By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

December 19, 2019

Many 24-7 businesses such as convenience stores are planning to take January 1st off to give their employees a chance to enjoy New Year’s.

When I filled up with gas on Monday, I noticed a sign at the station announcing they’d be closed from the 1st to the 3rd.

While all of this may sound pretty revolutionary to younger people, for those who were in Japan during the first half of the Showa years, it’s nothing unusual. Back then, everything except the shrines and temples shut down. On the bad side, most of the few businesses that stayed open charged “New Year’s Prices.”






English novels by Billy Hammond published by AELS



I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers