Dec 31, 2018,17:44 PM

The alarm sounded quite early this morning as I wanted to arrive at Meiji Shrine before sunrise...  My mini-tradition to visit the shrine, return my arrow from the previous year, take a few photos, and pick up a new arrow...

Then a short walk to Shibuya where the city was slowly waking up...  Here are a few photos from the first day of "The Year of the 猪 (Wild Boar)"... Tokyo 2019

Thanks for looking,

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Thanks Nico...

 By: cshimokita : December 31st, 2018-19:27
Now I have to finalize the back-ups for 2018 and then I am ready for the next photo shoot ; ) Casey

Nice first day of 2019 series

 By: Quan : December 31st, 2018-18:27
I have been shooting the last couple days before 2018 end, but today raining and make me lazy to go out Cheers ansd looking forward to wonderful 2019

I always enjoy 1-Jan at Meiji Shrine...

 By: cshimokita : December 31st, 2018-19:58
and early morning it's not over crowded, but there are a few sleeping bodies on the trains ; ) The New Year period is very quiet in Tokyo and the air is incredibly clean... and very cold these last few days. Have a great start to 2019... Casey

Number seven....

 By: Adamska : December 31st, 2018-19:19
is my favorite for obvious reasons . All of the detail shots, including various people are intimately observant. I also very much love the orange hue lantern in your first image! Thank you, this was the New Year's post I was waiting for. Cheers, Filip

You'll see the same photos next year as well ; )

 By: cshimokita : December 31st, 2018-20:11
I was looking for a coffee but alas it was too early for anything to be open and I wasn't interested in a 24 hour convenience store. Here is my 'normal street shot' from 1-Jan... it's always the same location with "Tower Records" on the left. Number 07 wa...  

That makes sense....

 By: Adamska : December 31st, 2018-21:10
I am now more geographically aware of the location . The irony doesn't escape me that I happen to be sitting in a Japanese sushi bar on my dinner break right now, as I'm typing this! It's located on Ocean Park Ave in Santa Monica . I hope to be able to co... 

Or this

 By: Ivan5 : January 1st, 2019-18:58

The early bird catches the worm!

 By: fernando : December 31st, 2018-20:22
A nice set from the first day of 2019. Great to see all the activity at the shrine. Have a happy and healthy New Year! Best fernando

fernando: It seems like more younger people at the shrine than in recent years...

 By: cshimokita : December 31st, 2018-21:19
and way less foreigners, maybe they're all skiing ; ). I have to get busy, as I only have one week before heading north and as always a ton of things to do... Casey

Great to see such nice pics of Tokyo again

 By: Geo : January 5th, 2019-23:55
I am not very much into people photography, but I do like what you took. GEO

I like the expressiong of the "grandmother" in the third photo...

 By: cshimokita : January 6th, 2019-00:38
I wish I could have gotten a single portrait of her. And the gentleman chimping & smiling with his Canon 5D (series?) + zoom lens... Early morning at the shrine... everyone was in a good mood ; ). On average I am more landscape than portraits... Thanks fo...