The Last Sunset Before Christmas

Just wanted to share my picture from a hilltop of the setting sun on Christmas Eve here in Japan.  We went on vacation and went to Ise Shima.

Ever heard of it?

Recognize this picture?

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We were here.  Well, not in this picture, but the place where this picture was taken.  Our accommodations were in the vicinity to this.

There is a hilltop near this and we climbed up to it and snapped this photo taken on December 24th, 2016:

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Goodbye 2016!

Merry Christmas from Japan.

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Survival Guide For Tokyo Disneyland (Christmas)

The struggle of choices!  What to do when facing the difficult decisions?  What was the choice I faced?  Why, to go to Disney Sea or Disneyland?  It’s not fair!

After searching deep within myself for answer and seeking guidance from the ancient tomes (pamphlets), I came to the heart-wrenching decision of: Disneyland.

When you go classic, you never go back. ^^

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My 6 Favorite Christmas Traditions In Japan

I think Japan was like ‘Nice Holiday you have there, Europe. Think we’ll adopt our favorite parts and call them our own’.  Or that’s how I imagined it.

Here is my list of 8 things I enjoy about Christmas in Japan:

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1.)  Christmas Cake

When I first arrived, the Japanese asked about my family’s “Christmas Cake” and I stared at them blankly.  They insisted it was a Western Tradition. I begged to differ.

However, most are still very convinced people in the West eat Christmas Cake during Christmas.  I’m still waiting for egg nog to invade Japan.

I love any tradition that gives an excuse to buy cake.  After all, since I live in Japan I should blend with the natives, right?  Right!  Let’s buy some cake! Continue reading