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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Warm Biz

Warm Biz: warm clothes for a colder office

Warm Biz is part of an energy savings concept where businesses keep the office thermostat a little cooler in the winter to save heating costs and encourage workers to dress a bit warmer.  The corollary concept, Cool Biz is during the summer when offices are a little warmer, using less air conditioning and workers dress cooler.  This is just another example of Janglish.

After taking the photo, I jumped back on the escalator up to the 3rd floor.  I noticed that there was nothing special about the third floor.  I scooted past the boys athletic wear on my way to the electronics section, grabbed my DVDs and was back down the escalator in a couple minutes.

Later that same day. . .

Four hours later, after dinner, I was off to my Japanese language class.  On my way, I realized I had forgotten to get some erasers for Ellie.  Since my class is right across the street from the department store, I headed into the same department store as earlier.  Up the escalator past the "Warm Biz" display and up to the 3rd floor I went.  On my way to the stationery section, I walked past the boy's athletic wear, and. . . WHAT?

It wasn't boys' athletic wear anymore!  No running suits, jackets, and sweatshirts.  Instead, it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  In addition to Christmas trees, there were lighted American cartoon characters like Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse, Stitch and, of course, Rudolph.

It's beginnnin to look a lot like Christmas
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Christmastime is Here

This holiday transformation happened in just a few hours, all over Tokyo.  Literally from that point on, I began to see Christmas trees and lights everywhere I went. At Starbucks, I've already received my coffee in a holiday cup and heard a jazzy rendition of "Silent Night" in English!

Starbucks Christmas Dark Cherry Mocha
Starbucks-Japan has already broken out the holiday cups and Christmas music.

Apparently after Halloween, stores immediately get ready for the next big marketing holiday... and that would be Christmas -- except that Jesus is not invited to His own birthday party.

So the same day Senator Obama became President-Elect in the U.S., it became Christmastime in Japan, instantly.

Join us in prayer as we enter this wonderful "Christ-mass" season -- albeit a bit prematurely -- that we can help our friends realize the simple truth that Jesus is the reason for the season.  At least we have two full months to share this great message.

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