January 5, 2023: New Year Customs Part 2

Transcript of the Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable:January 5, 2023
Topic: New Year Customs Part 2
Photos by Beth Ghostraven

Sheila Yoshikawa: Hi everyone, and welcome to the Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable. VWER meets on Thursdays at 12 noon SLT for an hour, in the UK 8pm, 3pm EST.
Sheila Yoshikawa: VWER is a forum to educate and inform the community about issues that are important and relevant to education in virtual worlds.
Sheila Yoshikawa: This is a public meeting, so we will be keeping and publishing a transcript. The transcripts can be found at https://vwer.info/ The VWER continues to develop a community of educators from around the world.
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Sheila Yoshikawa: The topic for this week’s meeting will be: New Years customs part 2. We will have a discussion about new year and new year resolutions, then I will introduce Japanese New Year customs and we will tour a few shrines. The discussion will be in text chat
Sheila Yoshikawa: Let’s start as we normally do and introduce ourselves. Just type into text chat as much or as little as you want.
Jamie Jordan (jwheels.carver): I’m Jamie and I work with Selby on many virtual world projects. Most of our current focus is on https://3dwebworldz.com/
Sheila Yoshikawa: Also – Happy 2023!
Wisdomseeker (lissena): :))
Sheila Yoshikawa: There are celebratory treats on the table
Wisdomseeker (lissena): January cake!

Beth Ghostraven: I’m a retired teacher-librarian in RL and owner of Ghostraven Professional Attire, classic clothing for educators in SL (http://bethghostraven.com ). I also own the Book and Tankard Pub in Victoria City, Caledon, in SL.
My outreach and communications activities include:
Communications Chair for the VWBPE Conference http://vwbpe.org;
Transcript editor for VWER http://vwer.info
VSTE Facilitator (Virginia Society for Technology in Education)
Unofficial liaison between education groups in SL (AKA Spam Queen)
For information on events for the educational virtual world groups that I work with, see the Virtual Worlds Edu Events Calendar at https://tinyurl.com/b5rr2fj5
I’ll be taking photos to publish with the transcript; if you have any objection, please IM me.
Sheila Yoshikawa: perhaps I should have a resolution to make fewer typos
Beth Ghostraven: I don’t think that’s worth a resolution, Sheila
Sheila Yoshikawa: I am a faculty member in the Information School, University of Sheffield, UK and am VWER leader
PI (pi.illios): PI Illios Virtual Reference medical Librarian & Library Website Content Developer & Administrator FB https://www.facebook.com/PicaraPI TWITTER @PI_illios FLICKR https://www.flickr.com/people/pi_illios
Marly (marly.milena): Niela Miller, http://www.peoplesystemspotential.com . It’s all there if you are really interested! My group here is Octagon:CreativeExploration. and I was original founder of VWEC and Music LIbrary at CVL.
Sheila Yoshikawa: It’s a resolution I would probably break 2 minutes later
Wisdomseeker (lissena): wait Beth, are we rationed re resolutions?
Valibrarian Gregg: Valerie Hill, Seattle WA https://about.me/valibrarian/
Community Virtual Library – Virtual Worlds Education Consortium—Supporter of VWER NPC & educational groups – part-time online professor/ guest lecturer / researcher
Beth Ghostraven: lol no, Liss
Wisdomseeker (lissena): is Executive Director of Ageless Mind Project (In SL Whole Brain Health programs on Inspiration Island and Wellbeing Island) Centers for Lifelong Learning
ThinkererSelby Evans (thinkerer.melville): Selby Evans, Fort Worth, blogger, retired prof. of psychology
ThinkererSelby Evans (thinkerer.melville): https://www.thepioneerwoman.com/holidays-celebrations/g34787153/new-years-traditions/
Wisdomseeker (lissena): ty Beth–another resolution–more attention to details
Wisdomseeker (lissena): do not over rely on friends to help 🙂
Beth Ghostraven: but your friends love to help!
Valibrarian Gregg: TY Selby! My university mascot at TWU was not an animal! It was a “Pioneer Woman” 🙂
Wisdomseeker (lissena): thank goodness, Beth!
ThinkererSelby Evans (thinkerer.melville): https://www.google.com/search?q=new+year’s+customs&rlz=1C1CHZL_enUS748US748&oq=new+years+cusyoms&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0i13i512l2j0i22i30l7.44559j1j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
Beth Ghostraven: I guess I don’t want to over-use a resolution on something trivial, but I really don’t make resolutions at all
Sheila Yoshikawa: I was just thinking – we have the ideal person here to do “first footing” after midnight on new year’s eve – a dark haired STRANGER

