The last darkness of the old year gives way to the first pale light of the first morning on the new year. Just before dawn on New Year’s Day I visited Akagi Shrine in Tokyo’s famous Kagurazaka district. This shrine is easily the most modern shinto shrine in Japan – all glass, concrete and machine cut stone! It was bitingly cold night but I stood around to enjoy the last of the moon before the sun came out. There was a steady stream of visitors even at that time, mostly couples or men and women coming alone, but also a few locals offering bottles of sake or boxes of fruits to the shrine and even a rowdy group of drunk young men. If you’re ever in the area, this is one of the must see shrines of Tokyo!
I shot this a few day ago on my roof with a handheld 500mm lens. I am pretty sure I can get a much better shot than this but I for now I wanted to show you this one. Maybe I’ll try again tonight. Recently we’ve had a good weather, which is great since we’re at the beginning of a very long Golden Week (which is the name Japanese give to a week long holiday where they in typical Japanese fashion all go out and do exactly the same things at the same times – expect ticket prices to sky rocket and all hotel rooms to be fully booked).