Dec 25, 2018
Japanese apartments are small. This is not a widely contested fact. Trying to find space for a Christmas tree in the middle of a 3 LDK Japanese apartment, inhabited by 2 adults with clutter issues and a small child with too many possessions, can be a nightmare. This little tree has been with me for a while, but figuring out where to put it with our current furniture configuration was a challenge, until I realized I could drape a blanket across the front of my book shelf, clearing the top to make a flat surface, and go from there. Large, heavy presents can stay on the floor in front of the shelf while smaller gifts can be found closer to the base of the tree. I did have to put it up there after my daughter finished decorating it, but still, it has been a useful and decent way to go about holiday decorating in our otherwise cramped space.
Also, nothing says "We're agnostics who like kid toys" like a helicopter being used as a tree topper.
A working mom/writer/teacher, Jessica explores her surroundings in Miyagi-ken and Tohoku, enjoying the fun, quirky, and family friendly options the area has to offer.