New years

2010 – Sydney, 2011 – Tokyo, 2012 – London. It seems I have developed a habit of welcoming new years in different major cities around the world, this is also something I want to keep up, maybe I can stretch it further and keep to a different continent too, New York 2013 anyone?

To prepare for the big night in my home countries capital, I decided to make a brief to-do list over the new years period. I’ve been to London a few times before and seen most of the big sites, but some are worth revisiting, and some I’ve not seen before. I will also be accompanied by my girlfriend who I will be meeting in London and has never been before, so it’s important to view it from some fresh eyes.

1. Abbey Road – The crossing made famous by The Beatles album named after it, and constantly filled with tourists doing ‘that pose’. It needs to be done really doesn’t it?

2. Read the rest! \(^u^)/ →


In Japan, the Emperor says hello on 26th December (his birthday) and 2nd January (to send his wishes for the new year). He opens up the grounds of the Imperial Palace on these 2 days for the public to go along and get a glimpse inside (usually you can only visit the gardens of the Palace or get an official tour inside).

I went along on the 2nd Jan 2011 to have a look and this is what I was greeted with… Read the rest! \(^u^)/ →


Japanese Lucky Bags

January 18, 2011 · 9 comments

To celebrate new years. In Japan, stores offer lucky bags. Lucky bags are sealed bags with merchandise from the store for sale at a discounted price. Usually the minimum you get is 3-4x the value of the bag inside. So if the bag costs 1000Y, then you will likely get 3-4000Y of stuff inside. If it costs 10000Y, then you can expect 30-40000Y of products inside, often more! Read the rest! \(^u^)/ →


Tokyo Tower at the turn of midnight Jan 1st 2011


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)