First day into Christmas break and we are doing nothing---it's a wonderful nothing. We haven't done nothing in months. We leave for Thailand on Monday to do more of nothing, but on the beach this time. We'll be back on January 5th, just after the Japanese New Year festivities are over. Next year I think I'd like to be in Japan for the new year when they eat noodles, throw beans and go to temples all dressed in Kimono. For now, here are a few pictures of Tokyo daily life. I think they give a nice sense of the intensity of the city.Inside a tall building in Futako-Tamagawa, the shopping mall/train station/neighborhood near my house. You can see all of downtown Tokyo from here.
Shibuya at Christmas. I'm not a Christmas purist, but there is something about the Japanese celebration of Christmas that seems really hollow to me--it's even more consumer driven than the US.