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Swedish Christmas Bazaar in Roppongi – 2015

The Christmas season has officially started in Japan. Well, in some shops it started the next day after Halloween. But now, in the beginning of December, even the most skeptical of all people start murmuring Christmas carols and looking up Christmas movies on Netflix or Hulu. As I’m writing this, hot cocoa is waiting to be poured into my favorite Santa mug. Getting into the Christmas spirit is easy if you know how! And certainly visiting the traditional Swedish Christmas Bazaar at Embassy of Sweden was very helpful, too.Swedish Christmas BazaarThe Bazaar is usually held in the end of November – beginning of December. It is a wonderful opportunity to get a feel of Scandinavian Christmas right in the middle of Tokyo. And certainly a pleasant change from the ubiquitous Japanese Christmas cake with strawberries and KFC!Swedish Christmas BazaarSwedish Christmas Bazaar

The question that interested me the most was “Do Swedish people eat meatballs on Christmas Eve” Guess what? They really do! It seemed that almost all visitors lined up for those meatballs. It was the longest line at the Swedish Christmas Bazaar. There were practically no solo visitors except for me and an American girl I spotted in the crowd. I took the liberty of introducing myself, and a couple of minutes later we were waiting for the meatballs together and chatting. Unfortunately, I lost her before we payed our hard-earned 500 yen for 3 meatballs with pickled cucumbers, a dollop of mashed potatoes and lingonberry sauce. Swedish Christmas BazaarIt happened when I went to take photos of the children’s choir Lucia. It was crazy crowded around the stage. Everyone was taking photos and videos of boys and girls who looked like angels in their white gowns.Swedish Christmas BazaarAfter that there was no sign of my new acquaintance and the place got much more crowded. It was difficult to move around there, so I left soon after that. Today I have read that the charity event gathered over 3000 visitors in total. All the proceeds went to to the rebuilding of Tohoku area.Swedish Christmas Bazaar


Swedish Christmas Bazaar

Address: Swedish Embassy, 1-10-3-100 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Distance to Airport: 69km from Narita Airport
Opening Hours: 11am – 4pm
Entrance fee: 500 yen
Tel: 03-5562-5050
Access 1: 5 min. walk from Roppongi-Itchome Station, Exit 3
Access 2: 7 min. walk from Kamiyacho Station, Exit 2
Official website of Swedish Embassy: http://www.swedenabroad.com/en-GB/Embassies/Tokyo/

Article by Olga Kaneda

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