New Year’s Day

The Yomiuri newspaper comes with a stack of shiny ads every day, but on New Year’s Day in particular, the advertisers go whole hog. Today’s haul was enough to stuff a pig. So if you’re looking for something to do on this beautiful first day of 2014, you can always…


PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERANormally, I take a quick gander and then toss them into the recycling bag, but this year I decided to investigate more thoroughly. Here’s the tally:

11 clothing and shoes
9 department Stores
6 electronics and cell phones
5 houses and apartments
4 supermarkets
4 health and fitness
3 furniture
3 politicians, each with a picture of Mt. Fuji
3 cable TV and video games
2 restaurants
2 cars and car accessories

And if all else fails,

1 life insurance
1 Buddhist altar

Being rather averse to shopping, I opted instead to eat my New Year’s noodles and then mosey on down to Shoin Jinja to make my New Year’s wish with about a gazillion other people.

PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERAAnd I always enjoy checking out the sacred garbage. (Thanks for that, Jonelle!)

PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERANot a bad way to start the new year.

And so, gentle readers, thank you always for dropping by and I wish you satisfaction, peace of mind and karmic well-being in the coming year.

Any opinions about that? I love to hear from you.

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