Emperor’s birthday

24 Dec

Today is Christmas Eve.

In many ways X-mas and New Years are exact opposites of each other in Japan and Western countries.

In Western countries, Xmas is the biggest holiday of the year with the post office busy delivering Xmas cards, many stores are closed and families gather to enjoy a big dinner together and give gifts to children.
And then New Years is celebrated on New Years Eve and quietly ends the next day.

In Japan, it’s the other way around.
Here, Christmas is often celebrated in Xmas Eve by couples going on a date and families having a dinner of chicken and Xmas cake for dessert (just as many people have this dinner on Xmas Day as do on Xmas Eve). But Xmas ends quietly and people get ready for New Years…Japan’s biggest holiday.
Just like Xmas in the West, in Japan New Years is the biggest holiday of the year with the post office busy delivering 年賀状 (New Years postcards), many stores are closed and families gather to enjoy a big dinner together and give gifts (お年玉) to children.

Click here to read the post I wrote about Japanese Xmas last year.

Also, yesterday was 天皇誕生日 (the Emperor of Japan’s birthday).
Christmas isn’t a legal holiday in Japan…it’s a regular work / school day, but the Emperor’s birthday is a legal holiday.
It’s also one of the only two times a year that the public is allowed inside the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace (the other time is just after the New Year).
People who go into the Palace grounds can see the Japanese Royal Family and hear the Emperor give his annual birthday speech.

Last year, I wrote a post about the Emperor’s birthday too. Click here to read it.

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Completely unrelated, but I heard about a website called 「美人時計」 (“Beautiful Girl Clock“).

It show a new photograph every minute of a pretty girl in the Tokyo holding a board with the current time (of course in Japanese Standard Time (JST)).

This site is extremely popular. So they decided to make another version…now there’s a 「ギャル時計」 (“Gal Clock“) too.
Gal” is a type of 渋谷 (Shibuya, Tokyo) girl fashion.

Click here for the 「美人時計」 (“Beautiful Girl Clock“).
And Click here for the 「ギャル時計」 (“Gal Clock“)

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15 Responses to “Emperor’s birthday”

  1. Yummy February 20, 2010 at 12:01 am #

    gal gal gal~

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    • tokyo5 February 20, 2010 at 12:05 am #

      I take it you like the “Gal Clock.

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  2. tokyo5 December 25, 2009 at 2:53 am #

    I forgot to mention that New Years is the only time that trains in Japan run 24 hours-a-day.

    From about January 1 – 3, if you’re in Japan and out late…you don’t need to worry about the “last train”.

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  3. cuteandcurls December 25, 2009 at 1:17 am #

    With that I wish you and family a Merry Christmas 🙂

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  4. Tornadoes28 December 24, 2009 at 3:20 pm #

    I think Beautiful Girl Clock but I have only seen a few minutes worth. 🙂

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    • tokyo5 December 24, 2009 at 3:33 pm #

      I didn’t see much of those sites either.

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  5. Tornadoes28 December 24, 2009 at 5:43 am #

    Interesting websites.

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    • tokyo5 December 24, 2009 at 1:48 pm #

      Which one did you like better?

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  6. Sir Pent December 24, 2009 at 3:55 am #

    I’m resending what I said before. That is NOT what they are doing. They actually ARE taking individual images with times handwritten on the boards and querying a database to pull up the appropriate image. (ie, my computer says 12:54…so it pulls up the image called 12:54.)

    The way I described would require far fewer pictures and would allow them to recycle the ones they have.

    Still fun.

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    • tokyo5 December 24, 2009 at 1:47 pm #

      Actually, I guess I misunderstood your previous comment because I knew that each picture has the girl holding a board with the time written in it.

      The news I read about those sites said that each model took 720 photos (60 minutes X 12 hours=720).

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  7. Sir Pent December 24, 2009 at 3:11 am #

    Yup. We use a similar concept for some of the print-work that we do, but basically those women all pose with blank boards and then the time from your computer is imposed on top of it.
    You can see between pictures that it processes for a few seconds before refreshing. That’s the system generating and imposing the “time image” onto the picture.
    Very fun.

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  8. Sir Pent December 24, 2009 at 2:36 am #

    Actually, they are using a variable data application which is pulling the time from your computer and inserting it into the image…so the time is correct for whatever zone your computer is in.

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    • tokyo5 December 24, 2009 at 3:02 am #

      Oh, as I’m in Tokyo and those photos were taken in Tokyo, I assumed it was on Tokyo time.
      But it shows the time on your computer?

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