Stranger Nightfire

Wisdomseeker (lissena): I love that, Val
Sheila Yoshikawa: They do still make a lot of Hogmanay in Scotland (I lived in Glasgow for 8 years)
Beth Ghostraven: I don’t know about now but I think Hogmanay used to be more important that Christmas to the Scots
Sheila Yoshikawa: Sorry – you already started on resolutions
Sheila Yoshikawa: yes @Beth but now the commercial side of things swings it to Christmas
Stranger Nightfire: what is first footing?
Wisdomseeker (lissena): the first man who walks in the door…
ThinkererSelby Evans (thinkerer.melville): Resolutions and How To Break Them https://virtualoutworlding.blogspot.com/2012/01/stech-resolutions-and-how-to-break-them.html
Wisdomseeker (lissena): fill in the rest
Sheila Yoshikawa: the first person to put their foot over your threshold is supposed to be a dark haired man carrying coal
Valibrarian Gregg: ty Selby- cool blog post to read later
PI (pi.illios): Interesting
Sheila Yoshikawa: so that means you will keep warm and safe the coming year
Stranger Nightfire: ah
Marly (marly.milena): As soon as you make a resolution, your subconscious goes to work to undermine it! LOL
Sheila Yoshikawa: https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/what-first-footing-where-scottish-hogmanay-tradition-comes-and-common-first-footing-gifts-1399325
Wisdomseeker (lissena): how about setting intentions, Marly?
Valibrarian Gregg: I only make fun ones- with an emphasis for the year (not the typical lose weight/ stop smoking etc)
Marly (marly.milena): Same thing. I can intend to do more aerobic exercise all I want, understand the benefits, blah blah, but a tiny demon gets me to resist
ThinkererSelby Evans (thinkerer.melville): How about setting goals?
Valibrarian Gregg: One year- back when CDs were the thing, I made a resolution to put them all back in the right case in my car! Boy- I was glad when that year was over LOL
Sheila Yoshikawa: @Liss you had “more attention to detail” and “do not over rely on friends to help :)” already
Beth Ghostraven: I’m the type who puts things on a to-do list after I do them, so I can check them off
Jamie Jordan (jwheels.carver): goals are good
Marly (marly.milena): Haha, Beth!
Wisdomseeker (lissena): oh you thought I was serious, Sheila? 🙂
Sheila Yoshikawa: lol Beth sounds a useful ruse
Stranger Nightfire: I will go dig some up
ThinkererSelby Evans (thinkerer.melville): Quick Quotes about setting goals https://virtualoutworlding.blogspot.com/2012/11/tkr-quick-quotes-about-setting-goals.html
Sheila Yoshikawa: also – like that approach @Val
Beth Ghostraven: That way I can look back and feel accomplished
Valibrarian Gregg: I like one my friend shared— her resolution was to wear more lipstick! a cheery colorful year!
Beth Ghostraven: I use the Tasks part of Google calendar to set daily goals, but I often move them to later
Sheila Yoshikawa: I’m mulling over Liss’ resolutions – possibly I sometimes have TOO MUCH attention to detail, so perhaps I should get less bogged down in detail
Wisdomseeker (lissena): Sheila, can we trade?
Wisdomseeker (lissena): my character needs improving
Sheila Yoshikawa: I don’t think I’ve ever used Tasks on Google Calendar – I’ll take a look
Beth Ghostraven: If we really wanted to open ourselves up, we could have our friends make resolutions for us – what they think we should resolve
Wisdomseeker (lissena): love it, Beth!
Beth Ghostraven: Personally I’m allergic to the word “should”
