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Nagoya’s German Market

November 21, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

With its strawberries on cakes, love hotels and KFC, Japan gives Christmas a good try, but it doesn’t quite come out right. What we need at this time of year is some real, good old fashioned tradition, and nothing quite screams ‘IIIIIIIIIT’S CHRRIIIIIIIISTMAAAAAAAAAAAAS‘ like handmade wooden toys, excited children and the scent of hot, mulled Glühwein. […]

Holiday Illumination in Tokyo

November 11, 2017 by Ray Proper

Christmas Day in Japan is just another working day for the most part.  The most interesting facet of the Christmas and holiday season in Japan is that all traces of it will be gone by morning on December 26th.  Without fail, every bell, light, and garlands; every decoration will come down and the music stops. […]

Buying Holiday Decorations, Wrapping Paper, and Lights in Nagoya

November 9, 2016 by Ray Proper

Holidays in Japan are bright and colorful affairs, and Nagoya is no exception to this rule. If you are looking for decorations, lights, or other holiday materials there are a few good sources you should know about. Costco (Wholesale Warehouse) If you have a lot of gifts to wrap you are going to need a lot […]

Buying Holiday Decorations, Wrapping Paper, and Lights in Tokyo

November 9, 2016 by Ray Proper

The holidays in Tokyo are a bright and colourful affair! If you are looking for decorations, lights, or other holiday materials there are a few good sources you should know about. Costco (Wholesale Warehouse) If you have a lot of gifts to wrap you are going to need a lot of paper, and the best place […]

Mailing Christmas Gifts Home from Japan

October 20, 2016 by Jason Gatewood

The first of November in Japan is usually marked by a noticeable drop in temperature along with the sudden switch of all decorations and music in public spaces to Christmas themes. In our home countries, this would probably annoy us a little bit; it’s just under 2 months until the big day, foregoing most thoughts […]

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