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3 Best Places To Celebrate The New Year In Tokyo
17 Dec 2017IDEASBY SweetEscape

Tokyo is one of the top destination to go to for end of year holiday. The climate is chilly but not too cold and the food is the best! It is an obvious choice to go to this city to enjoy the end of year holiday. This means involving New Year’s celebration, especially the New Year’s Eve. So, where do we go to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Tokyo? Here are a few of our favorites:

Shibuya Crossing

by Bramantya for SweetEscape in Tokyo

One of them is Shibuya crossing, this place is the right place to be for the countdown. The area is guarded around the perimeter, to keep the designated area clean. It’s how the Japanese would celebrate clean and safe. No smoking inside the parameter and the security will check you once you enter the parameter of the countdown area. Very ideal!

Tokyo Skytree

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Tokyo Skytree is may be a new addition in the city, but you can expreience loking throughout Tokyo from the observation tower, or the restaurant. Don't forget to buy your New Year's Eve package in advance to enjoy the beautiful lights from the tower. If you're a morning person than

Tokyo Skytree is a new addition in the city. The tower includes an observation tower, restaurant, and unmatched view of the city of Tokyo. You should not forget to buy your new years eve package well in advance to watch the new years eve fireworks from the tower. Or, if you're a morning person, Tokyo Sky Tree is the perfect place to see Hatsuhinode (the first sunrise of the year).

Tokyo Disney Resort

by Justin for SweetEscape in Tokyo

And of course this place is a must if you are in Tokyo, the Disney Sea! Even if it’s not for New Year’s Eve celebration, you need to visit this place with your family. You can stay at their resort where it is located in one area together with Disneyland and Disney Sea. At this celebration you can go to Disney Sea at night to do the countdown while watching the fireworks.

On the New Year’s day itself Tokyo is fairly quite, as if everybody is reseting their days going into the New Year. For you this would be a great place to enjoy the festivity at night and the quietness in the morning marking a better year ahead.

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Sidney and Etha Mohede: Christmas Tradition in Our Family
12 Dec 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Among the Indonesian Christian community, Sidney and Etha Mohede are extremely popular. Sidney is best known as an award-winning gospel singer-songwriter and one of the pastors of a Jakarta-based megachurch, while Etha is a social media influencer. This Christmas season, we had the opportunity to talk with The Mohedes about their Christmas tradition, how they're going to spend this year's Christmas, and the importance of photography for their family.

by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

1. Tell us about Christmas in your family!

We think our family's Christmas is just like any other family's. When we're in Jakarta, on Christmas morning we'd wake up and open our Christmas presents. But, since these couple of years we spent our Christmases traveling overseas, we'd open the presents before we fly off.

Also, we like to think that the trip itself is the present for the entire family, and we are happy to enjoy the trip together, just us and our three children.

2. Any particular Christmas dinner tradition?

Our family's Christmas dinner usually happens on the Christmas Eve, with simple dishes and no special table decorations. We always like to finish up all the hassle before Christmas Day itself. On Christmas Day we'd usually just eat simple take outs and just enjoy our time together.

However, we think that our family's dinners–be it Christmas or not–is a tradition in itself. We want to make sure that every family member sit around the table at dinner time. We see nowadays in modern families, at dinner time everybody's still busy with their own things; the kids watching videos on their tables, the parents still busy with their gadgets... We don't want that in our family. We make sure that everyone sits around the table and really enjoy our time together, including on Christmas dinners.

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3. Where will you be spending Christmas this year?

This year we'll be going to Europe, namely Italy and the Netherlands. This would be our first time in Italy, and it's a 3-families trip. We're flying off to Dusseldorf, then we'll travel to Milan and meet the other 2 families there. Then we'd spend 7 days in Italy and 7 days in Netherlands, so in total it would be a 14 days trip.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

As for the detailed itinerary, we honestly have no clue, but we've already booked a car to drive around. We want to try a road trip-style holiday this time around, and we think it would be fun! It's going to be an adventure!

4. We know you travel a lot, especially Sidney. Do you take photos of your trip?

Of course! For me (Sidney) personally, I love photography because it is a way I can express my passion easily. I was an art major in university, and my first passion was drawing and painting. But drawing something takes a lot of time. With a camera, I can capture the beauty of what I was seeing wherever I go with a single snap. I can still use my brain and eye for the compositions and colours, and I can express my visual arts passion in an easy way, without having to spend more than 30 minutes to draw one picture.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

Which is why, we also love SweetEscape very much, because the idea of not being the one who takes the photographs and actually being photographed once in a while is really fun! Honestly, I'm (Sidney) not a big fan of being photographed, like most guys, I believe. But for a family photo, it's always nice to have, since most of the times we'd have to take turns taking pictures with the kids, or resort to selfies. With SweetEscape, we don't have to worry about this, and all five of us can be in the picture together!

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

SweetEscape connects you to thousands of local professional photographers in more than 500 cities around the world, so you can capture every moment and get beautiful photos directly to your devices in just 48 hours after your session. This holiday season, capture more with SweetEscape's JINGLE DEALS, where you can get sessions starting as low as USD 50! Download our app, book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!