Rather than Christmas cards, the paper greeting that overwhelms the Japanese postal system this time of year is nengajo (new year's postcards). Many families make their own, adding photos of the previous year to show friends, relatives and colleagues the year's most important (or at least, the most photogenic) events. Joining the photos are usually … Continue reading Happy New Year
More lanterns from Enoshima, this time zigzagging up a hill at the start of the shrine's sando. Shrines and temples in Japan are getting ready for hatsumode, the first shrine/temple visit of the year. Lanterns are glowing all over the place.