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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…)

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…)