We went to the top of Take-no-Tsuji, the highest point on Iki (they call it a mountain) to play taiko–traditional Japanese drumming–to wake up the sun on the first day of the New Year. It was magical in a strange, cold way. As I played, I honestly imagined that if I played hard enough, I would be able to see the first ray break the horizon.
Alas, the cloudy day made it not so. The sun finally peeked above the clouds a full thirty minutes after the official sunrise.