Atlas, It’s finally winter! – and you know what that means? It means layer upon layer of clothes and frostbites on your fingers. But seriously on the good side though, a beautiful scenery of white snow capping the mountain’s peak and celebrating the most anticipated holiday of the year, Christmas!

This year is my first ever White Christmas! Although, this holiday is much more celebrated in my country, we don’t get to experience falling snow on Christmas eve or even wearing the iconic ugly Christmas sweater. So now, I hope to get the most of it!

Even if Christmas is not an official holiday in Japan, trust me, they don’t go easy on preparing for it. I’m talking about amazing season-long illumination, gigantic Christmas Trees and millions of Christmas lights decorated on each corner of the streets! Many big cities in Japan are also having their own version of Christmas night events -and you guessed it, we couldn’t miss it for the world!


Located in the entertainment district of Yokohama, Minato Mirai 21 Red Brick House holds one of the most popular winter activity that everyone is looking forward too – ice skating! More popularly known as the Art Rink, it started just a couple of years ago and is now the most visited place in the city.


For a very reasonable price, you can rent an ice skating boots and enjoy ice skating from as early as eleven in the morning until ten at night and is available the entire week until March 2017.


Now I am clearly a newbie on this one. At first, I couldn’t even stand and glide my feet without falling or holding into the railing. It did take me awhile to get the hang of it but sure it was an experience I would definitely want to do over and over again.


Beside from ice skating, of course the Christmas night market is just around the corner (well literally). There are beautifully decorated shops lining up for everyone who wishes to shop and dine. Just right in front of the bay, is the gigantic Christmas Tree that stands as a symbol of the night’s event.


It’s indeed a place to be counting down before Christmas. The city is wide awake and glistening until sunset and each place reflects the bright color of the season creating a more cheerful holiday spirit!


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Twenty-two (22) Forward is inspired from personal experiences, intimate thoughts and life adventure created and authored by LOLISA MAE SAKURAI. A special mark to her 22nd chapter, the things in between, and everything beyond there is.

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