Christmas decorations aren't the highest priority for most of Japan at this time of year. Standing outside my house it's hard to see another house with lights or a 10 foot Santa apart from on our own home. That was until three days ago when we had a wind storm overnight and Santa decided to fly from our roof and land in the middle of a nearby park.
The following morning he was found by a concerned neighbour lying face down and initially thought to be a party reveller who had imbibed a little too much and was sleeping it off in the grass. The lady soon realised what it was and being the only house with a Santa suddenly became a benefit. She picked Santa up and bundled him over to our door. The first we knew of it was a very sorry looking Santa sitting in the drive.
It has rained since that morning until today when there has been a slight let up. Santa is inflatable and we hadn't been able to check whether his acrobatics had damaged his motor or not until now and plugging him in I was initially disappointed as nothing happened. Checking all the connections I found the loose one and having fixed that Santa stands tall again. He makes neighbourhood smile and I'm glad to say Santa lives again. Though a little more firmly tied down this time.