Eating Soba on the last day of the year

Right here in Japan, it it the night of December 31st, about 5 hours to New Year’s day. When I was in the States, I had the impression that Christmas has the closer atmosphere to a Japanese New Year’s day in that it is the time for family to get together. In Japan, New Year’s day is the time for family reunion. Here’s how we spend the last day and the first day of the year.

So we eat SOBA. In Japan, we have two kinds of noodles aside from the Ramen noodles that hailed from China : Soba and Udon. Udon is made from wheat, therefore white and soba is made from soba powder, which is gray. Most people buy ready-made soba at supermarkets or eat soba at soba restaurants but in our family, we make them ourselves (we buy powder, though).

So as you can see in the following pictures, we knead dough for Soba and make it into a sheet. Then we cut them carefully and boil them. It is very tasty. We eat them because those noodles are long so we wish we can live long by eating them. They may pale beside the ones made by professionals but they taste good. They are made from pure soba powder and good for your health, too! I feel my oats!






Now I am ready for New Year’s day. On New Year’s day, we visit acquaintances and relatives. In each place we are offered some alcohol (mostly beer and sake, sometimes whisky and wine) and enjoy drinking with them. So I expect to drink a lot tomorrow. (Actually I am drunk right now, too) Wish everybody very happy New Year.


About dw64 (or Masa(aki) or Mark)

I am 52-year-old Japanese male. Ever since I watched Sesame Street when I was VERY young (5 years old?). I fell in love with American English and culture. I learned English hard and now I am teaching it. Then when I was 18, I had an opportunity to stay with an American family in Shell Knob, Missouri and I asked them to educate me as an American kid. So they taught me the American way and even my taste for food has changed completely so I call this rebirth! Then when I was 30 (I visited the U.S. several times but they were short stays), I joined the MA course in teaching English of graduate school in Vermont. I stayed about 10 months there (it was an intensive course). I stayed in a dorm and learned a lot inside and outside of classrooms. I got all the credits but I failed because of the difference in the context between the U.S. and JAPAN cuz it is so hard to teach English in The way I learned in the course because in Japan, teaching is about understanding grammar and structure in Japanese. But my journey does not end here. Last year I was admitted the CELTA course in NYC where I worked hard and got this certificate that certifies that I had finished the course and qualified to teach English to people who want learn English as a second language by Cambridge University standard. So if you are one of those people, send me a message and I can help you learn American English (I got this at Cambridge but basically they teach different English depending on location). Why did I pick NYC? Well, I am a huge fan of American everything! I live the country even when that demagogue guy is the President so I am an authentic fan of it. I mean, I love the U.S. more than anything in this world. There was a guy who loved Japan so much so after he retired he came to Japan and became a citizen. I want to do the same, actually. So now I am so into it, I listen to NYC CBS radio 880 all the time except when I watch dramas on Netflix, HBO or HULLU or read paperbacks on Kindle (read 70 books in the last two years). And then I am writing in English. I hope to be able to write something publishable in the future but I have to learn some more. As for my learning, I have almost done usual stuff so now I decide to do things that native speakers who wish to be writers will do. At least I learned 8000 words and phrases in the last couple years and I confirmed that I know more than 22000 words, which is tantamount to the number of words American graduate school students have. Well I might talk about these things, too, but I will talk about my favorite things in this blog. I love American dramas. I love the ones with some sci-fi portion in it. Like, from HULU, Gotham, Lucifer, Fringe, etc. I love good comedies so I love Seinfeld, SNL and night shows. Netflix? Luke Cage, Daredevil, and other defenders. I love legends of tomorrow, too. HBO, Game of Thrones!! And I also loved Night of and West World. I also might talk about cycling (road biking) and all other stuff! Please feel free to comment!
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2 Responses to Eating Soba on the last day of the year

  1. pudgycyclist says:

    Looks great buddy. I’ve had green tea soba in San Francisco. I don’t know if that’s an actual dish from Japan, but it was tasty! Can’t wait to see more of your road biking vids!

  2. Thanks! Green tea soba is very good stuff! If it’s San Francisco, it might have been real one from Japan. I have put a road bike in abeyance right now but when I am back on it when it gets warm, I will put up a road biking vid.

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