Like any fine young lady, Parin loves the holidays, as do the fine folks that live in Tiese town. In fact, Tiese Town has absorbed not just a bit of monster culture, and just a large amount of mining culture, but also some Japanese culture. Yep, even the tiny town of Tiese has some multicultural flair. And you are welcome to join in on the festivities!
On Christmas Eve a Santa outfit will appear in Parin’s wardrobe and a Christmas tree will appear in Fan Cute Cake shop, Disk’s Discount Shop, and of course, in Parin’s room. The Santa outfit can be put on like any other item of clothing. It doesn’t carry a stat boost, but will definitely get you suited in the holiday spirit!
Even neater are the Japanese New Year (called Shogatsu in Japanese) celebrations starting on New Year’s Day. In Japan New Year’s Day is a traditional time for new clothes, and one of the few days when everyone can trot out their formal best. And in Parin’s case that’s means a beautiful Kimono outfit will be waiting for her in her wardrobe.
But in Japan, New Year’s is also about the food, and nothing epitomizes New Year’s delicacies (and decorations) like Kagami Mochi. There are a handful of them scattered across Tiese. Like the Christmas tree, just look around town and see if you can spot them all.
You should have no trouble recognizing the Kagami Mochi; it’s two stacked, round rice cakes with a leaf on top and resting on a stand. Less obvious is the ‘why.’
Mochi means sweet rice cakes and kagami means mirror in Japanese. The Kagami Mochi name comes apparently from the arrangement’s resemblance to an old fashioned copper mirror. Traditional explanations for the use of Mochi in this New Year’s tradition include mochi being a food for sunny days, the spirit of the most honored rice plant being found in the mochi, and mochi being a food that gives strength. The two discs shapes are variously said to symbolize the going and coming years, the human heart, or the moon and the sun. Kagami Mochi rests on a stand called daidai. The name daidai is a pun on the word meaning generations and symbolizes the continuation of a family from generation to generation.
While you’re out adventuring in your new holiday outfits why not share them with the Gurumin Miiverse community (http://tinyurl.com/GuruminMiiverse)? It’s super easy to do. We’ll walk you through it in several easy-to-follow steps:
- With Gurumin 3D running, proceed to an area in the game where you’d like to capture a screenshot
- Press the Home button on your 3DS
- With the game still running in the background, tap on the Miiverse icon and let it sign you in and load up
- You’ll be taken directly to the Gurumin 3D Miiverse page
- Here you can upload your screenshot with a description and an optional reaction by selecting “Write Play Journal Entry”
- Tap post button
- And wa-lah! Congratulations, you’ve just shared your Gurumin 3D holiday adventures with the Miiverse community!
From all of us at Mastiff, we hope you enjoy your holidays as much as Parin and the Gurumin monster crew enjoy theirs!