Posts Tagged ‘new year’

2014 begins the Year of the Horse in Japan.  Celebrities born in the Year of the Horse apparently include Louisa May Alcott, Chopin, Davy Crockett, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Sandra Day O’Connor, Rembrandt, Teddy Roosevelt, Sir Isaac Newton, Barbara Streisand, Cindy Crawford, Cynthia Nixon, Denzel Washington, Harrison Ford, Jason Biggs, Jackie Chan, Jerry Seinfeld, John […]


A month or so ago, just when it was starting to become truly cold in Osaka, I happened to discover a snake lying on the side of a concrete walking path that runs along the Senri River, which is only a ten-minute walk from my house.  Though I’ve been living in Japan for over six […]


2011 is the Year of the Rabbit and I ushered in the New Year by watching Kohaku Uta Gassen (紅白歌合戦) down at the Hartland with a few friends, downing quite a bit of champagne and gold-flecked nihonshu at midnight, and then belting out a very raspy karaoke rendition of “I Am the Walrus” before heading […]


It’s 2010, and the Year of the Tiger has begun.  The tiger is associated with ferocity, courage, and all of those other things that you’d most likely associate with tigers whether or not you knew anything about their symbolic significance within the Chinese zodiac.  The tiger is also, apparently, closely affiliated with wealth.  The two […]