The weekend was so busy first I rushed around on Sunday and bought last minute presents (and APs Chocolate Rosette for myself!). In the evening our first stop of the night was the German Christmas Market in Umeda.
It was like all the other Christmas markets we’d ever been to like Leeds and Dusseldorf! We drank some gluhwein out of Santa heads and then moved on to Osaka Hikari Renaissance.
There were many illuminations but the 3D light show was the best for me!
Our last stop of the night was Tennoji Luminance.
You could see Shinsekai in the background. It was so cold that night so I was happy to head home after half an hour!
Christmas eve and our wedding anniversary was another packed day. We exchanged gifts in the morning, we always try to buy traditional gifts and this year was leather or glass/crystal. I got J some wine glasses (which we needed) and some Christmas tree wagashi like the one we ate for our wedding meal. He got me an expensive beautifully cut glass with a Sakura shaped bottom, it’s a ‘rocks’ glass for umeshu and rocks (ice).
We visited Kamigamo Shrine again where we got married. The inside is under going some renovations so we couldn’t go in, but it was nice to be there 3 years since we got married. We said our prayers and then moved on.
For Christmas this year I’d asked for a Maiko experience from my sisters. It was really fun and the ladies very nice.
You get an hour alone to take as many pictures as you like, and they have props like guns and parasols. As you can imagine we took hundreds and I was thoroughly camera whored out.
The official photo.
Next we walked around Higashiyama in search of food, and chose a cute looking traditional udon house.
After some more strolling we went to the main shopping area and patroned a izakaya for drinks!
Of course we too some Christmas purikura!
And revisited the huge Christmas tree in Kyoto station.
There were about 25 Santas at the tree taking photos for people and having a lark, we sat drank our Kobe wine and people watched.
Before heading for bed we had one last thing on our to do list….Christmas Karaoke!