|My Christmas tree|
Well, Christmas is over here in Japan. I think back when I was younger and heard that Santa was traveling around the world on Christmas eve to deliver presents, knowing what I know now, Santa could have skipped most of Japan and not be noticed by the population. Christmas day in Japan is pretty much like any other working day. The students go to school, the stores open on time and stay open until the regular closing time, the buses and the trains run on normal time, and doctor and dentists offices are open, everything runs like a regular normal day. The stores do promote the idea of the Christmas season and there are Christmas carols playing in the stores and some restaurants. It is weird to be walking through a hardware store in Japan and hear the Hallelujah Chorus in English.
Boxing Day gave me the opportunity to go with Bette, Emily and Brandon on a Garden and Tea Ceremony tour in Tokyo. We met at the Tokyo Government buildings and walked to Shinjuku Gyoen National Park. We walked through the park looking at the different types of gardens, Japanese, English, and French as well as the greenhouse.
|This building looks like the Empire State Building in contrast to the Japanese garden in the foreground.|
|You can tell the fish are fed by people, as soon as we stood by the pond, the fish all came swimming!|
|More of the Japanese garden|
|A Tiawanese building made with materials from Tiawan|
|English garden. They tend to focus on lawns. :)|
|Another part of the French Garden|
|Very young bananas!|
|Temple where we stopped before going to the tea room.|
|Emily and Brandon sitting in the tea room.|
|The 4.5 tatami tea room.|