Christmas cheer during an uncheerful year

This past weekend I came across a Christmas Market in Yokohama.

In the past few years, Christmas markets have become very popular in Japan.  They seem to pop up everywhere and are filled with stalls selling ornaments as well as “Christmas market food” which is mostly German with a focus on hot wine, sausages and turkey legs.

Actually, come to think of it, I’ve only ever been to Christmas markets in Japan.  Back when I was living in Canada I don’t think I ever went to them (if they existed).  So, I have no idea how normal this is.  (Let me know in a comment!)

While I don’t know if this is what a typical Christmas market is like, it was certainly different than the ones from last year for sure.  There were fewer people (only allowed in for 1hr in batches), temperatures were taken before you could enter, and there were forced hand sanitization stations between areas.

Even though that was not normal, being able to keep some traditions is important mentally in these times.

From an accessibility point, there are accessible toilets available in either of the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouses.  Unfortunately, since entrance to the market was restricted, once you leave there was no re-entry – so you had better not drink too much hot wine!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone, lets hope that 2021 will be merrier.

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