Happy New Year, everyone! あけましておめでとうございます！I’ll be posting my annual “Year in Photos” later this week, but I wanted to write a short note before December ends. I have a guest from Japan who is visiting Chicago, and it’s been great to see my hometown through the eyes of someone who has never been to a major American city. Below is a picture of Chicago’s old Water Tower, which was built between 1867 and 1869 and is one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Chicago was brutally cold today, but I couldn’t help but admire how the city looks under shimmering winter lights. More to come soon as I reflect on 2013 and look forward to 2014. I wish you all health, happiness and good fortune in the New Year.