Here’s what I liked about January in Japan: illuminations. They’d open in November or December and continue through the New Year, often until mid- to late-January, when New Year celebrations conclude.
It’s been really cold. I finally figured out it’s ok to ignore people’s horror stories of sky-high winter heating bills. We have never had a winter power bill approach Houston summertime AC power bills, so gone are the days we spent shivering in our warmest coats indoors, squabbling over the thermostat. Our house is warm. Feel free to come enjoy our high, balmy temperatures and afternoon tea. The switch to January tea accessories was a success, and we’ve celebrated tea time with predictable regularity for over a month now—don’t they say it takes 27 days for something to become habit? Well, Miss ELOISE can’t figure out her schedule, but afternoon tea is in the books.