The earth shook today (7.0 off the coast of Tokyo) as a rude and surprising awakening to 2012, perhaps just reminding us of its presence.
Thankfully everything seems fine, and Tokyo rang 2012 in its usual lively fashion. Although I was craving a low-key New Years' Eve celebration with a secret plan involving a bottle of quality bubbly and the coziness of my house and selfish self, many visiting friends and fellow Tokyo-ites convinced me that a fun night out would be a much better idea.
And it was. We all gathered in Shibuya and went to see a performance by British DJ Gold Panda and Japanese act De De Mouse, for a night of dancing and actually attending a proper concert, one of my favourite activities. It was the perfect way to end a fantastic 2011 and to welcome an exciting new year, surrounded with friends who have managed to make Japan feel like home.
Interesting Japanese fact: on New Years Eve, the traditional food to be eaten is soba noodles: toshikoshi soba. The concert venue/nightclub even served bowls of soba, which we devoured before midnight. Only in Japan.
|Gold Panda at work|
|Fun fact: Gold Panda used to teach English in Japan.|
In true Japan style, the night ended with a steaming bowl of ramen, a 7:00 am train ride on the Yamanote line amongst sleepy souls, and a gorgeous sunrise.
|Ramen in Shibuya, mmm|
|The Yamanote line, my favourite.|
Note: I highly recommend having a listen to the album Companion by Gold Panda (2011), and here are some tracks.