November 30, 2004


I've always been a sucker for Christmas decorations; I really look forward to putting up the tree, and setting up lights... it's my favorite time of the year. However, for obvious reasons, this year had to be a little different. I don't have my usual tree or decorations, and buying another tree here would be just silly because I can't bring it home with me.

I refused to let it stop me, though, and decided to follow in the footsteps of one of my role models. So, just like last years Halloween, this Christmas is dedicated to Charlie "Blockhead" Brown here in the Scatterlaschi abode. I found a 150 yen tree (about $1.50 American), got some lights, a few small ornaments, and turned a sad little tree into what I think is the perfect little addition to help our Christmas spirit. Take a look for yourself!

Before- I know it looks sad, but just like my mentor, Charlie Brown, I saw something in that tree and knew it was just right.

After- with a little love and affection, our tiny little tree actually does look pretty nice. Besides, you can't beat the price.

Posted by jed at November 30, 2004 10:42 PM

ooooh.... pretty. but i think your candy cane is backwards.

Posted by: sistah at November 30, 2004 11:49 PM

no no, it's not the candy cane. you're forgetting i'm in japan. everything is backwards here. after all, they drive on the left side of the road.

the LEFT!!??!

Posted by: jed at November 30, 2004 11:58 PM

do the toilets flush backwards too?

oh and by the way, i see the corner of your zen garden. why does it embarrass you so? it looks quite tranquil to me.

Posted by: sistah at November 30, 2004 11:59 PM

actually, that isn't our zen garden but our ant farm.

the toilets DO flush backwards. at least in terms of the handle direction.

oh, and we made it to kyoto today but we slept too late and when we got there everything was closed.

Posted by: Karen at December 1, 2004 12:04 AM

Shocking that you overslept!
Beautiful little shrub by the way.

Posted by: Joe at December 1, 2004 04:09 AM

In japan they flush UP!!

Posted by: marc at December 2, 2004 07:25 AM

actually, they flush both ways.

and it is more of a pull or push since the handle sort of hangs.

pull towards you for liquids.

push away from you for solids.
(this varies from toilet to toilet)

many public toilets have heated seats, built-in bidets, spray washers and flush sounds for when you need background noise to help with concentration.

Posted by: Karen at December 2, 2004 03:42 PM
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