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A (Nightmare) Christmas in Japan

The year was 2012. Yuuki and I wanted to see the Luminarie in Kobe, famous for its beauty.

Spoiler alert: We never made it. Looking at the pictures linked to above again, yeah. We definitely didn’t make it.

This post is an amalgam of a message I wrote to a friend shortly after this night, my memories of the event, and the pictures I managed to find.

This was our story.


Misadventure, indeed.

The saddest part is, this wasn’t the last time we missed the train home. But that’s a different story…


Let me know what you think of this format – first time I used it and I think it seems to work well for a sort of picture-book feel for photoblogs.

Our Christmas this year is a lot more peaceful and warm (but more than a little tinged with loneliness as we are still far from friends and family). We still do not have brilliant lights or trees. But, we tried to make do:


Not wanting to buy a tree this year we made two. Our first one out of a broken umbrella and watercolors. Then my mom told me a bookstore made one out of books, and I had to try for myself. It may not be pretty, but it’s…something.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!!

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