Christmas in Tokyo is...
Christmas trees. Sometimes even interactive, musical ones.
Sparkly lights on trees...
Penguins. Why not?
(They're the Japan Railways mascot.)
More sparkly lights...
Colonel Sanders dressed up as Santa. But of course!
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?
Image © ア・ラ・カンパーニュ / à la compagne
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? ;)
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)
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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