For various reasons, it's going to be a very different kind of Christmas this year. This past week, as I've been preparing the house for Christmas, I've been reminiscing about Christmases past. I am so thankful for the memories but feeling sad that this one will be spent without the joys of gathering with friends and family. However, we do want to keep everyone safe so we will make the necessary adjustments and trust that the day will come when we can freely meet with others. Until then, phone calls and video chats will have to suffice. (I am very thankful for technology!!) I suspect that your holidays plans are also undergoing a similar transformation. Wishing you all the best as you reconsider how best to celebrate this season.
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the coming year.
Thank you so much for your visits. The number of visitors has been steadily growing and I'm so encouraged! Unfortunately, I don't have as much time as I like to be active here but I will continue to post when I can. (Less demanding days are coming but they're not here yet...) Thanks again for your support. I feel blessed.
(This ornament was on the Christmas tree at my workplace.)
TITLE: Topsy-turvy Christmas Tree
Every December, the St. Regis Hotel in Osaka erects a huge Christmas tree decorated with beautiful ornaments made from Japanese paper. The colors of the tree are blue and gold and it's quite spectacular. We visit often and I always try to take photos of the ornaments but I've never been happy with the results. However, that doesn't stop me from trying and so I return as often as I can to try yet again. (No luck yet.) One year I was distracted by a food cart off to the side full of empty glass jars with lids. They looked like oversized cookie jars and perhaps had been used earlier in the day for that very purpose. The glass knobs on the tops of the lids were particularly interesting and as I got closer, I realized that the colors and shapes I could see in them were upside-down reflections of the room. So cool! Thankfully everything was aligned so all I needed to do was position myself in the right place and - ta-da! - the result was this topsy-turvy Christmas tree.
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I'm a photographer based in Osaka, Japan. I love to take photographs. I like to share.