A few months ago, we went to the local illuminations display. We happened to go on my birthday as well, which made it twice as special. However, I’m one of those jerks who doesn’t tell you it’s my birthday until someone else brings it up, and then you feel bad for not wishing me happy birthday or getting a card or something. Sorry!
Japan has a lot of these light displays in parks and and gardens around Christmas, most of them starting in November and ending around January. For some of the displays, you have to pay to get in, but this one was free.
This particular display was quite large. It took about two hours to walk around the entire park at a leisurely pace. Besides the usual Christmas trees, there were also houses, castles, and animals made of lights. Very beautiful!
Along with lights, there was also an area with lots of food carts. My favorite was this taiyaki one — not only because it is cute, but also because I love taiyaki. Taiyaki is a pastry shaped like a fish with sweet red beans inside. Yum!