Posted by: Airtower | 2011-01-01

New Year’s Sunrise

あけましておめでとう。 (Happy new year!)

I got up really early this morning to catch the first train from Sendai to Matsushima (松島) and watch the first sunrise of the new year there. It was somewhat cloudy, but the sight was still magnificent and I also got some nice photos, like the one below. Is there a better way to start the new year in the land of the rising sun? 🙂

Rising sun shining through clouds over Matsushima bay.

A very unusual thing was seeing Sendai downtown all quiet when returning from Matsushima around 9 am. Normally it is bursting with life no matter the time of day.

I am working on two more posts, but for now I just wish everyone a good year 2011 (平成23 in the Japanese calendar)!



  1. sry fürs jetzt erst posten ^^
    also ich wünsche ein frohes neues Jahr

    warst du denn nun uahc und hast beim tempel wenigstens zugeschaut???

    • Danke!

      Nein, ich wurde mittags zu einem regional typischen Neujahrsessen eingeladen und nachmittags bis abends bei einer japanischen Familie (einschließlich Sushi zum Abendessen). Das war mir dann doch wichtiger. 😉 Außerdem habe ich etwas erfahren, was den kommenden Post über Weihnachten in Japan bereichern wird…

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