I just had to share this one:
We went out to a shrine we have never been to before. Seems like everyone was watching the NHK new years program and then went out. The line was long and we waited for about an hour.
Gladly they served hot rice wine for people lining up. I had that before, but this one really tasted funny. They also had some theater show and fires, so we could stay warm.
Amazingly, on our way back, at around 2 AM, we found that the Seiyo supermarket was still open.