Above: Yes, as it pertains to sake, I will adhere to my usual rule of not refusing an offer of something free. "Hey, foreign cameraman, how about some sake?" "Eh? Watashi? Okay desu," which loosely means, "Hell yes!"
Above right: The man offering looks as if he has had a few as well, and I am not going to insult him with a refusal. I quaff the refreshing drink, which is actually a bit stronger than normal, or perhaps it is just my cold stomach reacting well.
Right: Luckily for me, there are more than a couple of places serving it up, and they have no qualms about giving a free cup to the foreigner in their midst. Being a foreigner in Japan sometimes has its advantages, yes?
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A Japanese New Year
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