To celebrate a new year, Japanese people gather to gaze at Hatsuhinode (初日の出), the first sunrise.

They fill observatories of Tokyo’s skyscrapers to catch a glimpse (and take pictures) of the first morning after new years eve. Such observatories offer memorable views of Tokyo and its landmarks, on a clear day even of Mt. Fuji. Can you spot Sky Tree, Tokyo’s highest tower?

Already before the sun rises, people crowd at windows to watch the colorful sky in the morning. Excitement knows no bounds when the first sunrays reach the cheering spectators. Listen to 15 minutes somewhere in Tokyo right before seven o’clock in the morning on January, 1st: hatsuhinode.mp3

After the sun has risen people leave to have breakfast or may go and visit their first shrine or temple of the year.