Thursday, January 01, 2009

Kinga Shinnen

The Japanese have a belief—held throughout many other cultures—that how one spends the first of January establishes how the entire year shall follow.

Then this shall be a year of diagnosing and solving problems, socializing with friends, filled with sunshine and warmth, and productive.

A year of looking forward, not back. The old year is gone, burnt, and the new year rises. I'm off to set the year's standard for daily word goals.

Behold, through the magic of youtube, hatsuhinode (the first sunrise of the year) from Japan. (User is from Chiba-ken, which is near Tokyo, but I'm not exactly sure where the video takes place.)

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