Now, many people in Japan have taken long holiday from the end of December to the first of January. This time, my holiday continues for 9 days and it is the longest one that I have ever experienced. I think that I have to feel happy for my good situation because recent recession have lost many jobs in Japan (but I have not been affected by it, now).
By the way, the second day of my holiday, I took part in Mochi-tsuki（餅つき） event.
My wife works at a laboratory of a medical college, and its its professor's families including his a lot of relatives held it.
In recent days, Mochi-tsuki is not a routine event for many Japanese, although it is a traditional event to welcome a happy new year.