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Odaiba Xmas

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A giant Christmas tree shines in Odaiba with the Rainbow Bridge in the background.

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Wonderful night view early in the morning !

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lovely

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Oh my god is that boat on fire?

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"hail to the western holiday in this time of year"....

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asahi88 at 07:54 AM JST - 17th November - lovely

yes, it is the most wonderful time of the year.

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Sorry - that is not a Christmas tree. It is a mass of lights. The lack of tree and the pastel colours don't really do it.

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Oh my god is that boat on fire?

Hahahaha.

The "tree" looks tacky and silly. Why the Japanese even bother with Christmas is beyond me, since they "celebrate" a very empty Christmas in an even emptier way. KFC, Christmas Eve being more important, etc.

I think people in the UK and US should start "celebrating" Obon by eating Dorito's or something to get revenge ;)

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At least it's not ALL blue lighting !!!! Rainbow christmas tree & Rinbow Bridge - great match. Odaiba's XMAS tree is cool !!!!

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Great Pic!!

But is that a tree? Looks more like a lit up cone.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS from the Gay Pride tree.

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Pretty! I like it.

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MrDog has a point. Then again these people start to celebrate Halloween in early September... I have been here since 97 and Xmas has only intensified every year. Back home we get started on Dec 1st and its about cards, getting in touch, last minute Xmas shopping, food, snow, the Xmas movies, parties blah blah... but I must confess... it seems to be about money here and making things pretty or filling that emptiness. My best guess is it will get pulled into October in another 10 years

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Whiskeysour: haha indeed, my first thought aswell. Tokyo tower however is a different story :S

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@my2sense

Good point. It's not about the event itself, it seems to be about how much they can make off the event. Valentines/White Day for example.

Rather than Christmas being pulled into October within 10 years, I can imagine Easter starting to be "celebrated/milked" within that timeframe.

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Just looks like an upside-down magaphone with a star on top -- looks like it should be at an amusement park, which I guess Odaiba kinda is. The beauty of the picture is in the water and bridge/skyline.

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Good point. It's not about the event itself, it seems to be about how much they can make off the event. Valentines/White Day for example.

If "they" refers to retailers, I really don't see any difference between Japan and, say, the U.S. with regard to how holidays are exploited, and certainly the same arguments about how early to "start" the holiday are common elsewhere--and again, usually in reference to when retailers choose to start decorating, offering sales, etc. I was at a major chain supermarket in Hawaii in early September, and they'd already rolled out their aisle cap displays of bagged Halloween candy, pumpkins, and packaged costumes.

People seem to get upset mainly because the religious aspects of Christmas are more or less absent here, but what do they expect in a mostly non-Christian country? And really, how is buying a bucket of KFC chicken to share with friends and family so much different from sitting around the table to share a store-bought turkey?

That said, it sure is a big ol' gay Christmas "tree", isn't it.

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Was just in Tokyo and stopped by Omotesando Hills mall where they had a Swarovski crystal Xmas tree and choir music playing( mainly to pose for photos ). Yes, some of what has been said about western Christmas being devoid of meaning is true, but I still have to shake my head and smile when I come upon a "Japanese Christmas".

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And really, how is buying a bucket of KFC chicken to share with friends and family so much different from sitting around the table to share a store-bought turkey?

sk4ek -- simple and obvious answer. Turkey at least has historical and cultural significance in the U.S. so it has ties to Christmas. KFC is none of the above and is just another bastardizing of a western concept to make simple-minded J-folks happy.

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Beautiful!

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@sk4ek

If "they" refers to retailers, I really don't see any difference between Japan and, say, the U.S. with regard to how holidays are exploited, and certainly the same arguments about how early to "start" the holiday are common elsewhere--and again, usually in reference to when retailers choose to start decorating, offering sales, etc. I was at a major chain supermarket in Hawaii in early September, and they'd already rolled out their aisle cap displays of bagged Halloween candy, pumpkins, and packaged costumes.

I know that the US and UK etc milk these things too. But, at least they're Christian countries.

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MrDog - So "Christian countries" are given a free pass to bastardize Christmas? I had no idea! Then again, I didn't know the US and UK were considered "Christian countries" either. Better tell all those Muslims, Jews, Hindus, etc. to start packing, eh?

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Is it because so many Japanese people have never actually seen a real tree?

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Arguing back and forth about the meaning of Christmas in Japan is ridiculous, because ultimately it's only about increasing retail sales.

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The Apollo Space Capsule returns!

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At least the statue of liberty is no longer the ugliest thing on odaiba

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Funny, first thing I thought of was the special Tokyo Tower lighting and there it is in the background.

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Perhaps I have my time zone conversions confused. Is it already December in Japan?

Taka

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