Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Another day has passed by. Our Earth has survived the Mayan Calendar and we live right on, maybe there is something changed, but I think it's more something of the mind and our connected consciousness. As we can see all around the globe ... people become stronger and speak out their feelings on governements and politics and so on. Maybe you have heard from the Pakistan outrage on assaulting a young girl by a group of young guys. That's something never heard of in the last decennia. And what to think of all the changes in the Middle East ... well enough on that ... Today we have a Carpe Diem Special written by our Haiku Master for this month Yosa Buson.
At the New Year's breakfast;
Millionaire as he is!
(*) 'Zoni' is a soup containing mochi (rice cakes), vegetables and other ingredients. To cook zoni was very expensive for the common people in the Edo period (1603-1868). To eat three bowls of 'zoni' at a time for breakfast was beyond all imagination of theirs.
|Credits: Selfportrait by Yosa Buson 1771|
Japan has a whole set of ritual foods for the new year, called osechi. These dishes are often arranged together in bento boxes and include herring roe, brightly colored boiled fish paste, various fruits and vegetables, and red sea bream.
One of the most important osechi dishes is o-zoni, hot broth floating with mochi cakes.
This Special will stay on 'till December 25th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our new episode later on around 10.00 PM (CET). The prompt for December 25th (Christmasday) will be 'frost (shimo)'