It feels like I’ve been on holiday for months instead of two weeks. That may be because this past Christmas vacation has been one of my most productive ones. I managed to accomplish quite a few things on my list of resolutions already and am striving to take care of the rest of them before I ‘accidentally’ forget them. Christmas in Japan was very enjoyable with presents, great food, and fun gatherings with friends that I hadn’t seen in quite a few months. The gift giving wasn’t just confined to Christmas either. Thanks to the New Year shopping bargains and those wonderful fukubukuros (lucky bags), I was able to both give and receive after the New Year.
I got a lot of wonderful presents from family and friends. This is probably the first time that I received New Year presents though. I’m not so sure whether it’s actually a Japanese custom or not but a few of my Japanese friends exchanged gifts from their fukubukuro caches. Just this past Saturday, I was given candies… lots of candies, and a Pon de Lion mystery bag, which held a cheerful Pon de Lion bento box.
There might have been a few cold and rainy days but the weather was still hospitable enough to go for a few refreshing walks and cycling trips. My vacation was wonderful but it’s nice to be back at work again with all of the friendly teachers and staff at Smith’s School of English Kyobashi.