Howdy there! And Happy 2014! We rang in the New Year in Tokyo, and are still suffering from some serious Japan withdrawal.
New Year’s in Japan is a different experience from anywhere else in the world; it’s a sacred time, when most families group together and take a long break from work. Many shops and restaurants shut down over the entire period, and nearly all museums and public parks close. It was a bit of an inconvenience, and meant that we had to rethink our itinerary, but it was insightful to witness Tokyo during this quiet time.