when and where to see fall foliage (Japanese version only):

Saturday, December 25, 2010


December 23th was the Emperor's 77th birthday. The Emperor's Birthday(天皇誕生日, Tenno tanjobi) has been a national holiday since 1989. People are allowed to enter the Imperial Palace to offer their congratulations to the Emperor on this day. The Imperial family is facing many worries.

Many people engage in festive activities on Christmas Eve, but many middle-aged and older people sit about on the day. 
At this time every year, The Christmas lights are beautiful. Even in my town, I saw more illuminated houses. I used to enjoy these illuminations while dog-walking. I often saw some women with their dogs around 11 o'clock at night in my town.

The illuminations were reduced around 10 o'clock at night and after Christmas Day in my town. I always went for a night or midnight walk with my dog on weekdays, so I was disappointed at darkened houses. I got excited when I saw flickers of light on a small Christmas tree by the window at midnight.
The tree in a garden was illuminated with lights from the end of December to February. It was a comfort to watch these lights at the coldest time of the year.

Many Japanese-style confection stores sell confections for Christmas.

Christmas tree

It will be a snowy Christmas in many areas.


  1. Dear ichinen,
    Merry Christmas!!! Keep blogging, you are full of interesting ideas, and have made such a beautiful blog. Arigato!! x

  2. Merry Christmas, Shaista. I have managed to continue this blog. Your cheers gave me power. Thank you!