day with my husband I thought visitors are fewer this year than last year I prayed for world peace and for the well-being of my family
I was busy cooking. Osechi are Japanese traditional foods. My son's and daugther's family together with my mother visited my home. They played some games, sang some songs and watched a documentary movie. I had a blast.