We joined an impromptu group of our neighbors in the park to see the 2008 hatsuhinode (first sunrise of the year).

Our picnic of hot chocolate, cheese, bread, and nuts.

More and more people arrived in the park—families with children, women and men in groups, people walking their dogs, men with bitchin’ cameras—until 6:56 a.m., when the sun finally peeked over the hill.

Happy New Year from the land of the rising sun.