2011 turned out to be quite an eventful year for me. Kicking it off with celebration at Zojoji temple and watching Tokyo Tower lit up promised good things. In the same weekend in Tokyo I also discovered Japanese lucky bags, a surprising thrill comes from buying a reasonably priced bag and receiving a highly priced item inside tempted many shoppers.

Tokyo Tower at the turn of midnight Jan 1st 2011

Of course the big news of the year though came with the March 11th earthquake off the coast of Japan. I wasn’t far off this, just 80km away from the Fukushima nuclear reactors. Read the rest! \(^u^)/ →


This is how they celebrate new years in Japan. Note a distinct lack of fireworks – but quite a lot of balloons!

People tie a bit of paper to the balloon with their wishes for the year (prosperous, wealth, health, etc)