A LOT HAS HAPPENED since the last post, but mainly in the form of snow so apologies now if I have overdosed with too many pics of the white stuff !
First up we toasted in the New Year with a traditional brekkie ( O-sechi ryori ) consisting of, among other things, dried cod’s roe, black sweet beans and toasted whitebait, and downed with Otoso which is like a very sweet dessert wine. These are said to bring you good health and prosperity for the coming year. Funny that, in Scotland we we are given a lump of coal , some shortbread and a bottle of whisky!
We visited the local shrine to pay our first respects….
Interesting to see all the houses adorn their festive offerings outside their front doors
THEN IT SNOWED
this is part of the roof and although it may look pretty, 1sq metre of 60cm snow equals 120kg and the roof on the main house is 50 sq metres (6 tons) thats a lot of weight for the old beams to hold up. You hear so often , particularly with old people, so many deaths either they fall off the roof cleaning or are caught underneath the snow.
uninhabitated dog house….
good to see the builder make it in….
shit, lost the keys
oooops, not ours.
A bit of night skiing
a quick before and after shot
and finally a quick salute from BOSS