When a package from Japan arrived this weekend, I was relieved that 2011 could officially begin in my household.
This box contained the carefully wrapped ceramic figures that represent this year's zodiac.
According to the Chinese Zodiac – called eto in Japanese – this is the Year of the Rabbit. In keeping with Japanese tradition, we ordered the rabbits – usagi in Japanese – to display in our home. (Japanese people are usually on the ball and purchase the characters before the New Year, but I'm only a half Japanese, and a procrastinating one at that.)
At any rate, our usagi are here and occupying the perch reserved for our yearly eto characters. Welcome, 2011!