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  • Hello world, where I'm from in England, this is how you get ready for Christmas.

  • Hello world, where I'm from in Japan, this is how preparing for Christmas is like.

  • You know Christmas is coming when you see Christmas decorations in shops.

  • Not just shops decorate, shopping centres decorate too,

  • and I like this light up sleigh.

  • In the outside, sometimes when it's close to Christmas,

  • some stores have special decorations.

  • Kawaii!

  • All towns put Christmas lights up.

  • In the little town near us, they have lights too,

  • and they look like little snitches.

  • In central London they also have lights

  • and they put on massive displays.

  • These lights on Regent St are my favourite

  • because they are angels.

  • So this is in Ginza

  • and Ginza has lots of lights,

  • and there are some people that come to Ginza just to look at the lights.

  • And this is Hara Hotel.

  • So what are all these people lining up for?

  • For the lottery.

  • They could win something?

  • Yes.

  • Ooh.

  • The first big job to do is to buy some nice Christmas presents

  • for your friends and family.

  • It's not so busy now

  • but it'll get busier when it gets closer to Christmas.

  • We're going to go to Lush

  • to buy some nice bath things for our friends

  • At Christmas lots of shops have some limited edition things,

  • like this blue penguin or this dinosaur wearing a Christmas hat,

  • I really like that.

  • And if you're lazy, you could buy some a present already wrapped up for your friend or family

  • They come in all different shapes and sizes

  • I especially like this donut shaped one

  • They also come in different looks

  • Like that santa and the elf

  • In Japan, people don't get presents from under the tree

  • Okay, so then how do they get presents?

  • Um, they just give presents with hand

  • Or maybe some people do give under the tree

  • The next big job is to choose your Christmas tree

  • There are two different types of Christmas tree

  • Artificial and real

  • and you can decorate them however you like

  • This garden centre has lots of artificial trees to choose from

  • some are big and wide

  • some have lights on

  • and some are even tall, skinny and white

  • They cost more than real trees but you can use them every year

  • We like having a real christmas tree

  • There were lots to choose from

  • Once you have chosen your Christmas tree you have to take it to the staff so they can wrap it for you

  • So this is a shop to buy a Christmas tree

  • but some people don't have their Christmas trees

  • but they have little plastic trees

  • This is my daddy carrying my Christmas tree back home

  • We don't have a car so i have to take it on my bike

  • One of the best things about getting ready for Christmas

  • is doing Christmas activities

  • I like going ice skating

  • This ice rink is only around at Christmas time

  • and they put it on a big field so children can come and play

  • it's fun whether you're an expert or a beginner - like me

  • even if you're not that good at it

  • it's fun trying

  • This ice rink is in the middle of a fun fair and you could even buy Christmassy food

  • Did you know in England father Christmas' favourite food is mince pies

  • Each year we visit him in his grotto

  • and ask him if we've been good and for a present

  • If we have been good we can choose an early Christmas present too

  • In some places in Japan

  • we can go skating

  • But this is at Skytree and it's very expensive and I didn't want to take the kids

  • Hahaha

  • This is a market to buy lots of Christmas stuff

  • and what kinda stuff can you buy?

  • You can buy Christmassy food

  • or a lot of food from around the world

  • Actually, this one is a German market so it's mostly German food

  • So you get sausages

  • and chicken, no turkey

  • Was the food cheap, expensive?

  • well kind of expensive

  • Yeah that food there was like 3000 yen

  • yeah

  • and they also had a Christmas concert that had santa in it

  • In Tokyo, you can see some light festivals for free

  • I have a pen, I have a pen

  • eehh long pen

  • What do you think about this light festival?

  • It was cool and fun.

  • What part of Tokyo is this in?

  • Roppongi

  • where we're staying we have a special Christmas dinner.

  • Which includes Turkey with potatoes.

  • Brussel Sprouts are little cabbage thing about this size.

  • My vegetables, they're actually puddings?

  • and peas and blankets?

  • The actual puddings are like

  • (inaudible) crispy bowl things that you can eat

  • This is a mikan(orange)

  • and this is a Christmas cake(keki)

  • and this is KFC and then this is strawberries

  • What time did you get your mandarins in Japan?

  • uhmm..Fall

  • it's yummy

  • I don't know what he's saying

  • And while you were eating your Christmas dinner

  • you get a partner and then pop this open

  • What? A party hat. A hat.

  • and a joke and here's the joke.

  • Why does mistletoe gonna be famous?

  • Hollywood.

  • (inaudible)

  • And next is Kentucky Chicken

  • and Kentucky Chicken, lots of people order for Christmas

  • because it's Christmassy

  • so this is the fries

  • this is the burger of chicken

  • Wait a second..is it a little bit cold? Yeah.

  • Okay..let's heat it up.

  • So we're heating it up because we bought it yesterday

  • and a lot of people, they don't eat the Kentucky fresh.

  • they have to bought it in advance and therefore they usually end up heating it up.

  • Okay! Now what happens now? we're back and..

  • and we are going to eat it

  • is it hot or cold now? Hot.

  • Okay, let's try hot

  • -It's hot. -Too hot?

  • -Shin, is yours hot? -Yes, it's crazy hot and it's so crazy yummy.

  • For pudding, after your Christmas dinner,

  • you can have this lovely things

  • and it's called Christmas pudding.

  • It's like a food cake but dark.

  • and you can put custard on it to make it taste really nice.

  • and if you make your own, people, you can hide a coin inside and apparently,

  • if you find the coin, it's good luck.

  • and when you serve it, you meant to pour alcohol on it then set on fire.

  • First, our lovely Christmas dinner, we have all sorts of Christmassy treat.

  • like this, Christmas chocolate orange

  • and (inaudible) you might have an orange in your stocking.

  • so i think that's why they invented chocolate oranges and it tastes really delicious.

  • but they don't just look like chocolate orange, they taste like orange and chocolate. Mixed together.

  • and this is what the inside looked.

  • The outside of the chocolate look before it get smashed.

  • this is what one of them looks like

  • A treat that is popular in Japan around Christmas time is strawberries.

  • Alright. Let's eat the strawberries.

  • Yeah.

  • can we eat the white part?

  • Yeah.

  • Yummy!

  • I don't know what that means.

  • but i think it means good.

  • In England's favourite Christmas treats are minced pies.

  • they have minced meat in them.

  • but actually no real meat in them.

  • and they are little pies. They're not massive ones.

  • and there about this big.

  • and they taste delicious.

  • and normally sprinkled with sugar on the top.

  • to make it taste extremely yummy.

  • Inside, it contains spicy raisins and some dried fruit and it makes an excellent combination.

  • I love it!

  • When we went to 7 eleven, I saw this magical Christmas display

  • and I said Hey, this Christmas cake looks tasty. Let's buy it for the video.

  • If you don't want to get a big Christmas cake, you can get the little ones.

  • you can even get chicken too.

  • Ready..Set..Go..

  • Okay. Magical Christmas.

  • when you buy this cake it comes with this

  • so we are going to open the cake.