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Japanese Christmas Eve

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The illuminations at Tokyo Kokusai Forum were very pretty and had a warm feeling about them.

In Japan, Christmas Eve is the main event for many Japanese. You see many workers hurrying out their office buildings to quickly meet up with others and there are many couples out on the street heading for dinner. It is also a time for eating chicken and having Christmas cake.

Christmas Day itself is not so special and if its a week day then most people will be heading for work as normal. I can’t remember ever having someone say to me “Merry Christmas” on Christmas Day although I have been wished it on Christmas Eve many times. Is it quite different in your part of the world?

I went out tonight to do some late Christmas shopping. You can guess where from the photos ^^. I quickly snapped a few shots of Tokyo Kokusai Forum’s illuminations which were looking rather warm and inviting.

Bit of an international flavor for the Tokyo Kokusai Forum at Christmas.
Bit of an international flavor for the Tokyo Kokusai Forum at Christmas.
I liked the reflection of the lights in the glass here.
I liked the reflection of the lights in the glass here.
So many people walking under the illumination stars.
So many people walking under the illumination stars.
Interesting part of the scenery at Kokusai Forum is this illuminated pathway.
Interesting part of the scenery at Kokusai Forum is this illuminated pathway.
Yurakucho Station with people bustling about on Xmas Eve.
Yurakucho Station with people bustling about on Xmas Eve.
BIC Camera in front of Yurakucho Station
BIC Camera in front of Yurakucho Station

What are you doing this Christmas Eve?

  1. lithiumangel says

    Ah , Tokyo looking as lovely as ever with some great illumination going on.
    This Christmas eve i’m just going to be watching movies with some friends all night.
    In Holland; you get the first and 2nd Xmas day off, and on Xmas eve you may leave early (left the office round 3 instead of 5)
    We have a habit of saying “Fijne dagen ” Which sort of means ” Happy holidays” and when you know your not going to see that person untill 2010 cause he or she is off from work till 2010 .. you say “Fijne dagen en een gelukkig nieuwjaar” (i.e Happy holidays and a happy new year) Ever since i got back from my recent outing to Tokyo a few weeks ago I’ve been cought up in more work,work,work than i could’ve imagined. So I’ll just be using the coming long weekend off from work due to x-mas falling on a Friday as an excuse to get some things done for myself and catch up on sleep !

    It’s just too bad that in Amsterdam here, also being a renowned city off the world we have such crappy, tasteless illumination.
    I mean look at this.(points to picture) This is IT. These things are found across the shopping streets; and that’s all there is really.
    I feel sad for tourists that come here just for X-mas as it isn’t that merry; our German neigihbours however; oh boy.
    Those guys go crazy with the whole festivity. It’s also a reason why most Dutch people go across the border to do X-mas shopping and dinner over there.

    1. whipcracker says

      A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you in Amersterdam. πŸ™‚ My ethnic origin is Dutch and Belgian. with my last name being Nooyen. If I ever get out of my financial situation I would like to meet up w/you and Shibuya, and go on a photo shoot. And that way I’d have a couple of great teachers to properly take pics πŸ™‚ And it’s great to have you as a part of this family here. πŸ™‚ this is one of the best sites I have ever had the privilage to be a part of and am very glad to see it growing. Lets keep in touch, my e-mail address is leonooyen@gmail.com

      1. lithiumangel says

        Interesting πŸ™‚
        If you ever need to have a pic of anything in particular from Amsterdam in the meantime; let me know and I`ll see what i can do :]

  2. lithiumangel says

    uh. Weird it didnt attach the pic initially.

    [img]http://shibuya246.com/wp-content/upload/adam illumination-1.jpg[/img]
    Typical Amsterdam X-mas illumination.

    1. shibuya246 says

      I can see why you like looking at the Tokyo Illumination pixs. The Amsterdam one you are showing doesn’t really make a good tourist advert does it? Thanks for sharing.

  3. Donia says

    I’m working at my job tonight. :/

    All of that looks so pretty! There aren’t any light displays like that here. Hope you have a nice Christmas!

    1. shibuya246 says

      Thanks for joining the shibuya246 community. Good luck with your job and Merry Christmas.

  4. Neksus says

    Another batch of night pics πŸ™‚
    Great catch on the mirror windows (or what you call them).

  5. whipcracker says

    RT @tweetmeme Japanese Christmas Eve, Japan Living | Shibuya246 http://bit.ly/7hgF9m I want to wish you a most Merry Christmas
    and a Happy New Year πŸ™‚ That’s what I say over here. As I type this response I look out the window the temp is 30 degrees F wind blowing out of the northwest and light snow is falling. Brrrrr…. Wish my digital camera wasn’t on the fritz, won’t take pictures, don’t know why. I would love to post some pics from my side of the world in North Texas, but alas not today πŸ™
    It’ll just be me and the wife and the dogs Lucy and Molly
    Everything is just so bright and alive in your photos A True Japan Wonderland! πŸ™‚

    1. shibuya246 says

      Merry Christmas. Hope you have a safe and festive time with your wife and dogs, and that next year brings you better fortune. Try to keep warm πŸ™‚

  6. lithiumangel says

    Merry Christmas everybody =) !

  7. Kapoue says

    The little wood house are from a region of France call “Alsace” every year there is a bis christmas market were you can discover all kind of sort of typical food and sweet thing of the region.
    I take some picture of the yurakucho market last week also, there are on my blog.

    merry X mas.

    1. shibuya246 says

      Fantastic. Thanks for the info. You can leave a link to your blog post if you want and we will take a look.

      1. Kapoue says

        That the post (in french by there more photos than texte) http://vincentfollezou.com/wordpress/2009/12/21/le-marche-de-noel-de-strasbourg-a-tokyo/

        Next year there will be more little wood house, like alway in japan, Japanese prefer test something to know if it work before doing something bigger.
        welcome in the D700 club πŸ˜‰

        1. shibuya246 says

          very nice set of pixs. thanks.


    Wow! My Christmas Eve is waiting for Christmas Day! πŸ™‚

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