Being in Tokyo at this time of year can have its disadvantages. For starters, New Years Eve isnt the go-out-and-get-absolutely-shit-faced-drunk kind of night. Not in the slightest. Instead its common to eat noodles and watch TV. Hmm.
Also, the banks are closed for 3 or 4 days, so if you forget to draw some money out before late afternoon on the 31st, then you are in for a poor start to the New Year. Quite literally.
But there are advantages. Well, one to be exact. Usually the trains are like this:
Yet for a few peaceful days over the New Year, they are like this:
Look, theres even room to lie down!
Having just re-read this post, I think I’ve inadvertently managed to demonstrate how dull the New Year can be here. Ho hum.