The NY is staggered this year. Hiro returns to work today, many other people (who have companies with a little imagination) have today (Friday) off as well & will return over the weekend. The train on the way up and back were fully booked (people were standing on an all booked seats train). But it didn't feel crowded anywhere.
|Shenkansen on holiday timetables at Omiya station. The Tokyo bound trains are on the right, the north bound|
(Sendai, Morioka, Aomori, Nagano, Niigata) on the left.
|We had the good fortune of catching the Hayabusa|
|The Hanawa sen had beautiful scenery, as usual, though the condensation|
inside and the snow fall outside made it difficult to see it.
|The Hanawa sen at Kazuno on the way up.|