Just like in the States, the holiday season is the most cheerful - and busiest - in Japan. With endless bonenkai celebrations heralding the season in the beginning of December, the party doesn’t end until early the following year.
In this first episode of Chronicles of Sasebo we explore Yukiko Yamamoto's top shop. A local staple which has been around for over 110 years, Ms. Yamamoto's family has maintained the store for over four generations and hopes to continue onward.
Visitors and residents of Okinawa gathered excitedly along the sides of Naha’s bustling main street as the sounds of a shamisen, a traditional Japanese three-string guitar, began to play in the distance.