This month in Blue Wings: December 2015

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The festive season has arrived! Cargo News has chosen some ideas for your holidays from the December issue of Blue Wings magazine.

TAKEOFF

Dreaming of a blue Christmas

Japan did not invent Christmas, but it can lay a solid claim to having invented the blue LED. Last year, three Japanese scientists received the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work in the development of these tiny, energy-efficient and environment-friendly blue bulbs. 

The invention has also ushered in a revolution in the country’s end-of-the-year lighting displays. These displays, referred to even in the Japanese language with the English word “illumination,” seem to become more elaborate every year; many now boast hundreds of thousands – even millions – of lights.

Pictured right is the Canyon d’Azur display in front of the Caretta Shiodome complex in downtown Tokyo, which is said to contain a mere 250,000 LEDs. There are many other such displays across the country. On any given night in mid or late December, they are being visited by hundreds of young couples, for this is another twist that Japan has given to Christmas: it is considered the most romantic holiday of the year.

TIP! Finnair flies to Tokyo daily.

Photo by Peter Weld

 

WORLD

Light up the Christmas tree in New York on Dec 2

Tens of thousands of people jam-pack the streets of Manhattan to see the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, a tradition dating back to 1933. Entertainment at Rockefeller Plaza will be televised live on December 2nd from 7–9 pm.

The 20–30 meter Norway spruce with its 45,000 multi-colored LED lights will be on display until January 6, 2016.

Nassau parties on Dec 26 & Jan 1

On Boxing Day and New Year’s Day it is party on in the Bahamas (photo by iStock on the right). The Junkanoo Parade starts after midnight with a hypnotic show of rhythmic drums, wild dancers and shiny costumes. The best are displayed year round in the Junkanoo Expo Museum.

Auld Lang Syne in Edinburgh on Dec 31 - Jan 1

Scotland’s cities ring in 2016 with their world-famous Hogmanay festivals. Last year Hogmanay in Edinburgh attracted more than 148,000 revelers from 70 countries. 

The festival opens with a torchlight ceremony and continues with concerts. The year ends with a giant street party and fireworks. On January 1, the bravest take a dip in the River Forth.

 

GIFTS

Kidstuff 

This new edition of the Lonely Planet Kids Travel Book covers every country in the world, with images illustrating facts about daily life from food to geography and wildlife in each location. 

Fisheye fun

If your selfies could use a fresh angle, check out the Black Eye lenses sold by Finnish company Caramba Ltd. There are seven different versions of these fisheye lenses ranging from 180 degrees to 235 degrees for a truly well-rounded view. 

Caramba’s online shop delivers worldwide. The Black Eye lenses are also available in the Finnair PlusShop for €34.90.

Posh journeys

Luxury brand Louis Vuitton has just released four new cities – Bangkok, Chicago, Prague and Rome – in its City Guides series and launched a new mobile app to accompany the collection, with city walks, cultural events, secret addresses and special guest contributors.

 

TRAVEL 2016

Top 3 destinations for 2016

Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka (pictured above), also known as the “Liverpool of Japan,” boasts a lively J-rock scene, bars and shops along with historic Zen gardens and temples in the country’s sixth largest city.

Guangzhou, China

Formerly known as Canton, Guangzhou lies on the Pearl River about 120 km from Hong Kong. China’s busiest transport and trade hub sees one of the world’s largest migrations of people during Chinese New Year.

Miami, US

Infused with Cuban flavor, Miami aka the “Magic City,” is home to glam South Beach which houses some of America’s finest art deco buildings.

Original texts by Mirva Lempiäinen, Katja Pantzar and Peter Weld

Read the December 2015 issue of Finnair's Blue Wings magazine here.

 

Published November 27, 2015

Category: Collaboration, Local features

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