I woke up and looked outside.
Sun was about to rise.
This isn’t my first trip to Izu during Year-End and New Year holidays.
The traffic in this area is terrible during holidays because there are many visitors/cars from Tokyo, but a road is narrow and there is only one lane!
I tried three times/years and I gave up; it’s so tiring to drive 8 hrs alone! Sob sob.
This is why we don’t have a car.
There aren’t any places that we can go by foot in the area. Hummmm
Ate brunch at 8:30 am.
This is actually breakfast, but needed to eat for lunch as well because we cannot go out. hahaha
Our accommodation plan includes a complementary himono (local specialities, dried seafood) and a can of beer from Koshien (a store in front of Atagawa Station).
After breakfast, we made a brief trip to Atagawa Station by a hotel shuttle bus.
A shuttle bus meant to send off their hotel guests to a station, but simultaneously, a bus can send us to the station and take us back!
Other hours, dipped in onsen (hot springs: there are five different baths),
It is a custom to eat soba noodle on New Year’s Eve to wish for long (as soba) life.
I’m watching Kohaku Utagassen (Red and White Singing Battle) on NHK.
Red Team (women singers) and White Team (men singers) compete their performances.
Every year, it starts at 7:15 pm and ends at 11:45 pm.
Temples gong a bell for 108 times to purify our 108 sins by midnight to welcome New Year.
We watch lives or listen to gongs throughout the nation for 15 mins.
These sounds are actually the countdown to welcome New Year.
The sound of gongs calm us to welcome New Year peacefully.
Another one hour to welcome 2017…