This is my first journal this year. It’s been cold in Japan since around Christmas holidays. Actually we had much snow in Nagoya area several days ago. It was also snowing on New Year’s Day when I went to Tokyo to spend holidays with my family. Luckily Shinkansen wasn’t running so late that day, and I didn’t need to wait for the train that long in the cold weather.
Actually, the train wasn’t crowded at all. I didn’t reserve, but I was able to find vacant seats easily. It might be because I used Hikari instead of Nozomi that day. Both are names of Shinkansen, or bullet train. Hikari stops at more stations and takes longer to arrive at Tokyo terminal from Nagoya than Nozomi. But it has five unreserved cars; on the other hand, Nozomi has three. Anyway, I went to Tokyo in the relaxing empty car.
In Tokyo, I met my relatives, enjoyed talking to them over osechi, or traditional New Year’s food, and visited a Shinto shrine with some of them. I had restful holidays there. I wish you the best of luck throughout this year!