2011/12/24

Winter Solstice

The "reason for the season" is of course the Winter Solstice. We've turned the corner from the days getting shorter in the Northern Hemisphere, and hence forth we will get more sunshine (for a time). Celebrations lasting a few weeks help us get through the darkest of times (literally speaking) and different religions find various reasons to celebrate, but basically they do so, I believe, at this time of year to help us all get through the lack of sunlight. For me, vitamin D supplementation and a dose of wide spectrum artificial light each day does the trick.

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One celebration we partake in around the Winter Solstice each year is a special dinner at Wordsworth Restaurant. This year it was extra special, as the restaurant was damaged by the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami, but has survived, as have we. (Life goes on, despite the odds.)



This year's menu included Bagna Calda, Parma ham with mozzarella and tomato in pumpkin sauce, foie gras, seafood salad, soybean soup, baked stuffed Homard lobster, pasta with greens, and for desert, apple compote with cookies and chocolate.

PandaB does not eat foie gras (click here for why) and a very special thing happened this year. The waitress came to our table before we began our meal and asked if I would like a substitute instead of foie gras. They had remembered my preferences! So while they served K the foie gras, they brought me a special dish of baked turban sea snail in olive oil with chopped greens, covered with tiny croutons. It was a delicious alternative and I was very impressed by the thoughtfulness of Wordsworth in offering it to me.

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After dinner we went down to Kashima Jingu train station to see the light display.

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All the best from Pandabonium and K this Winter Solstice season - no matter how you celebrate it - and may 2012 bring us all peace and understanding.

May all beings be happy.
May they be joyous and live in safety.
All living beings, whether weak or strong,
in high or middle, or low realms of existence,
small or great, visible or invisible, near or far,
born or to be born.
May all beings be happy.

-A Buddhist Metta

7 comments:

Martin J Frid said...

May you and K be happy in this season and the next. Thanks for a wonderful blog.

Lrong said...

Merry Xmas !!

Pandabonium said...

Thank you Martin. All the best to you and A.

Lrong - Merry Xmas to you too.

K and S said...

happy holidays!

Pandabonium said...

And to you and Satoshi as well, Kat.

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Happy New Year to you all. It's been a momentous year for us with family migrating back and a noisy busy household of ten at present - three generations in one compound has its interesting moments. Best wishes from Geelong, Australia.

Pandabonium said...

Thank you Wendy and Peceli ('love the picture of you two). Ten people of three generations under one roof! Wow. Must be ... uh... exciting. :)

All the best to everyone there in 2012.