Shiwasu, the twelfth month under the old Japanese lunar calendar

(Posted on December 14, 2022.)

Shiwasu literally means something like “a teacher runs”. The last month is busy not only for teachers but also for almost everybody else. The yearend day especially used to be the time to clean one’s home thoroughly, prepare the season’s special foods, get women’s hair done, watch song contests on TV and so on. Things have changed a lot these days: many supermarkets and almost all convenience stores are open even on New Year’s Day, this all means that there is no need to rush.


Here are some photos for December from my album.


The Minato Mirai area, Yokohama, on December 12, 2019


The Minato Mirai district, Yokohama  on December 3, 2017


German Christmas market on December 18, 2014, in Center Kita (north), northern Yokohama.












                                                                           Center Minami (south), northern Yokohama, on December 17, 2014                   









Yokohama’s China Town, which happens to be the largest in East Asia, on December 24, 2013.




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