Travelling through a well to another world

There are journeys that take place only when we can no longer live as we used to

For New Year decorations, mochi is wrapped around branches to evoke flowers at Omuraya, a Kyoto restaurant specialising in the traditional home cooking of the old Japanese capital. PHOTO: JANICE TAY
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New year, new phase. On Jan 4, as people in Japan went back to work after the holidays, more than 1,000 Covid-19 infections were reported in the country, making it the first time in three months that the national tally had crossed that threshold.

Just two weeks later, the daily total hit a new record of 32,197 cases, exceeding the peak of the previous wave last August. More than half of Japan's 47 prefectures have come under or are moving towards a quasi-state of emergency, with Kyoto also set to return to social and dining restrictions this week.

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