I went to Singapore for a couple of weeks in December and then Japan for the new year. At the end of January, I went to Bali (gotta use the jobless days effectively), right at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak. I also visited the Rain Room exhibition and explored the Jewish neighbourhood in Melbourne.
I am so grateful I get to ring the new year in Tokyo. As you may already guess from the many posts about it in the blog, I am in love with Japan. On new year day, we had delicious sake and sushi from Sushimaki at Tsukuji Market. Drinking sake in the new year is a well-ingrained Japanese tradition, and I felt lucky to experience it there.
Other cultural highlights include celebrating Chinese New Year and visiting the sacred Pura Tirta Empul in Bali.