New Year 2015: So much to be thankful for

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There is so much to be thankful for as we start 2015 in Japan.

There is an old Japanese saying that the ultimate first dream of the New Year is when Mt. Fuji, a hawk and an eggplant appear (Ichi-Fuji, Ni-Taka, San-Nasubi).

No one has ever been able to clearly explain to me why this is so lucky. Some say it is because Fuji is the largest mountain, the hawk is smart and strong and “nasu” (the Japanese pronunciation for eggplant) can also mean to “achieve something great”.

I have yet to see this dream, but I have had the pleasure to climb Mt. Fuji to watch the sunrise from it’s peak and to gaze at the hawks that can be seen across Japan majestically soaring on the winds.   As far as eggplant is concerned, “mizu-nasu” is the most succulent version that has ever crossed my palate. Three wonderful experiences among so many available to all of us who have made Japan our home.

Resolutions inevitably accompany the ringing in of the New Year and among them getting in better shape is often at the top of the list. It certainly ranks high for me this year, as the gym is certain to become a closer friend in 2015 than it was last year.

I have so much to be thankful for as we begin the year of the sheep – Health, family, friends and a wonderful and dedicated Team at HealthyTokyo K.K.

I am not sure if Mt. Fuji, a hawk or eggplant are in the immediate future, but rest assured that the HealthyTokyo Team and numerous Partners are certain to make Japan a healthier place for all in 2015.

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