Published December 18, 2013 15:40
Simbang Gabi in Tokyo
It’s that time of the year, when the feeling of homesickness creeps up. Particularly when everywhere around is full of bright and pretty illuminations, decors, gifts, and whatnot, reminding you of how you are not back home with you family during the holidays.
Beautiful yes, but it’s not uncommon to hear people say “something is definitely missing.”
In Tokyo, Christmas is a very commercial occasion.
So when there is a chance to go to a simbang gabi, or midnight mass, it is not be missed. This year, the Filipino tradition of simbang gabi is held every night at the Meguro Catholic Church.
Even tonight, people braved a cold rainy night to hear mass, some to complete all nine and have their prayer answered.
What is a Pinoy tradition without food? It was such a great way to finish the evening with the spread of Pinoy food shared by the generous sponsors. Holiday fare or pansit, puto, kutsinta, pandesal, pastries, turon, maja blanca, macaroni salad and arroz caldo sure warmed up stomachs and hearts. It's the next best thing to being back in the Philippines.
We really thank the following people for bringing food! Ihawan Shinjuku, Mr. and Mrs. Palafox, Mr. and Mrs. Hellstroem, Ms. Yuri Saito, Ms. Nancy Matsunaga, New Nanay's, Pinoy Tribune, Metro Bank, Metro Remit, Koto ko Da barkads, Loyds, and many others.
Do you want to experience the Filipino tradition of simbang gabi? Come to Meguro church and join the mass and the light snacks after.
Place: Meguro Catholic Church
Nearest Station: Meguro Station MAP
Date and Time: Dec. 15-24, 2013 19:00-20:00, snacks follow (except on the 21st)
*Collection from the mass will be used for Yolanda Relief Operations.