January 1, 2013

The First Light

In Japan it's tradition to go out early on New Years Day
and to watch the first sunrise of the year.

We call it Hatsuhinode.
(pronounced "Hah-tsu-hee-no-deh")

Sunrise in Ehime was 7:14am.

It's always a pain waking up early on New Years Day
after being up so late the night before.

But last year for the first time
I woke up in time to see the sun rise.
And it felt great.

So I did it this year, too.

Basking in the rays of the first sunrise feels great.
And I am super energized for the new year!

I think this is going to be a tradition.


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