Walking - very slowly and with many bumps - through Ueno's Ameyokocho market on the afternoon of December 31st, 2009, last chance for shopping before the New Year's holiday (1/1-1/3) begins.
In the old days, stores were all closed then, so it was important to get shopping done by no later than the 31st, since you wouldn't be able to shop again until the 4th, but these days, a lot of stores are open on the 1st and most are open by the 2nd. Still, the old habit is there and even if stores are open, it's good to not have to go out, and just relax at home over those three days. 上野のアメ横丁 (Recorded on Thursday, December 31st, 2009, at 3:22 p.m.)
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon