Christmas Eve, 2006

Ahhh, is it really Christmas Eve? I’ll tell you what, Christmas in Tokyo just isn’t the quite same as I remember it back in Wisconsin… the glass skyscrapers, endless stretches of twinkling concrete draped urban jungle… the amazing lack of any type of snow…

Then again, I could sit and drink in the beautiful purples of this sunset all night long. You don’t get them quite like that back in the cow pastures!

Christmas Eve in the city

Below you can see how I spent my less-than-exciting Christmas Eve – handwriting about two dozen 年賀状 (nengajyo) – traditional Japanese New Years greeting cards and about a dozen more Christmas cards. While the nengajyo still have a chance of arriving on time, I have since resigned myself to the fact that my Christmas cards will be very, very late. But hey, it’s the thought that counts, right?

nengajyo for 2007

Anyway, as determined by the popular vote in my last entry (and by “popular vote” I mean “three people” (^_^)v ) I did in fact end up dragging myself out of bed at an entirely unreasonable hour yesterday and shlepped out to the Imperial Palace to wish the Emperor a happy birthday. I’ll post the pictures of that in the next couple of days.

But for now, Merry Christmas to all! I hope you all scored some great loot!

Now listening to: Way Out West – Mindcircus

4 Reactions

  1. Veronica

    It’s not snowing here in New York. It just isn’t Christmas until it snows.
    Merry Merry Happy Happy my Panda Pal!

  2. Kitty

    I’m lazy and got my New Years cards printed. I still need your addy to send yours.

  3. Pia

    Oh, that first photo reminds me of my week in Kyoto last August. All that purple, against the city lights . . . I haven’t found an evening like that anywhere else.