Christmas

Editor - December 25, 2014

Jingle Bells in Japanese! (VIDEO)
People around the world, you may now begin the process of torturing your family with this song! Everybody together: "Hashire sori yo, kaze no you ni, yuki no naka wo, karuku hayaku, waraigoe wo, yuki ni makeba, akarui hikari no hana ni naru yo - Hey!!"

Editor - December 24, 2014

"Christmas in Japan," by Paul Anka (VIDEO)
Recorded by Paul Anka, released in the winter of 1958 following his first tour in Japan. Reportedly predates the American song "Christmas Everywhere."

Reno J. Tibke - December 22, 2014

Autonomous Christmas 2014
Featuring drones, rovers, quadrupeds, robot fish, and a few completely novel forms of mechanical mobility, Autonomous Christmas proves that SuperRoboDorky science people actually do have senses of humor and plenty of Christmas spirit.
Holiday Gift Guide 2014: AkihabaraNews' Top 15 Japanese Gadgets
Well, we’ve put together quite a range: from $6 sushi socks to an $80 HD-video spywatch to a $130 Japanese pasta maker to a $2,000 emotional robot - there’s something for everyone on your list...even if your list is just you!
Holiday Gift Guide 2014: AkihabaraNews' Top 15 Japanese Gadgets
Well, we’ve put together quite a range: from $6 sushi socks to an $80 HD-video spywatch to a $130 Japanese pasta maker to a $2,000 emotional robot - there’s something for everyone on your list...even if your list is just you! Before jumping in, we have to say that this was not easy. We cover a whole lot of wonderful and unique Japanese gadgets and everyday practical products, and narrowing it all down to a manageable gift guide is less of a search and more of an exercise in sacrifice. But choose we did!
SCENE IN TOKYO: Shiodome Caretta Choreographed Illumination
It’s anyone’s guess how many millions do so each year: photographers work to get the shots, lovers make illumination viewing part of their date, entire families brave the cold, and even dorky tech Editors make the trip. The annual Shiodome Caretta display is considered one of the finest, and as you’ll see below, the why is no surprise.
Tokyo Midtown Illumination Animation: Japan is Good at This (VIDEO) - AkihabaraNews.com
From upscale shopping centers to out of the way local grocery stores and business of all sorts (even a few private homes here and there), Tokyo is currently enjoying a very tasteful veneer of light-based holiday spirit. Whether we call them Christmas Lights, Holiday Decorations, or simply, as do the Japanese, Illumination, there’s no doubt that Japan both loves to play the game and is particularly good at it.

In Japan, November 1st seems like the official day that stores get permission to let loose with the Christmas songs and lights.

Starbucks Coffee Japan is no exception. They already announced that they are going to start selling Japan-only Cranberry Bliss White Mocha and Snow Maple Toffy Latte/Frappuccino from November 1st.  

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