Friday, December 23, 2005

Christmas Cheer....beer and babes!

Its the holiday weekend! Today was the emperor's birthday, a national holiday here in Japan lots of people out and about. Known as Tenno no tanjobi (天皇誕生日 ) it is one of 2 times in the year that folks can get into the imperial grounds. Yesterday was freezing but folks still came out..

Even Santa came to pay his respects:





Of course it was freezing out side so after the emperor made his brief 3 minute appearance there was a need for these:




And perhaps later on that evening, a chance to retire and open "presents":


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