Although Christmas isn’t an official holiday in Japan, (I still have to go to class, NO! ) the Japanese have really bought into the festivity and there are so many decorations and lights everywhere.
I’ve got some Christmas parties to go to in the next few weeks which I’m looking forward to. To get into the spirit of things, here are some snapshots of some of the decorations that I’ve seen recently.
There are some crazy lights just outside the Tearoom, near the station – I remember leaving work at around 5pm in the middle of November, and BAM! I was confronted by these lights. They definitely weren’t there when I went to work for 2pm, so the local community put them up pretty quickly! The main photo at the top is also from outside the tearoom.
I helped to put up the Christmas decorations at work the other week and here’s a photo of these cute lights that they have on.
Yesterday, I went to the post office to pick up a parcel that my parents had sent me. Inside was a Christmas card and the most amazing gift ever – a chocolate advent calender!! I’ll admit, I’m a bit sad that I’m not going to be spending Christmas with my family this year, so I’m so grateful that my parents sent me this so that I’m not left out. THANK YOU! I had 10 days worth of chocolates to catch up on, but given what happened recently on my birthday, I have limited myself to eating two a day rather than scoffing down all 10 at once!
As you may or may not remember, I’ve been growing my own vegetables since I arrived in Japan. Click here if you want to read about my earlier progress. Well it looks like it’s almost time to harvest some of my vegetables soon…
The spinach has done pretty well, a couple more weeks and I’ll be harvesting a few of the leaves soon! The beans aren’t quite there yet, but the plant is still growing tall! I’ve had a bit of problem with this one as I think there’s something wrong with the acidity of the soil? The base of the plant looks like it’s dying but it’s still growing strong… anyone know what I can do to solve this problem?
That’s it for now. Stay tuned for all the festivities that I’ll be posting in the next coming weeks!
Thanks for reading!!