Hi hi sisters ....... Welcome to 2010! Hope you and your family will have a happy and prosperous year ahead :) You are having a busy family day? There are a lot of wonderful traditions in Japanese New Year - like people heading to the temple to ring the bell at the strike of midnight for blessings in the coming year, or rising bright and early to watch sunrise on the first day (um hm, this one for sure it's not for me :)
But one tradition that you probably have watched is - Kōhaku Uta Gassen 紅白歌合戦 (aka Red & White Song Battle). For the past 60 years, this famous singing extravaganza has been ushering in the New Year with the Japanese people. Only the most popular artists are invited and it's considered an honor to participate. I remember growing up watching this show every New Year's Day and was so fascinated by the beautiful and creative costumes of the singers. In some years, certain successful foreign artists were also invited to join this elite group. Last night, Susan Boyle was there performing her winning song 'I dreamed a dream', what a gifted voice!
Still no news from our prince since he last appeared at the Presidential residence. Guess he really wants to have some private time, eh? Thanks to vento/BYJGallery who posted this 01/2010 calendar from BYJ mobile so we can catch a glimpse of his latest look @@