This is Debra's in-laws. They are extremely gracious and kind
Teresa and Debra have been friends since 1992
She has the most beautiful smile and laugh
Here I am just hamming it up for the camera
Near their house is the famous Hatchinohe Shrine. Famous for blessing war horses, the New Years celebration there is something to see!
It sure is cold tho!
Each one of those pieces of paper is a prayer
People can buy specially made prayers, and prayer objects to use
The vendors do a brisk business selling food and sourvineers
Debra and Teresa warm up by a bonfire