JULIET: we spent the first day of the 2009 eating traditional japanese new year's dishes prepared lovingly by my mother and aunt. above, broiled red snapper with rolled nori and a mixture of snow peas, carrots, and some other things i'm not sure of. not pictured are my favorites--fish cakes, ginger chicken and mochi. we ate heartily.

RHAN: the day had a peaceful dreamlike quality to it. all of the food felt new. after lunch, we all settled in to watch a film, and about two thirds of the way into it i heard the contented breathing of three ladies sleeping. this is a good way to start a new year.

JULIET: food coma.