Sunday, January 5, 2014

New Year's

Hello to you!! 

Today we are in Sapporo for Music Practice. It's for Ongaku no Ube. You can find a video of it on YouTube. ( )  
The one they had last year was in May I think. And this one is next month. Kuroki Shimai (my companion) is in a special singing group so that's why we came to Sapporo today.  We'll also come to Sapporo next week because it will be a big practice for everyone.  Evans Shimai (Mission President's wife) is very serious when it comes to music... :)

About the picture from last week.  The 'pajamas' aren't really pajamas.... It's like a hooded Snuggie. So it's just something to keep us warm, like a blanket. The ward member bought them for us. I use it just about every morning while we are doing personal study... :)

Yes I love the CDs!!! It's nice to have a little bit of a variety when we listen to music. I've heard the BYU men's choir CD before - I downloaded it when it first came out, but I could never figure out how to get it onto my ipod so it's great now that I have the actual CD. The other CD is all piano music so it's nice to listen to. :)

Ok well I have to get off the computer right now but hopefully I will have more time later to write an actual letter!!! :)

Actual letter:

Hello all!!
   So this was a short week, since we just had our last P-day on Wednesday (New Years day). But now I can tell you about how my New Years was!! :) So last week was a very different week. New Years in Japan, is really a huge holiday. It's like how Christmas in America is really big - your whole family gets together, there's lots of parties and presents. Well in Japan they still celebrate Christmas, but it's more of just a day to give presents and eat Christmas cake. And then New Years is the actual holiday where families get together and have big parties and such. So Monday, we usually have P-day (which is our day to go shopping and clean and email), but it was a normal day. Then Tuesday, New Years Eve we stayed in the apartment all day and it was our day to fast and to read the Book of Mormon - All day. The goal is to try to finish the Book of Mormon. We started reading at 7 in the morning. And continued to read until 6 pm. Then we took a half hour for a dinner break. And then we continued to read until 9pm. It was a really long time, but sadly I didn't finish reading. hahah :) The Book of Mormon is long!! :) But I did make it to Alma, I'm about half way trough. But it's good that I didn't read it in Japanese, because the Japanese version is a lot longer than it is in English. :)
   So on New Years day is when we had our P-day. We got up at 6am to go to the beach to see the sun rise. The Yoneta's in the ward took us. It's aparently a tradition or it's a realy well known thing to do in Muroran. You go to a specific beach and the sun is really pretty. When we first got there it was super cloudy so we were worried we wouldn't be able to see the sun. But luckily it cleared up and we saw it. :) It was super pretty and the sun was pink!!! Way cool! And then afterward we went to Noboribetsu to see the hot springs there. And there was the little festival going on. So we just explored the city. The Yoneta's fed us breakfast. and then we went to another member's house for lunch. After, we came back to the church so that we could have some time to email and go shopping. Then we went to another member's house that night, the Kasano's, for dinner. It was kind of nice not having to make food all that day. Seriously the people are so nice here!!
   The day after New Years, the 2nd, is suppose to be a deep clean day for the apartment, but another member from the ward, the Kamada's, invited us to their house. They live about an hour and a half away so we went to their house for lunch. and then we stayed there for about 4 hours just talking and playing with the kids. Then we drove another 1 and a half hours back, and the family who drove us there, wanted to take us out to dinner. So we had dinner with them. Basically we didn't have to make food for ourselves for 2 days. :)
   So that's what the holidays are like for a missionary in Japan.... hahaha :)
Hope you all are doing well!! Much love!!
Happy New Year!!      Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu!!!
                                                    空けまして おめでとう ございます!!
Morrison Shimai

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