I had a really fun time on New Year’s Eve. I ate toshikoshi soba, amazake, and zenzai. I had never tried any of these things before and enjoyed each one. I also went to two shrines at midnight. At one I ate zenzai and offered money, and at the other one I only offered money. It was a great experience to celebrate the new year with other people, and see how different it is compared to in America. New Year’s Eve is actually my mother’s birthday so I usually celebrate with my family and friends. I bake my mother a cake, and then we watch the events in Time’s Square in NYC, and wait for the ball to drop. At midnight we bang on pots and pans and set off confetti poppers. What did you do for the New Year?