Japan Diaries: Day 13

Day 13 December 31, 2014: Good morning Japan! Today is the last day of 2014. It's a great feeling that we are celebrating this special day with people close to our hearts.

My wife and I made use of this day to bond more with our Japanese family. The whole morning, I spent time bonding with the kids while my wife spent hers cooking her specialties. During lunch we got the chance to talk about the places that we wanted to visit. Mr. Toshi also mentioned some places that he would want to bring us to in the following days. He talked about Mt. Koya and Mt. Kongo. Aside from that, he also talked about the famous deer of Nara Park. 
Rinku Town Ferris Wheel!

Of course I got excited about the new places that we might visit in the near future but I also got worried because my 8GB and half of my 4GB memory card was already used up and I only have one spare 8GB memory card left.
They said that this one is one of the biggest!
A view... wait I'm gonna puke!
Comfy but scared...
That afternoon, Mr. Toshi asked us to accompany him and his family to the mall. I don't know why but I purposely left  my camera at home during the trip. To my disbelief we were actually heading to Rinku-Town and not to AEON Mall. I have read about Rinku-Town on one of my researches regarding the places to visit in Japan. It is known for the towering Ferris Wheel  or that is the tallest in the South Bay area... and guess what... we got to ride it! Luckily Mr. Toshi probably noticed that I seem down and he asked me if I would like to take photos using his iphone for documentation (of course I said YES!).
The view from the Rinku Town Ferris Wheel
Another view from the Ferris Wheel
After the ride, we walked around the high end shopping area and when night fell we drove to Kura Sushi which is a famous revolving sushi restaurant chain for our dinner. We enjoyed the wide variety of sushi dishes and other delicacies that night. We then headed back home after to prepare for the New Year celebration. 
Waiting for New Year!
I got to taste all of that!
Compared to the colorful but noisy New Year celebration in the Philippines, the Japanese New Year is relatively quiet. We just ate soba and drank wine to celebrate the special day. Speaking of soba, it is a kind of noodle that when consumed before New Year is believed to bring long life.
The soba... noodles for long life!
Overall, it's my family's first time to spend the New Year on another country. However, there's one lesson that I learned today and that is "Never ever leave your camera behind".

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