Monday, December 19, 2011

Virtual Advent Tour: Christmas in Japan (Photo Edition)

Virtual Advent Tour 2011
It's hard to believe that this is our last Christmas in Japan. I've taken part in the Virtual Advent Tour for the last couple of years so even though we're in the midst of sorting, packing, throwing out, and all the other craziness that comes with moving in just over two weeks (two weeks!) I couldn't let the year pass without joining in again. So, to keep it simple, here is a taste of what Christmas looks like in Tokyo this year.

Christmas in Tokyo is...

Christmas trees. Sometimes even interactive, musical ones.

Shinjuku Southern Terrace Christmas 2011

Sparkly lights on trees...

Shinjuku Southern Terrace Christmas 2011

Penguins. Why not?
(They're the Japan Railways mascot.)

Shinjuku Southern Terrace Christmas 2011

More sparkly lights...

Shinjuku Terrace City Christmas 2011

Colonel Sanders dressed up as Santa. But of course!

KFC Santa Sanders

Christmas cake.
This is the cake we've ordered this year. For more Christmas cakes, click on the photo or the shop link below. Which one would you choose?

As usual, we'll also be having our annual Christmas sushi on Christmas Day.

And it wouldn't quite be Christmas without a festive outfit for your pet. Don't tell me you don't have shops that only sell doggy clothes where you live? ;)

Doggy style Christmas

If you'd like more details on what Christmas in Japan really means, please visit my posts from Christmases past.
A Japanese-style Christmas (2010)
Christmas in Japan (2009)
Christmas 2007

I do have to say that there are less decorations and lights around this year. Tokyo is still in a power shortage due to the earthquake in March, which critically damaged the Fukushima nuclear plant. So while there are displays of sparkly lights (mostly LED lights which consume less power) here and there, they seem more subdued than usual. Plus the general mood of the country as the year draws to a close, is one of sadness at all the destruction and lives lost this year in Japan. There was a story on the news recently how even for the annual exchanging of New Years cards, people are choosing ones that are less cheerful. We can only hope that 2012 will be a better year for Japan and that all the people and areas affected by the terrible tsunami will begin the long road to recovery.

Thanks to Marg of The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader, and Kelly of The Written World for organising another fun Virtual Advent Tour this year.

I wish you all a happy holiday season, and all the very best in the New Year!

P.S. I don't expect to have much time for blogging over the next little while until we have successfully arrived in California. However, in the meantime, please feel free to follow me on Twitter (@inspringthedawn) or to "Like" the In Spring it is the Dawn Facebook page for updates on the move, reading or the lack thereof, and life on the other side (of the ocean that is!). See you next year!

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  1. Looking wonderful & yet tacky at the same time, love your Xmas images from Japan, hope all goes well with the move & best wishes for the season.

  2. So pretty! Maybe I should go out into the city center myself one of these days to make pictures. :)

  3. Thanks for joining in, Nat! I am glad you decided to share. :) Happy Holidays to you in case I don't get another chance to talk to you in the meantime!

  4. I can understand doing things up less elaborately after such a tragedy, but, conversely, it always seems like you need the festive a little more when life is sad. (Or maybe that's just me...)

    Good luck with your move!

  5. Merry Christmas, Nat :) Thank-you for these colorful photos and a taste of japan at Christmas.

  6. What gorgeous photos. Coloured lights are my favourite part of the holidays, so I'm sure I'd love Toko at Christmas, even with things scaled back due to the recent tragedies.

    Best of luck with your move! I can't believe you're only two weeks away from it.

  7. Thanks for sharing the pics! The Christmas cake looks yummy as always. :D

  8. Great pictures, thanks! Good luck with the move and 'see' you when you've arrived and settled in in the US.

  9. Christmas in Japan sounds interesting. I shall read previous posts to see what has been said in other years. Good luck with your move & happy Christmas!

  10. Thanks for participating in the tour again this year! I have really enjoyed hearing about Christmas in Japan, but I can't wait to hear about a comparison to your next Christmas.

    I hope your move goes as smoothly as possible and I look forward to hearing you from the other side of the world!

  11. Obviously, I came to visit you a bit too early in the year. LOL Great post! Christmas cake! Yum!

    I can't believe you've only got 2 weeks left.

  12. Beautiful pictures - thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year full of blessings to Japan.

  13. I'd pick the same cake as you did! Although those small coloured ring thingies look cute too (kawaii!).

    Did you buy the kittehs a X-Mas outfit??? Probably not ;)

  14. Love love the photos! It's always so interesting to have a look at Christmas decorations here and there all over the world!
    I would like to wish you happy holidays in Japan for the last time and good last preps for the big move... wish you all the best!

  15. Wow, love those pictures (especially KFC and the penguins). ALl the best with your move and merry Christmas :)

  16. I really like the interactive musical Christmas tree!

  17. Here to wish you the best of wishes for the coming year.

  18. I'm finally getting through back posts in my Google Reader and so I'm here to say Happy New Year and good luck with the move! I hope it's a wonderful year of new experiences and plenty of beach photos. :)


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