The Fukutsu City youth choir's annual Christmas concert. Not exactly what we American folks would exactly call a traditional Christmas concert, but it hit the high points. And a buncha my students are in the group, so it's cool to see them.
C'mon, how cute are they?
...and then Santa, a reindeer and a walking Christmas tree show up!
Okay... where Japan diverges... is their interest in odd animal featured morality tales that approach tragedy of nigh-Greek proportions. So, let me weave the tale, as I interpreted it.
A Japanese village...
A fox who steals the food...
...of a fisherman, who was gathering food for his mother before she dies. She dies anyways. Tragedy!
Despite the fox trying to atone, through a TRAGIC misunderstanding, the fisherman kills the fox out of revenge! Tragedy #2.
The the fox fairy godmother reveals the truth to everybody, they all learn a valuable moral lesson, and [possibly] the dead fox is returned to life.
And this is Christmas in Japan.
Sandy posing with the spiffy Xmas tree in the lobby.