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Our Tokyo Christmas This Year

Tokyo Christmas is far different from the Christmas we know in Germany and Philippines. Amidst the glittering illuminations and tall Christmas tree, the yuletide feel is a bit lacking. But this should not be a reason to frown or be lonely during the holidays.

I am always excited to hear Christmas songs being played at the stores or mall. It’s a thrill when our house is filled with the smell of freshly-baked cakes. And the wonderful feeling while decorating our house with Christmas ornaments.

This Year’s Advent Candles with Dried Eggplant Tomatoes



Found these Goodies Inside my Boots on St. Nikolaus’ Day (December 6)


Tokyo Christmas
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Tokyo Christmas Illuminations


Every year, my husband and I would go to different places to see the illuminations. Just recently, we went to Shiodome to see the Caretta Illumination. On our way, we briefly saw a classical performance at Oazo in Marunouchi.

Christmas Concert at Oazo Marunouchi near Tokyo Station


Christmas Illumination at Shiodome

We also saw the illuminated old train in front of Shimbashi.

Christmas Illumination in Front of Shimbashi Station



Christmas Lesson with Japanese Children


December is Christmas lesson month for me and my Japanese students. Contrary to what Japanese understand about Christmas, I make it sure that I share my idea of the occasion to my students.

At the beginning or early week of the month, we write our Christmas wishes on a paper stocking. It is amazing to see how the students try their best to write their wishes in English.

One of My Thursday Students Decorating Her Christmas Stocking


Christmas Wishes of Japanese Kids


For my Monday class, we also made some  handprint Christmas trees to decorate our room.

Making Our Own Christmas Decors


And for our last lesson of the year, we have our Christmas lesson/party. We play games, sing carols, and read stories. I also guide them as they make their own Christmas cards for their parents.

Enjoying the Christmas Board Game


Placing Olaf’s Nose Blindfolded


Making Her Christmas Card Extra Special

It might still be a long way for them to really understand the meaning of Christmas. For now, I am happy that they know that Christmas doesn’t only mean having KFC friend chicken for dinner.

2 thoughts on “Our Tokyo Christmas This Year

    1. Quite a good show. Except for the Canyon de Azur, there’s not much Christmas things in the area. But maybe this week until yearend they would have some bazaars and displays like previous years.

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