At New Year’s In Japan, Bigger Is Better

NYGiantMochi

Try eating THIS monster lobster ‘n rice cake!

It’s that time of year when too much is just enough.

IMG_0272

Jumbo wrestlers with jumbo mallets pound jumbo amounts of rice.

NYTrash

This special gigantic trash bin isn’t even big enough for the sacred garbage brought to the Yasukuni Shrine at New Year’s.

And biggest of all, my thanks to all you wonderful readers and commenters (and especially those of you who read and enjoyed my books!) for another great year of laughing and crying and saying hunh? with me as we wander through the ever-amazing world of Japan together.

NYDecorations

Happy Year Of The Horse, from me to you!

Read a novel set in Tokyo

In the wake of a deadly earthquake, fans erupt in a frenzy of mourning when it’s discovered that their favorite pop star is among the dead. But when Detective Kenji Nakamura is sent to investigate a death at a local shrine, he finds evidence that suggests the impossible: How could the head priest have been murdered by…read more