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Yasaka Jinja

I visited a number of Temples and Shrines on New Years Day just to have a walk around and see the crowds. I started in the center of Kyoto and walked to Yasaka Jinja, Kodaiji, Kiyomizudera and then back to town.

New Year Day 2012

It is always quiet in Tokyo on New Year Day. Here is a scene in Shibuya with a lot less people than normal. It's really nice on the streets with so few people. Like a scene from a movie.

Happy New Year 2011

Happy New Year to everyone. I had a quiet night for New Years Eve, watching Kouhaku on the TV and then a quick walk in the local area after midnight, visiting a Jinja in Ebisu. Today I had a walk out to Meiji Jingu and then back…

Chirimen

Chirimen is a traditional Japanese weaving technique that was first developed about 500 years ago. The cloth fabric that is made using this technique is also known as chirimen. I came across this wonderful display of chirimen foods…

Japan Birds

It has been a busy day making some changes on the Site. I have photos to upload from my walk around Takanawa and visit to a shrine for New Years, but have not had a break from coding yet. I realized also I wanted to share with you a…

Japan Park Dance

I came across their dance scene in Yoyogi Park when out for a walk on New Years Day. It looked like they were making some sort of cosplay dance movie or maybe rehearsing for one. The rhythm beat was quite catchy. My niece who was…

Toilet Paper for New Year

Is this amazing at Amazon Japan or what? The kids are laughing at my suggestions here ---- but would you buy this for the season? Why not! I love it! You have got to get into the season with the spirit. I will be getting my festive…

Oshougatsu Kazari

Beautiful! Amazon Japan has this gold decoration to stop the bad things happening in the new year! Hamaya no Hatsuzekku A relative bought one of these a few years ago for our house - lucky!! Amazon Japan

Otoshidama

First of January 2010 is coming shortly. Have you got your otoshidama envelope at the ready? I sort of liked this choice - the ultraman envelopes!! These were the kind I organised a few years back for the little boys.... now they are…