Whew, what a crazy, only fun, weekend! The New Year’s vacation is the close celebrated inward Japan. Most people are off operate for the entire week, too many shops too restaurants are also unopen for several days. We spent Jan 2d too third at The New Sanno Hotel inward downtown Tokyo to direct maintain inward some of the festivities. Our starting fourth dimension halt was the Imperial Palace to come across the Emperor utter to the masses. This is i of alone 2 days per twelvemonth that the gates of the palace are opened to permit inward spectators. There were long lines for security, only they moved quickly.
These are the gates that are normally closed.
The guard at the gate.
I intend this is the palace, only this is the closest nosotros got.
The Emperor too his identify unit of measurement appeared inward this window at the specified time.
The crowd went wild! But this is all I could come across of the Emperor. (There were people handing out Japanese flags at the entrance.)
And, afterward the i infinitesimal speech, the masses exited. Apparently over 1 meg people top through the gates every Jan 2nd. I believe it!
An Imperial horseman (or a cop). The girls idea it was a prince, from the looks of the uniform!
We are glad nosotros went to the palace once, only I don’t intend nosotros volition brand an annual number of it. We happened upon this beautiful garden on our agency dorsum to the develop station. Flowers nevertheless inward blossom inward January!
Also, 2 stray cats. Ella too Eva loved watching them. It looks every bit though they are finding nutrient somewhere!
We made fourth dimension for swimming at the hotel, of course!
In the evening, nosotros walked roughly the real exclusive Roppongi Hills shopping district. The decorations were beautiful, too Tokyo Tower is the backdrop.
The trees changed colors, too!
Happy New Year!