Looking back at Kamesei Ryokan's 'American Innkeeper in Japan' blog shows a lot of entries about New Years traditions, winter fun, and enjoing Nagano.
Following is a review of the January blog.
New Years Traditions
Kamesei's New Years Greeting Card
Learning About 'O-Toso'
Trip to Zenkoji and Meeting Kijima Taiko
Dondo-yaki and Yokado events
Mochi Making Before Breakfast - Twice!
(And Okagura at a 109-y.o. Birthday Celebration
Baby Snow Monkey
Kamesei's naka-niwa garden with snow
Skating with the speedsters at M-Wave
Snowshoeing at Togakushi
(And a Young Brother-Sister Team There)
Gathering Firewood (for next winter)
Chopping Firewood (and axes?)
Winter Event Schedule
Togura Kamiyamada Onsen's Snowy Illumination
Kamesei's Family Bath with Snow
Dinner in a Ninja Lair?
Kamesei's mini-Onsen Museum (and Kerorin)
Staying with the gods at Shimo-Suwa
Touring Chikuma City via Story-Telling Taxi
Togura-Kamiyamada Study Session with Jalan
Nagano Ryokan Junior Assoc. Speach by Iguchi-sensei
And Regarding 'Inbound' Matters:
Starting Work on a "Nagano Onsen" Book -- Preliminary Research at Kamiyamada's Onsen Museum
Shimo Suwa Onsen
Chikuma City Book in Hard Copy
Chikuma City's Inbound Seminar
Chikuma City's New Inbound
82 Bank and Inbound