I just remembered, I posted about going here way back in 2007. And 2008. I can't find 2009 but we definitely went again in 2010.
I was looking at how much the girls have changed in a year. And so here is last year's and this year's illuminations pictures:
She's wearing tights, leg warmers and a mini-dress. The fleece had to be open so you could see her dress and the only reason she has a hat on at all is because K gave her the 'choice' of hat or his skimask. We carried her snowsuit with us thinking she'd get cold and go for comfort over fashion but nope. Must be the Nagano in her but she rocked that outfit to the end. I was a little worried we'd get a lot of disapproving looks but forgot that Christmas in Japan is for couples not families and 80% of the people at the illuminations were young couples with the girls wearing itty bitty shorts and high heal boots and tottering around the park squealing and grabbing their boyfriend's arm for support. Rather than looking out of place Amy just looked 12 years ahead of her time.
Not that Meg and I minded looking overdressed- we definitely choose warm over stylish!