Today is the first working day of the year — and of course the last working day of the week. It'd be an understatement to say things are quieter than usual; the morning train didn't even fill all seats, and while the office isn't empty, things are very quiet throughout the building. Half of Japan is probably taking an extra vacation day today.
Anyway, I've only barely downloaded the pictures I took on the trip, so a real post about our trip will have to wait. Here's a monthly pick of pictures for the past year. As usual, the actual date taken may be earlier than the post (film shots may be a month or more before I get around to posting them here). Also, due to time constraints and other issues I really don't have a lot of pictures to choose among for many months, and the quality unfortunately reflects that.