The following post was published in The Express Tribune.
The beginning of a new year in the land of the rising sun was a very memorable experience for me. I learned a lot about Japanese culture when I spent my first new year away from my homeland here. Like the fact that Hitachi is defined by many Japanese people as the ‘rising sun’, where hi means ‘sun’ andtachi means ‘to rise’.
December 31 and January 1 saw hordes of people on the streets, making their way to shrines, temples, and matsuris (festivals).
On December 31, I made my way to Kyoto, the old capital of Japan. It is a small city full of shrines More