Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Great Voice!

Jero was born in Pennsylvania, he is 26 years old and started singing Enka 5 years ago.

Good Luck!

Monday, February 11, 2008

See you again soon!

On the 11th of February 2008, Japan celebrates National Foundation Day. Everybody made plans for this 3 days off period. So, the smarter you plan it, the better.
Saturday Night- Yamahai meeting: " Good to see you again!"

After the delicious dinner, some of us went to to Club to listen some House.

The next morning met my friends again up the mountain. The powder was great, but the weather got better right before I left the mountain.

Got back home and enjoyed the rest of the day watching the sunny mountain and relaxing.

The next morning, even if both me and my son were still affected by the cold, went skiing ang sleighing ariund the house. Beautiful morning.

I had lunch with other foreigners living in Aomori. We were invited by our japanese teacher at his house for a delicious meal and a mini piano concert. Beautiful voices need promotion.

In the evening had the chance to meet my Phil again. He is going back to Canada after spending 9 months in Japan. Hope he will achieve his goals and hope that I` ll see him soon.

Good Luck Phil!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Happy Birthday- February 8th, 2008










Sunday, February 3, 2008

Setubun 節分

In Japan, Setsubun (節分) is the day before the beginning of each season. The name literally means "seasonal division", but usually the term refers to the spring Setsubun, properly called Risshun (立春), celebrated yearly on February 3. In its association with the Lunar New Year, Spring Setsubun can be thought of (and indeed was previously thought of) as a sort of New Year's Eve, and so was accompanied by a special ritual to cleanse away all the evil of the former year and drive away disease-bringing evil spirits for the year to come. This special ritual is called mamemaki (豆撒き, lit. bean scattering).

Mamemaki is usually performed by the toshiotoko (年男) of the household (i.e. the male who was born on the corresponding animal year on the chinese zodiac), or else the male head of the household. Pan-heated soybeans (called irimame 炒り豆) are thrown either out the door or at a member of the family wearing an Oni (demon or ogre) mask, while the throwers chant "Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!" (鬼は外! 福は内!). The literal meaning of the words is something like "Demons out! Luck in!" The beans are thought to symbolically purify the home by driving away the evil spirits that bring misfortune and bad health with them. Then, as part of bringing luck in, it is customary to eat soybeans, one for each year of one's life, and in some areas, one for each year of one's life, plus one more for bringing good luck for the year to come. In the Heian era, a famous Buddhist monk was said to have driven away oni by throwing beans.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Evil Out, Happiness in!

Good morning powder

Today` s weather conditions

Temperature on top: -8.6 ℃
Temperature at the bottom: 0 ℃
Wind speed: 2 m/s
Visibility: 2km
Ammount of snow: 345 cm
New powder: 1 cm

Great weather, almost no wind, not that cold, all the east side of the mountain to ourselfs. One of my friends mailed me this morning at 7 to tell me that I should get up because the weather is good. And it was. Thank you for waking me up. Got on the first gondola, and went straight to the east side.

This is the video I took at 9 a.m.

Good morning powder!

Have a nice week!