My Oldest Sister’s Household Got here To Japan & Spent Christmas At Our Place


When my eldest sister mailed me again in the summertime saying she was pondering of coming to Japan in December I didn’t fairly imagine it as I had simply by no means thought of the thought of any member of the family really coming to ours at Christmas time. My spouse was ultimately knowledgeable of this information when my dad and mom have been on the town again in mid-September and fortunately had no reservations about all of them staying with us for just a few nights in the course of the festive season.

Quick ahead three months they usually arrived from Australia. Though I’ve seen photos of them I used to be nonetheless barely shocked by how they’d all grown in the course of the 4.5 years since I final noticed them in particular person when I went to Melbourne in March 2019. Our little chihuahua was barking rather a lot after they arrived at our place and he was very confused.


By the next morning he was fortunately very pleasant and loving in the direction of them which offered plenty of leisure for everybody all through their keep.


After only one night time at ours they left the next morning to go on as much as Hakuba in Nagano (an outdated hang-out of mine again within the noughties) for 5 days of skiiing and native sights. We escorted them to Tokyo station and Sioned was delighted to have the ability to stroll the canine to the station.

Her pleasure was even better after I handed her the bag now we have to hold him in when on public transport. Our canine completely loves youngsters and so he was most pleased with the state of affairs and hopefully it’ll be one thing that she remembers fondly from this journey.


Earlier than they left they did go away us a load of Aussie snacks to feast on while they have been away. I used to be nonetheless refraining from chocolate then so needed to bide my time and wait until just a few days later.

On Christmas Eve Eve (because the twenty third is understood by some folks!) they arrived again in Tokyo and made their very own technique to our place as I simply by no means acquired a message from my sister. A number of hours chilling at residence was adopted by a night out for one of many major occasions of the journey. and this picture probability on the best way to the station was too good a chance for the youngest to cross up!

We have been mainly simply killing time till our appointment elsewhere that night so hopped out at Yurakucho to go and see a few of the Christmas bushes and illuminations that make up a part of the annual Marunouchi Shiny Christmas occasion. Nobody was notably impressed by something on present!!

TeamLab Planets in Toyosu was one of many major issues we did (due to Anesta’s advice) which I used to be effective with as I’d by no means been there. It’s a vastly in style attraction for vacationers, and there’s rather a lot about it on the web however I’ll in all probability nonetheless do a separate publish on that so will simply go away an image of the household beneath for now.

It’s truthful to say most of us have been drained on the best way residence that night time!

Christmas Eve was a much more relaxed day with nothing deliberate prematurely. It was good to simply laze round with the household chatting and enjoying with the children and the canine. Breakfast was all made by my spouse and included some toasted sandwiches and even some fried hen which most individuals know lately is a Japanese custom at the moment of the 12 months. The image beneath was really taken to ship to a buddy that morning to point out that our favorite festive movie ‘Jingle All The Manner‘ (1996) was being performed which explains why the household are solely within the nook of the shot!

A shot to point out the entire front room!!

Christmas music movies have been enjoying on the TV through YouTube nevertheless it wasn’t all festive tunes as there have been just a few others together with Spanish duo Baccara’s huge 1977 Euro hit. ‘Sure Sir, I Can Boogie‘ which has been adopted by followers of the Scotland nationwide soccer workforce in the previous few years, and the women specifically discovered the dancing of the duo fairly amusing and immitated it a bit.

My spouse, sister, Eifion and me ultimately took the canine out for a stroll mid-morning. He obtained his probability to hold the canine for a bit.

It was a sunny day so we went to Ueno early afternoon for a stroll via the park earlier than persevering with on all the way down to Akihabara for a go searching some outlets.

Potato membership!

We took dinner at a household restaurant again close to to our residence which was enjoyable as a result of robotic machines which ship the meals to you.

There was a Euro-style Christmas Eve current trade of kinds again at residence with the vast majority of the presents being Aussie-themed ones for the canine. He normally will get greater than my spouse and I which is admittedly not too troublesome!

The remainder of the night time earlier than Christmas was spent simply sitting round and chatting while  ‘House Alone‘ (1990) performed within the background.


The children nonetheless acquired stockings filled with Christmas presents which have been opened the next morning as is customary in our custom.

Round lunchtime we went to an area conveyor-belt sushi restaurant while my spouse was at work. It was really not the primary time I’ve been there on Christmas Day as I appear to recollect assembly my buddy Richard in the identical place again in 2015.


It’s truthful to say the extra bastadised sushi was extra in style with all of them though my brother-in-law and nephew did strive a really beneficiant quantity of wasabi on their tuna rolls.


Mid-afternoon we headed all the way down to Shibuya beginning off on the eleventh flooring of Hikarie which is an effective place to get some good views of Shibuya with out paying any cash. Scramble Crossing and Heart Gai have been subsequent as we walked round this most touristy of areas which included a pit cease for some ice lotions at Ikea earlier than we walked on to Harajuku.

The overly crowded Takeshita Avenue naturally offered plenty of attraction for everybody with its many attention-grabbing outlets and quirky meals objects. This was the most effective shot I obtained off my rainbow cheese American canine.

The primary factor all of the household wished to do was go to the Piglet cafe in Harajuku. This place is extraordinarily busy and in style so the one time slots out there have been within the night. Because of this I booked it for December twenty fifth with a view to give us a singular reminiscence of the primary day. Once more, I’m more likely to do a separate publish for that so one image must suffice for now.

Christmas is normally all in regards to the build-up for me with little or no on the finish of all of it so it was a delight to have my sister’s household with us for a beautiful mixture of simply hanging out at residence combined in with just a few journeys to locations in Tokyo.

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