Wisdomseeker (lissena): I will ask my husband–no, i won’t
Marly (marly.milena): I have a desk calendar with a side column for Notes and To Do. I find that attending to small chunks of time (like what I want to accomplish in a week) works much better than long stretches like a year
Sheila Yoshikawa: yes I suppose “to do” lists are sort of sets of resolutions?
Wisdomseeker (lissena): how is it that the subject of New Year’s resolutions creates so much levity? 🙂
Valibrarian Gregg: I have lists, post-its, docs, calendars- folders everywhere! and my goal is to just keep juggling! (But I have made a cool Val’s Declutter Spreadsheet to keep track of what I can sort when I have moments when I feel like it.)
Beth Ghostraven: ooh Val, can you share it please?
Valibrarian Gregg: I strive for a balance between digital (virtual) and physical-rl sorting each day as I float through it all
Marly (marly.milena): But even when I decide to leave dishes in the sink, I find myself washing them because the comfort of laziness is overcome by the desire to see a clean sink when I come into the kitchen the next day!
Wisdomseeker (lissena): I need to downsize this coming year if we are ever going to move
PI (pi.illios): I will try to relax more
Marly (marly.milena): In other words, your psyche has priorities
Sheila Yoshikawa: Wondering the difference between “A thing I know I have just got to do” and “A resolution”?
Wisdomseeker (lissena): Can we help you relax, Pi?
Marly (marly.milena): CBD Gummies? LOL
Sheila Yoshikawa: @Marly and sometimes you may have to retrain your psyche?
Marly (marly.milena): @Sheila, good luck with that!
Sheila Yoshikawa: lol
PI (pi.illios): I need techniques
Wisdomseeker (lissena): hugging is good
PI (pi.illios): And tell myself is ok to do anything sometimes
Wisdomseeker (lissena): we need a group hugger here!
Marly (marly.milena): PI, conscious breathing helps. So does looking or going outside at wonderful nature
Sheila Yoshikawa: techniques, but things you want to do and are easy to do? I find it a problem when you have to make a stressful effort to learn how to relax
Valibrarian Gregg: I am always seeking new modes of organization and time-management… but not in a stressful way! in a fun way
Sheila Yoshikawa: I de-stress here and by going out and looking at flowers and trees and sky – as well just looking around really and enjoying the moment
PI (pi.illios): Same here Sheila
Wisdomseeker (lissena): my newest technique for downsizing is to say yes when the Vietnam Vets email me to ask for donations 🙂
Marly (marly.milena): I am VERY good at time management. My secret is to always leave unplanned time, however little, between Must Do stuff.
PI (pi.illios): Good advice Marly
Sheila Yoshikawa: even at my age I still haven’t learned to be realistic about the amount of time that things take …..
Valibrarian Gregg: Val’s Declutter Spreadsheet sparks joy 🙂 I like KonMari’s fun take on organizing
Valibrarian Gregg: yes Marly- my husband makes me relax and kick back- because I do go go go!
Marly (marly.milena): @Sheila…I feel for you. But you can always tack on extra time knowing you are not accurate about it! Hahaha
Sheila Yoshikawa: I just made Lyr’s “resolutions” slides buyable for zero linden I think
You paid Sheila Yoshikawa L$0 for NPC 2020 Share Your New Year’s Resolution viewer.
Beth Ghostraven: it worked, Sheila, thank you!
PI (pi.illios) whispers: Thank you!

