It's getting close to midnight here in Shimoyamada. When the clock strikes, Ryota, Ryota's sister Momoko, her friends Yuuko and Maki, Ryota's friend Taich and his sister, Okaasan, Cob and I will eat special soba, drink a little Nihonshu, and trek out to this particular jinja. It's cold and we expect more snow. I called my mom today; hadn't spoken to here in something close to a year. I let Cob cut my hair last night; see the pic. My hat sticks like velcro now o(^-^)o I hope all of my family and friends are well. I'll save more reflections for later.