Yesterday was 冬至 (Winter Solstice). In Japan, many people eat pumpkin and take a bath with Yuzu fruit to prevent catching a cold.
Click here to read a post I wrote with more detail about this Japanese tradition.
Today is a holiday in Japan. It’s 天皇誕生日 (the Emperor of Japan’s birthday). He’s 77 years old now.
This is one of the two days of the year that the public are invited into the Emperor’s Palace grounds to see him and listen to his speech.
Click here to read my FAQ about it.
Anyways, every year the Mitsukoshi Department Store in 銀座 (Ginza, Tokyo) has an exhibit of press photos of the biggest news stories of the year.
We often go to see it. And we went to this year’s exhibit today.
It was quite good, as usual. There were nearly 300 photos that showed many big events of this year…from the World Cup and the Olympics to the miners rescue in Chile.
Of course, there was photos of the closing of the Kabuki Theater in Tokyo.
Click here to read my post about this famous theater’s closing (with photo that I took).
If you’re in Tokyo you should check out this exhibit. It’s free of charge and runs until Sunday (2010 December 26).
All photos in this post are from the Mitsukoshi 2010 Press Photo Exhibit website.