It is always a fun and enjoyable idea to get into the holiday spirit. Check out our article on ideas to spruce up your home for the holidays.
Every year winter brings cold weather, warm clothing, seasonal foods, and the holidays. All around the world people have holiday traditions that are usually celebrated in December. Japan is no different when it comes to catching the holiday spirit and embracing the traditions that come with it. Japan mostly celebrates the Christmas holiday, even though they have changed a few things about the holiday they have adopted the fun things that come with it. The one tradition that Japanese people love is decorating their homes. Although decorating is fun it can sometimes be stressful trying to come up with ideas, or it may may be difficult finding the things you want to have. Here are a few ideas you can use to spruce up your home for the holidays.
Use Your Windows
Your windows can be one of the most underutilized areas in your apartment or house. The window sill can offer enough room to hold small decorative objects or other window decorations. There is a large selection of window clings that you can find in stores in Japan that will add a festive flair to your windows. You can even buy suction cup hangers that allow you to hang simple pictures or decorations. You can find items for every holiday from Halloween to New Year decorations. You may even want to decorate your windows with festive garland or streamers. You can gain additional hanging space by using a curtain rod to hang more decorations. If you have enough room, you can set up a small tree and decorate it to your liking. These are creative ways to express your yourself and let the people outside know you are in the holiday spirit.
A simple way to accent a room is to add some small plants to your living room. Small green plants can give a clean feeling to a room and they also can help clean the air. You can find a wide array of inexpensive plants to choose from at most stores. If you want to go bigger you can go to flower shops or large plant stores to get the kind of plant, you are looking for. You can get small trees from there as well. You might pick up flower decorating as a hobby if you have the time.
Setting up a bouquet in a vase in the center of your room can make the décor shine. You can buy pre-made bouquets from the local flower shop or you can ask the shop owners to give you some advice. Flower arrangements can be an inexpensive way to make the room look good and smell good too.
Every apartment and house come with standard lighting. While LED bulbs are nice for power usage and general lighting, they don’t bring out the festive look and feel most people want for the holidays. One way you can add lighting that shows you are celebrating the holidays is to use string lights. A string of lights is easy to find any time of the year, and during the holidays you can find multi-colored ones. They are easy to hang and require little energy to use. You may want to use them even after the holidays as a way to softly light your apartment at night. String lights come in a variety of shapes and designs and you can string them in different ways as well. It is popular for those who don’t have the room for a full tree to shape the string of lights like a tree on the wall. They are great for inexpensive mood lighting as well and some come with a strong setting or dimmer switches. If you have your home set-up for it, you can use voice-activated commands to turn them on or off. These ideas are all great ways to accent your room and set the mood for whatever occasion you find yourself celebrating.
Shelf displays can be an easy way to make your room pop with all of the holiday spirit. You can buy small wooden shelves that you can place around your room and fill with all the holiday items that you like. You can find all manner of festive items to place on the shelves. There are some small dioramas that you can make and create small scenes that personify the holidays. There are other small displays you can find at any store and you can use them to change the look of your place. If you don’t have room for a full shelf in your room, you can buy hanging shelves for your wall. The 100-yen shops sell inexpensive ones that are made for Japanese homes and will do little to no damage to your walls. Most of them can hold between 2 and 5 kilograms at a time. As long as you keep whatever you plan to showcase within the weight limits you should be fine.
With these simple ideas it will easy to formulate a plan for decorating your living space. It can be fun figuring out which decoration will work best for your available space to make your home ready for the holidays.