Mirai on New Year’s Eve

In the R/V Mirai, we eat “Toshi-Koshi-Soba” which is buckwheat noodles customarily eaten on New Year’s Eve in addition to usual dinner and “Shime-Nawa” is ornamented at several important places. The Rising-Sun and JAMSTEC flag are raised beyond the main table in the dining room. Even while we continue to do observations, we can do well by our national culture for a happy new year.