Sheila Yoshikawa: OK I want to move on to the next part of the session
Sheila Yoshikawa: so please click the box for a folder
Sheila Yoshikawa: haha if you can see past beth and her slides
Valibrarian Gregg: wearing you resolutions! is nice
Sheila Yoshikawa: there it is
PI (pi.illios): ROFL
Sheila Yoshikawa: but first please follow me to the little display I made
Sheila Yoshikawa: So Torii gates show that you are entering a spiritual zone

Beth Ghostraven: Sheila, I love your little reindeer buddy
Valibrarian Gregg: adorable Sheila

KOPI Japanese Hina Dolls (platform Type) whispers: choice = ohinasama
Sheila Yoshikawa: I must first say I’m not an expert in Japanese culture
Sheila Yoshikawa: but I take an interest
Sheila Yoshikawa: this is a fortune’s booth

Wisdomseeker (lissena): so colorful
Sheila Yoshikawa: traditional at new year in particular
Sheila Yoshikawa: if you click the cylinder on the counter it gives you a notecard
Valibrarian Gregg: good fortune- good luck – lovely
Sheila Yoshikawa: and next to it is where people tie their fortunes
Second Life: [MRS]OMIKUJI Vendor with Rope owned by Sheila Yoshikawa gave you ’38’ ( Infolit iSchool (219,46,22) ).
*  凶 / Curse
* [恋愛/LOVE]
* 自身に問題あり。改めよ。/ Change your character.
* [健康/HEALTH]
* 睡眠第一。休みなさい。/ Sleep is important.
* [仕事/WORK]
* 自信を持て。/ Work with confidence
* [金運/MONEY]
* 自分のために遣え。/ Make money for yourself
* [旅行/TRAVEL]
* 西か北が吉。/ West or north is good
made by [MARUSHIN]
Marly (marly.milena): what counter?
PI (pi.illios): Lovely!
Sheila Yoshikawa: Marly here where I am now
Sheila Yoshikawa: Then there is the Year of the rabbit display
PI (pi.illios): Very good advice
Sheila Yoshikawa: of items I picked up this year

Sheila Yoshikawa: I put some things in the notecard I will copy out
Wisdomseeker (lissena): what is characteristic of the year of the rabbit?
Sheila Yoshikawa: A year of the rabbit scroll
2 “year of the rabbit” shrine offerings – the one on the bottom step gives mochi – soft rice dumpling
A rabbit doll display – this has the traditional characters in a doll display that you see in Hinamatsuri displays https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinamatsuri
A display of all the zodiac animals with the rabbit in the centre
A Hamaya display for the year of the rabbit. These are good luck arrows obtained at shrines. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamaya
Sheila Yoshikawa: I think it’s earthy?
Sheila Yoshikawa: @Liss
Sheila Yoshikawa: I do like the little Hinamatsuri dolls but they are all rabbits
Wisdomseeker (lissena): ty
Valibrarian Gregg: It appears the arrows are to drive evil away?
Sheila Yoshikawa: I almost forgot the fireworks
Sheila Yoshikawa: yes @Val
Valibrarian Gregg: ooh setting my sun to midnight!!
Valibrarian Gregg: beautiful fireworks PLUS your amazing Northern Lights
Sheila Yoshikawa: you’ll also get the aurora borealis that I have here all the time
Beth Ghostraven: did I miss the fireworks?
Valibrarian Gregg: I love the aurora borealis!
Sheila Yoshikawa: no they are still ongoing above us

PI (pi.illios): So cool
Marly (marly.milena): Tip to the midnight sky with your camera. Lovely!
Sheila Yoshikawa: OK, for those that want, let’s visit a couple of shrines and collect freebies!
Valibrarian Gregg: yes! let’s
PI (pi.illios): Yes!
Sheila Yoshikawa: So first, Blue Reef (136,156,29)
Valibrarian Gregg: see you there
Sheila Yoshikawa: let’s go there first
Valibrarian Gregg: lovely!
You are now at WQNC, Blue Reef (136, 156, 30)
Sheila Yoshikawa: I’ll go straight to the shrine

Marly (marly.milena): What is a Hamaya?
Sheila Yoshikawa: the arrow
Valibrarian Gregg: I am wearing it!
PI (pi.illios): Got it
Sheila Yoshikawa: and I’m wearing it
Valibrarian Gregg: Are we to wear it?
You paid gin Fhang L$0 for WQNC Hamaya_2023(:..Silvery K..:).

