This year started with snow in my area, northern Kyushu. The cold weather has continued recent days, although it had been relatively warm in winter a few years ago. (we call it "dan-tou"（暖冬）.)
I went to "Aeon, Wakamatsu-Futajima"（イオン若松二島店） on the day to buy several foods that I brought to my mother's house. It opened at 8:30 am. A lot of people were waiting in line for its open when I arrived there at 8:20 am.
Almost all stores were closed January 1 to 3 about 20 years ago. People's life style has changed. Now, people get easily things whenever they want. But, I don't know whether this is really good.