I'll be leaving Japan this Saturday to return home for a week. Just enough time in Tokyo to view Tokyo station, the Ginza electronic district, and the Imperial Palace East Gardens. As a result, I won't be updating the blog for two weeks. Be patient. Go running.
The Emperor's Birthday is also this Saturday, December 23rd. I'll be stopping by the Imperial Palace to join in the people's viewing before I head to Narita Airport. Details here.
My article regarding Christmas in Japan has been published on The Foreigner. Still working on getting something into CommonTies.