Employee for Japan's Takashimaya department store, Masumi Ishizuka, displays a 200.7 million yen (1.8 million USD) Christmas tree and teddy bear to celebrate the upcoming Christmas holiday at Takashimaya's main store in Tokyo
For those who don't mind splurging a bit this holiday season, a Japanese department store is offering a Christmas tree with 400 diamonds for a cool 1.8 million dollars.
Takashimaya department store chain is selling the tree -- actually a small tower of preserved roses with a teddy bear -- for a symbolic 200.7 million yen from Wednesday to kick off its year-end sales campaign.
The tree, which stands 40 centimeters (16 inches) high, features about 100 carats of diamonds from southern Africa and Australia, the department store said.
The smaller diamond pieces "sparkle charmingly like morning dew on petals, while two-carat and three-carat pieces mesmerise admirers with their noble glow," the store said in a statement.
The tree is based on a design by Parisian flower boutique Claude Quinquaud.
In recent years, many Asian people are embracing the western festival as a great excuse for shopping, partying and even romance, though few of them are Christians.
In Japan, Christmas Eve has taken on a meaning similar to Valentine's Day, being the time for romance among young couples.