Sheila Yoshikawa: yes
Marly (marly.milena): I am more of a discarder than a collector so I will be leaving you all now. Happy New Year!
Valibrarian Gregg: warding off evil hehe
Sheila Yoshikawa: and here’s the same fortune booth that I’ve got
Sheila Yoshikawa: over here some food as is customary
Valibrarian Gregg: lovely sim with a magical feel
Sheila Yoshikawa: yes it is a beautiful sim altogether
Valibrarian Gregg: floating snowballs
Second Life: [MRS]OMIKUJI Vendor owned by 麻亜紗うぃんちぇすたー (maasya) gave you ’27’ ( Blue Reef (100,146,32) ).
*  小吉 / Small Blessing
* [恋愛/LOVE]
* 友人からの紹介が吉。/ The introduction from a friend is good
* [健康/HEALTH]
* 気にやむな。治る。/ No worries.Get better.
* [仕事/WORK]
* 年長者の力を借りるべき時。/ Borrow the power of elders
* [金運/MONEY]
* 目上を敬えば、利あり。/ Respect the elders
* [旅行/TRAVEL]
* 慌てないほうが良い。/ Don’t jump the gun. take your time.
made by [MARUSHIN]
Sheila Yoshikawa: and here the rack with Ema – New year tokens that you might hang in your house
Valibrarian Gregg: that would be fun to do in a library….as a display
Sheila Yoshikawa: they don’t have worshipping animations here
Sheila Yoshikawa: you ring the bell
Sheila Yoshikawa: bow
Sheila Yoshikawa: clap your hands
Valibrarian Gregg: Is that a bell or a weapon of torture lol
Sheila Yoshikawa: make a donation
Sheila Yoshikawa: I think the next location has that
Sheila Yoshikawa: Let’s go there SHIKI VILLAGE (157,196,29)
Sheila Yoshikawa: I’m going to the 2nd shiki location
You are now at SHIKI-Shinto, SHIKI VILLAGE (157, 196, 30)

Sheila Yoshikawa: When I visited last time there were Shrine Maidens here
Sheila Yoshikawa: Japanese people I assume, dressed as shrine maidens
Sheila Yoshikawa: which is a long red and white outfit
Valibrarian Gregg: I clicked on those bells and they rang!
Valibrarian Gregg: and you can bow
Beth Ghostraven: Do the different bracelets have different meanings?

Sheila Yoshikawa: @Beth I think yes
Beth Ghostraven: oh, I see, the attribute is in the name – peace, beauty, etc
Sheila Yoshikawa: but I’m not sure what
Sheila Yoshikawa: lol oh yes
Beth Ghostraven: they’re not free though
Sheila Yoshikawa: Only the rabbit headband is free
Sheila Yoshikawa: the shrine with its offerings is inside the building
You paid Meni (menieelee.gelles) L$0 for ASO! New Year Usagi Hair band.
Wisdomseeker (lissena): beautifully done
Valibrarian Gregg: great way to teach students about other cultures
Sheila Yoshikawa: yes, and leading up to it are booths with food and so forth
Wisdomseeker (lissena): I love paper umbrellas in summer
Wisdomseeker (lissena): buy them in Chinatown
Sheila Yoshikawa: Ok let’s go to the next (2 more to go)
Sheila Yoshikawa: tonarino (137,156,384)
You are now at tonarino https://www.flickr.com/groups/14689051@N23/, tonarino (137, 156, 385)

[MB] Komodaru Sake Server (touch): Wear Sake and say Cheers to cheer/マスを装着して「KANPAI]とチャットに打ち込むと乾杯します
Valibrarian Gregg: I got some sake!!
Sheila Yoshikawa: This shrine is here every year
Stranger Nightfire: watch out for that first step
Sheila Yoshikawa: this is the 2023 Hamaya here
Sheila Yoshikawa: again buy for zero linden
Wisdomseeker (lissena): good sake
Wisdomseeker (lissena): sake
Beth Ghostraven: My dad spent a long time in Japan during the Korean War and he brought customs back with him
{kotori mikuji} whispers: 大吉(dai-kichi) : Great blessing
Wisdomseeker (lissena): confusing the writer with the drink
Second Life: [MRS]OMIKUJI Vendor owned by ヒデブマン (hideaki.core) gave you ’08’ ( tonarino (133,150,38) ).
Wisdomseeker (lissena): interesting Beth!
Sheila Yoshikawa: also here they have a bird-picking fortune
Sheila Yoshikawa: you click the bird, it hops around and then picks a fortune
PI (pi.illios): I LOVE the little bird

