The twelfth month of the traditional Japanese calendar (now December), known as shiwasu (師走) which means something like ‘priests running’. As New Year’s approaches, both Shinto priests (kannushi 神主) and Buddhists priests (obōsan お坊さん) are very busy preparing for the end of the year celebrations and the first visits of the new year. So they probably have a lot of errands to run, hence the name of the month.
As for me, I am really glad the month is finally coming to an end. It was tremendously busy at work, JLPT, my daughter’s birthday, and preparations for Japan. Christmas was the last of my concerns this year.
At any rate, my wife and daughter went to Japan a week early,1 and I spent time here at home, hiding in the “Man Cave” playing some Playstation, but also cleaning up the house, and packing some more things, making sure the house is in good order before I leave. By the time you read this, I will probably be on a flight to Japan. I am a big person (180cm, 6′), so sitting in an Economy-class seat for 10 hours will be a test of patience.
I think this year I will try doing more of a video-blog format than just posting lots of pictures. I have a newer iPhone so the video quality is good, and it’s convenient to carry around. On the other hand, I feel kind of shy taking videos of myself, by myself, in busy places. So we’ll see. 🙂 If not, I’ll post pictures as usual.
Also, if anyone has anything they really want to see (besides Akihabara), please feel free to pass them along. We have plans mostly for the first half of the trip, and I hope to see some friends during the second half, but I also may have some free days in there. I have ideas where I want to go, but nothing set.
See you all across the Pacific!
1 My daughter seems to have recovered from her stomach flu a few days ago. She was vomiting from Saturday until Thursday, but seems to be better now, and eating lots of food. Worst possible timing, but I am glad she’s OK.