Day 424:

As I look back on this year over a hot cup of coffee, I’d have to say that it was truly a great year. I mean…I started working the dream job, met hundreds of people from all over the world, ate countless bowls of awesome ramen, and even got to meet my idols. If I could do it all over again, I’d do it in a heartbeat and not change a thing. I am truly blessed to be where I am today, but I still feel like things are just getting started and that the best has yet to come. So follow me (if you will) as I say goodbye to 2010 and hello to 2011–the year of ramen. Trust me….the boom is coming.

Did you really think I’d pass up on eating the new shio-butter chicken burger from Mos?

Before I set out to go party with the masses, my nieces were back from spending xmas in LA and I needed to go see them.

I love you too!

I originally planned on spending countdown alone with a bowl of ramen before joining my friends, but then I got a phone call with an invitation I couldn’t pass up. I was invited to spend the evening at a local izakaya in Bunkyo-ku enriched in Japanese culture and tradition.

Like drinking Toso and eating some fresh sashimi.

I even got to sample some very rare homemade Osechi that people get to eat only once a year (and even that’s if they’re lucky).

The master even let me try one of his original creations–something I’ve never eaten in my life.

And you can’t move on to the next year without some Toshikoshi Soba.

A very important tradition.

And since there was ramen on the menu…you know I wasn’t gonna leave without trying it.

Being so blessed to be here and around the company that I was, I’d have to say that this last bowl of the year was one of the better bowls of 2010….honestly.

Time to visit the temple…

And ring the giant bell!!

My dreams are now guaranteed to come true.

After partying a bit with some friends, it was time to take advantage of the only night of the year where the trains never stop running.

Happy new year everyone!  I wish you all the best for 2011. As always, thank you for letting me be a part of your life. あけましておめでとうございます!

4 Replies to “Toshikoshi…”

  1. hey keizo,

    I met you the other day at bassanova, the guy from canada.
    just wanted to ask you about ur friends ramen place in nagoya. i cant seem to find it in ur blog.

    thanks man, happy new years!

    ps. the green curry ramen rocks!

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