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Palette Kumoji Christmas illuminations turned on

Date Posted: 2002-11-24

Although Okinawans don't celebrate Christmas, local merchants have long welcomed it as an excellent means to push their sales. To mark the season a 9-meter tall Christmas tree and light decorations containing some 100,000 bulbs were lit in a ceremony outside Palette Kumoji building in Naha City. Although the day was quite warm, reportedly 25.5 degrees centigrade, a choir of children from Zenrin Kindergarten sand Christmas carols and other seasonal songs. Similar performances are scheduled regularly through the rest of the season.

In Okinawa, Christmas is definitely young peoplefs event. Itfs party time. Discos and restaurants will be full, and so are love hotels as young couples in Japan consider Christmas Eve to be the most romantic night of the year. As for merchants, the timing could not be better as Christmas is only a week before New Year that is traditionally the biggest holiday of the year, and the traditional year-end gift giving season.

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