christmas illuminations

Miyazaki’s Winter Illuminations

At this time of year, the terrifyingly life-like fibreglass statues of Colonel Sanders that guard the entrance to every KFC in Japan are dressed up in red suits and Santa hats ready to greet the long line of customers waiting to pick up their Christmas dinner: roast chicken, champagne and strawberry shortcake. Born out of a Western visitor’s search for…

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Christmas Lights in Miyazaki

For a country that doesn’t really celebrate Christmas, Japan sure knows how to do Christmas lights. They are the romantic backdrop for Christmas Eve – a night celebrated like Valentines Day, where couples take strolls to see the lights and then enjoy dinner at a fancy restaurant. The lights are called ‘illuminations’ (イルミネーション) and go up in December. They stay put well into…

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