After reading Thomas’ post about finding Christmas Trees in Japan on NihonHacks.com, I decided to get one for myself. Unlike Thomas, who treated himself to a real “Golden Crest” tree from a home center, I wanted a fake Christmas tree that I could use every year.
Get your Christmas tree now for half-price!
Christmas in Japan is a funny affair. It usually ends on Christmas Eve to give the shops time to decorate for New Year. Likewise, Christmas trees and decorations in the home also come down much earlier than in the West. This means that if someone’s going to buy a Christmas tree, they would have already done it by now.
Despite there being over a week left before Christmas, I found fake trees at a home center for 30% off and at Jusco in the AEON Kakamigahara shopping center for 50% off! All the lights and decorations too, were on sale at half-price. Don’t forget this is on December 16th! Needless to say, I snapped up the one you can see in the photo. The tree, plus lights and a few simple decorations, came to less than 9,000 yen, which I think is pretty good for a reusable tree!
Rikuto’s first Christmas tree
This will be Rikuto’s first Christmas. We moved into our house on December 22nd last year and we were so busy getting things sorted out, we pretty much forgot Christmas was even happening! This year, however, we can relax and enjoy the light show from our new tree. Take a look at the video below (or here on YouTube) to see what I’m talking about.