Sheila Yoshikawa: just read what you put Beth – fascinating – what sort of things?
Beth Ghostraven: my mom often made sukiyaki at home
{kotori mikuji} whispers: 大凶(dai-kyō) : Great curse
Beth Ghostraven: he brought kimonos, tabi, and geta, the wooden shoes
Beth Ghostraven: I still have a bunch of stuff
Wisdomseeker (lissena): I have several kimonos in SL 🙂
Sheila Yoshikawa: 😉
Valibrarian Gregg: cool Liss
Beth Ghostraven: the only kimono I have in RL is for a baby
Beth Ghostraven: itty bitty
Sheila Yoshikawa: over here is the water feature wear you are supposed to clean yourself before worship
Beth Ghostraven: where’s the bird?
Sheila Yoshikawa: I do have a few kimono in the physical world
Valibrarian Gregg: it is hopping along in front of me Beth
Sheila Yoshikawa: but they aren’t really things you can wear out
Valibrarian Gregg: on the counter display
Sheila Yoshikawa: i mean outside
{kotori mikuji} whispers: 吉(kichi) : Blessing
Beth Ghostraven: thanks Val
Sheila Yoshikawa: again here you have lots of food booths and shops leading up to the shrine
{kotori mikuji} whispers: 凶(kyō) : Curse
PI (pi.illios): I have learn a lot
Beth Ghostraven: lol here’s what I got from the bird:
{kotori mikuji} kyou: 凶(kyō) : 足の小指をぶつけないように注意。
{kotori mikuji} kyou: Curse: Be careful or you will hit your pinky toe.

Sheila Yoshikawa: OK finally I will take you to
Sheila Yoshikawa: Katakana (48,112,39)
Sheila Yoshikawa: This shrine is a bit less impressive than previous years but has different freebies
Sheila Yoshikawa: Katakana (48,112,39)
Second Life: Teleport completed from tonarino (138,157,38)
You are now at Neo Tanpopo, Katakana (48, 112, 40)

Sheila Yoshikawa: underneath a box with free rabbit (usagi) daruma
Wisdomseeker (lissena): daruma?
Sheila Yoshikawa: and on the counter are some more free things
Sheila Yoshikawa: sort of circular objects https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daruma_doll
PI (pi.illios): I got them!
Sheila Yoshikawa: a hollow circular caricature sort of doll
Wisdomseeker (lissena): ty!
Sheila Yoshikawa: and the kokeshi doll on the counter
Sheila Yoshikawa: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokeshi
Valibrarian Gregg: Pi- lots of free stuff! are you getting this
PI (pi.illios) whispers: Yes!
Beth Ghostraven: ooh I’ve been looking for some geta
Sheila Yoshikawa: most years there is more here – lucky chairs and things
Sheila Yoshikawa: the shrine is across the field
Valibrarian Gregg: oh look I can make sushi!!

Valibrarian Gregg: Lol what did you sit in Sheila!?
Wisdomseeker (lissena): hmm this is making me hungry
Sheila Yoshikawa: Dango – they seem traditional too
Sheila Yoshikawa: OK
Sheila Yoshikawa: I think the tour is ended
Wisdomseeker (lissena): nice, Sheila!
Valibrarian Gregg: this was a great cultural experience TY
Sheila Yoshikawa: but if you’ve got the notecard you can see there are some more landmarks
Sheila Yoshikawa: yes
Beth Ghostraven: Thank you, Sheila, this was great!
PI (pi.illios): Fantastic tour
Sheila Yoshikawa: these shrines are so lovingly made
PI (pi.illios): It was great
Valibrarian Gregg: yes- it shows 🙂
Sheila Yoshikawa: and it is interesting seeing similarities and differences
Valibrarian Gregg: tiny details
Wisdomseeker (lissena): yes
Sheila Yoshikawa: Sayonara!
Valibrarian Gregg: Sayonara until next week! ty
Valibrarian Gregg: bye all
Beth Ghostraven: bye for now :o)

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