by liberal japonicus
New Year's is a big holiday in Japan, but it snuck up on me (if that is possible) and I wasn't prepared for so many things to be closed. Still, it is a lot better than my first New Year's in Japan, when there were no convenience stores and everything was closed for 3 days. Not sure how I managed it. Anyway here's hoping that 2018 will treat you better than 2017 did. Feel free to put your thoughts on that or anything else below.