Thursday, January 3, 2008

Happy New Year!!

Because of many cultural influences from all over the globe, the "New Year" is celebrated in lots of different ways in Hawaii. There are fireworks going off all the time before and after midnight on the 31st.

In the top photo I am perched next to a Japanese "good fortune" tree. People receive their fortunes and tie them to a tree and hope for a prosperous and happy year.
In the second picture, I'm standing in front of an arrangement of bamboo and pine called Kadomatsu. This is another way the Japanese people welcome in the new year. Google "Kadomatsu" to find out more!

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