We would like to wish all readers, friends, contributors and customers a happy year end season. Christmas is virtually over in Japan with decorations being removed from today preparing for the real holiday which is Japanese New Year. Like Christmas in the West, the country will come to a stand-still next week while we join with our families for some quiet and festive time together. If you place an order during this holiday period, please note that processing might be slightly slower than normal. The JE team wishes everyone happy holidays and all the best for 2009, photographic and otherwise.