So I finally get to write about what I did on new year. You may have already seen my awesome report of the Fire Festival. If not now is the time to check it out! After the Fire Festival it was already dark and we all went back to the Hostel. I think the Hostel was fully booked for new years eve and there were lots of cool people there.
After getting back from the Fire Festival we first had some food, which Yoshi prepared in our absence.
Of course there was lots of drinking involved (like always ;)). I think we had some whiskey cola … or was it gin tonic … I really don’t remember. By the way the whiskey in japan is pretty good, even the cheap stuff, it goes perfect with cola, but on the other hand which alcohol doesn’t go well with cola?!
The increasing amount of alcohol always lowers the communication barriers and even the shy people, that were not able to talk any english before start talking (except for some of the french, but that is a different story). Finally the new year was approaching and everyone was getting ready for the countdown.
Fiona and Nagisa did the countdown and everyone was happy and partied. Besides New year, I also have to mention that it was Yoshis birthday and he received lots of gifts. One of his gifts was a new awesome kitchen knife, because he always does the cooking in the evening.Mt. Misen. I already wrote about my first (second in total) climbing of Mt. Misen, sorry it’s in german, maybe I will translate it if I have the time and motivation. Three of the japanese girls were determined to climb the mountain, some of the other people wanted to also do it, but were not sure of it yet, because the sunrise was around 6.15. Picture of the Day from the second sunrise of the year, which was a lot more beautiful, at least in my opinion. It also was pretty crowded up there and it was hard to get a good spot to take decent photos, everyone was taking photos and I had to shoot over their heads to get a shot of the „sunrise“.
Here you can see a shot of my fortune right next to all the others. After the shrine the girls got something to eat from the booths, that were still there from the Fire Festival. Then we finally went back to the Hostel, the girls went the the train to ride home. When I got to the hostel some people were up again already because it was around 9.30 when I came back. At this point I was awake for almost 30 hours, because I always get up so early in japan. So I was glad to be back again, just brushed my teeth and went to bed to get at least some sleep.
So that basically covers my events on new years eve and day, I hope you enjoyed reading it. So until next time … またね !