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Happy Holidays everyone! By the time you’ve read this, I will have already celebrated Christmas a little early with my partner. This year we are having Roast Beef and Mashed Potatoes – a real treat!
Christmas Weekend is upon us, but in Japan, people are already starting to think of Oshogatsu, the New Year Holiday.
🪣🧼USHERING IN THE NEW YEAR🧹🧽✨
Preparations for the New Year in Japan begin on December 13th, 'Shōgatsu-goto Hajime' (正月事始め).
Pine decorations are cut or bought ('matsu-mukae' 松迎え) and the house is cleaned from top to bottom ('susu-harai' すす払い).#松の内 #Japan pic.twitter.com/MM8tQOzev2
— Camellia Tea Ceremony (@camelliakyoto) December 16, 2022
The Year of the Rabbit. I don’t know what that means, I just hope that it’s a good one.
The Year of the (Water) Rabbit is almost here, & rather than a New Year's resolution, how about a famous proverb to keep in mind…
"run after two rabbits & you'll catch neither" (二兎を追う者は一兎をも得ず), meaning "focus on a single goal (don't be greedy)" pic.twitter.com/WiEljISIJS
— Camellia Tea Ceremony (@camelliakyoto) December 13, 2022
Rabbit Soup. My partner gave me one of these snack-like savoury treats that turn into soup before, but it took me a while before I tried it as I didn’t believe that something that looked like a biscuit would turn into soup, but I was wrong, and it was delicious.
What better way to warm up on a bitter winter morning than with a piping hot bowl of oshiruko (お汁粉), a sweet bean soup.
— Camellia Tea Ceremony (@camelliakyoto) December 15, 2022
Annual Capybara Hot Spring with Yuzu. Zoos across Japan compete to see which Capybara enjoys the hot springs for the longest.
If you are still struggling to know what to give that special Lesbian in your life, how about supporting this great independent and Lesbian-run streaming service?
Feel too festive and would like some HORROR? Holly has you sorted with “The Cat”:
And would you know it, two of my twitter buddies released short horror films and the second one is called… you guessed it… “The Dog”!
This is the first of the Shiba Inu horror films. It's scary and cute. You've never watched a movie like that.
A Shiba Inu is jealous of his owner’s new golden piggybank reciative pats. He throws the object out, only to have it come back a cute, but malevolent presence. pic.twitter.com/AqUgjOCImR
— M Studio (@mstudiofilm) December 6, 2022
Finally, here’s the classic Christmas Horror, starring Jordan Ladd (yes, Alan Ladd’s Granddaughter), and Adam J Yeend!
Finally, my final video of the year, “What if I were Kathy Griffin’s Manager in 2023”, which I made very recently after work.
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