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I wish you a noble chic Christmas

Why wish you a Merry Christmas when it’s more sophisticated to hope you have a Nobel Chic Christmas instead.  Christmas in Japan is full of winter wonder, hearts, dreams and … white angels.  Tokyo certainly still knows how to eclipse the Christmas decorations and style of other cities and puts on a commercial extravaganza.  Shopping malls and department stores brand their Christmas campaigns (after all, that’s what Christmas is all about), and there seems to be a race to see who can use the most evocative English adjectives.   (more…)

Quick melt

Daylight, and all the snow is gone.  As I predicted, it didn’t last very long.  It would have been nice to experience going to work in the snow.   (more…)

Shibuya in the snow

Shibuya (and no doubt the rest of Tokyo) has been covered with a layer of snow tonight.  As I was writing my previous post, it was really bucketing down outside and coating everything with a layer of white.  In as little as 20 minutes, the road outside was covered with an untouched, even white surface – apart from the wheel marks of the first car to drive through the middle of it. (more…)

Snowing in Tokyo

It’s snowing in Tokyo!!  Tonight, about 3cm (so far, at 11:30pm) has fallen, and things have turned white.  I took some photos on my way home from my language class (around 10pm), but it’s become a lot more white since then.  (more…)

Renewable energy streetlights

I found these solar and wind powered street lights around Kagurazaka district of Tokyo yesterday. They look pretty clever. (more…)

Boating on the moat

I’m having am enjoyable afternoon boating on the outer moat near Kagurazaka in the winter sunshine.

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Have an adjectival Christmas

Christmas in Japan brings elaborate and beautiful decorations and displays, perhaps even of a higher quality than other countries that traditionally celebrate Christmas.  Many shops are decorated; it’s largely a commercial event.  After all, Christmas seems to be largely about giving a present to your kids, or taking your girlfriend out for a date (and giving her a present!) on Christmas Eve under the romantic Christmas lights.   (more…)

Unagi restaurant

A week or so ago, I went with friends to a old Edo era restaurant, in a kura style building. (more…)

Rainbow Bridge to Odaiba

I found out recently that it’s possible to walk across the Rainbow Bridge.  On a nice sunny afternoon, what better way to explore Tokyo than walk across the bridge to Odaiba?  On reaching Odaiba, I found old Edo-period fortifications, a beach, and a Statue of Liberty scene that didn’t quite resemble New York… (more…)

Looking down on Tokyo

Looking down on Tokyo?  Only from the Sky Deck of the Mori Tower at Roppongi Hills, which at 270 metres above sea level, offers some better than ordinary vistas of the megatropolis skyline.  I had some complimentary tickets to the observation deck (thanks Masakatsu!) that were due to expire the next day, so whatever the weather, I was going to be up that observation deck to admire Tokyo from above. (more…)