December 24, 2004
Inventing a tree

creative perspectivesThere are no towering tannenbaum for sale here in Tokyo, unless you are a millionaire or plan well in advance. I make our holiday tree from whatever we have in the house, plus a small stock of 100 yen shop decorations I found a few years ago.

This little burst of creative energy is one of my favorite things about the holiday. We’ve had trees made of paper strung from light fixtures, bamboo poles tied into a teepee shape, and rosemary plants decorated with red velvet bows.


This year’s tree was a stack of seventeen wine glasses carefully balanced, then decorated with beads and illuminated with candles. Elegant. Risky.

I was on edge throughout dinner and gifts, but the curtains did not catch fire, the beads did not melt, nor did an earthquake tumbled the arrangement. Merry Christmas!

Posted by kuri at December 24, 2004 11:59 PM


That’s one of the prettiest and creative arrangement I’ve ever seen. Merry Christmas!

Posted by: lisa on December 25, 2004 05:09 PM

An amazing balacing act and a glamorous tree. Hope your Christmas was merry.

Posted by: fran on December 26, 2004 03:04 AM

What a great idea. We stopped buying live trees a few years ago and have a small, plastic tree that comes out of a box with lights already on it. I know, tacky but it’s fine and we bury it with presents so it’s really just a focal point. However, this is a much better idea; each year a new idea, with a yearly picture to document and catalog the ideas.

Your goblet tree is fantastic. I’m already thinking about what I’m going to do next year and whether my wife will like it. Thanks.

Posted by: Richard on December 26, 2004 11:27 PM

Pretty, pretty

Posted by: jcwinnie on December 27, 2004 12:50 AM

So beautiful!

Posted by: Jennifer on December 30, 2004 04:27 AM

Wow. What a great looking tree. Merry Christmas and Yoi O Toshi O.

Posted by: erra on December 30, 2004 05:22 PM
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