師走ほど忙しい月はない


12月は誰もが忙しい。学生から社会人まで、そりゃもうスケジュールはギッシリです。なんてったってこの忘年会の量はすさまじいものがあります。筆者はそれほどではないとはいえ、毎日忘年会をやってる人を見てしまうと、時間がなくて大変だなと思ってしまいます。もちろん大事なイベントではありますが。

さて、そんな12月ですが、今回のフォトギャラリーは3本立。先週は取り上げることができなかったので頑張ってみました。

上から順に説明をしますと、まず最初はニューヨークのサンクスギビングのパレード。アメリカに関心がある方はもう定番のイ ベントでしょう! 大きなバルーンが行進していくのは圧巻でしょうね。普段はテレビや映画館でみるキャラクターのスパイダーマンやピカチュウもこうして大きいバルーンとなって登場するのはまた印象が違うのではないか、などと思ってしまします。是非ナマでみてみたいものですね。

それから、2つ目はハロッズのクリスマスパレード。これはロンドンで行われました。こちらも一気に海をこえて観にいってしまいたいもの。みんな幸せそうにしているのが嬉しいです。前回AOLで作ったイギリスのフォトギャラリーは暴動だったので、明るい写真をお届けできるのは嬉しいですね。

そして最後は、京都の舞妓さんによる「事始め」。恥ずかしながら京都の文化をあまり詳しく知らないのですが...。とはいえ、このニュースをみて大掃除しなきゃなぁ。なんて思いました。お正月をスッキリした気持ちで迎えられるように、今年は頑張ってみようかな、なんて思っております。

皆様もクリスマス、大みそか、お正月と、イベントに興味ある人もない人も、なんだかんだで駆け抜ける時期だとは思いますが、健康には気をつけてお過ごしくださいね。

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 24:  The balloon of Diary of a Wimpy Kid floats in Macy's Legendary Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, 2011 in New York City.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 24:  The Hello Kitty balloon floats in Macy's Legendary Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, 2011 in New York City.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 24:  The Ronald McDonald balloon floats in Macy's Legendary Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, 2011 in New York City.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 24:  The Buzz Lightyear balloon floats in Macy's Legendary Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, 2011 in New York City.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 24:  The Snoopi balloon floats in Macy's Legendary Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, 2011 in New York City.

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24:  Spectators line 7th Avenue for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on November 24, 2011 in New York City.  The 85th annual event is the second oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the U.S.

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24:  Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade participants march through Times Square on November 24, 2011 in New York City.  The 85th annual event is the second oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the U.S.

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24:  Spectators watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade from the Barclays Capital building on November 24, 2011 in New York City.  The 85th annual event is the second oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the U.S.

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24:  The Uncle Sam balloon makes its way through Times Square in Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on November 24, 2011 in New York City.  The 85th annual event is the second oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the U.S.

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24:  Members of the N.Y.P.D. march through Times Square in Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on November 24, 2011 in New York City.  The 85th annual event is the second oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the U.S.

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24:  Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade participants march through Times Square on November 24, 2011 in New York City.  The 85th annual event is the second oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the U.S.

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24:  The Pikachu balloon makes its way through Times Square in Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on November 24, 2011 in New York City.  The 85th annual event is the second oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the U.S.

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24:  The Smurf balloon makes its way through Times Square in Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on November 24, 2011 in New York City.  The 85th annual event is the second oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the U.S.

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24:  The Spiderman balloon makes its way through Times Square in Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on November 24, 2011 in New York City.  The 85th annual event is the second oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the U.S.

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24: B., a new balloon designed by filmmaker Tim Burton, makes its way through Times Square in Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on November 24, 2011 in New York City.  The 85th annual event is the second oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the U.S.

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 05:  Father Christmas waves to the crowds during Harrods 26th Annual Christmas Parade on November 5, in London England.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 05:  Father Christmas waves to the crowds during Harrods 26th Annual Christmas Parade on November 5, in London England.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 05:  Festive characters perform during Harrods 26th Annual Christmas Parade on November 5, in London England.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 05:  Festive characters perform during Harrods 26th Annual Christmas Parade on November 5, in London England.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 05:  A street entertainer performs during Harrods 26th Annual Christmas Parade on November 5, in London England.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 05:  Festive characters perform during Harrods 26th Annual Christmas Parade on November 5, in London England.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 05:  Festive characters perform during Harrods 26th Annual Christmas Parade on November 5, in London England.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 05:  Festive characters perform during Harrods 26th Annual Christmas Parade on November 5, in London England.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 05:  Festive characters perform during Harrods 26th Annual Christmas Parade on November 5, in London England.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 05:  Festive characters perform during Harrods 26th Annual Christmas Parade on November 5, in London England.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 05:  Festive characters perform during Harrods 26th Annual Christmas Parade on November 5, in London England.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 05:  Festive characters perform during Harrods 26th Annual Christmas Parade on November 5, in London England.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 05:  A marching band performs during Harrods 26th Annual Christmas Parade on November 5, in London England.

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KYOTO, JAPAN - DECEMBER 13:  Photographers take pictures of Maiko and geiko geisha girls as they walk outside the traditional art and tea house after showing their gratitude for the past year and best wishes for the new year on December 13, 2011 in Kyoto, Japan. The annual ritual is called 'Kotohajime', and is the start of preparation for the new year.

KYOTO, JAPAN - DECEMBER 13:  Maiko and geiko geisha girls  walk with their teacher as they attend an event to show their gratitude for the past year and best wishes for the new year on December 13, 2011 in Kyoto, Japan. The annual ritual is called 'Kotohajime', and is the start of preparation for the new year.

KYOTO, JAPAN - DECEMBER 13:  Maiko and geiko geisha girls line up to receive special fans from their traditional dance master as they show their gratitude for the past year and best wishes for the new year on December 13, 2011 in Kyoto, Japan. The annual ritual is called 'Kotohajime', and is the start of preparation for the new year.

KYOTO, JAPAN - DECEMBER 13:  Maiko and geiko geisha girls receive special fans from their traditional dance master Inoue Yachiyo (L) as they show their gratitude for the past year and best wishes for the new year on December 13, 2011 in Kyoto, Japan. The annual ritual is called 'Kotohajime', and is the start of preparation for the new year.

KYOTO, JAPAN - DECEMBER 13:  A geiko geisha girl walks after receiving special fan from her traditional dance master as they show their gratitude for the past year and best wishes for the new year on December 13, 2011 in Kyoto, Japan. The annual ritual is called 'Kotohajime', and is the start of preparation for the new year.

KYOTO, JAPAN - DECEMBER 13:  Maiko and geiko geisha girls pose after bowing to their teacher of traditional art and tea houses, to show their gratitude for the past year and best wishes for the new year on December 13, 2011 in Kyoto, Japan. The annual ritual is called 'Kotohajime', and is the start of preparation for the new year.

KYOTO, JAPAN - DECEMBER 13:  Maiko and geiko geisha girls bow after receiving special fan from their traditional dance master Inoue Yachiyo (L), as they show their gratitude for the past year and best wishes for the new year on December 13, 2011 in Kyoto, Japan. The annual ritual is called 'Kotohajime', and is the start of preparation for the new year.

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