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.”

お正月3ケ日

授業員を休ますために様々な店は来年から元日~3日までお正月休みを決めている。

月曜日にガソリンを入れた時、スタンドの張り紙に1日~3日のお休みに気付いた。

若者にとってはこれが革新的と思われるかも知らないが、昭和を生きて来た人たちには珍しくも何もないだ。昭和時代の大半には神社やお寺以外の殆どの店がその三日間休みだった。残念な面は営業していた店は『お正月料金』を貰っていた。

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English novels by Billy Hammond published by AELS

(AELS出版英語書籍リスト)

 

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

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