A Christmas tree purchased from furniture retail company Nitori has become the perfect substitute for some gaijin’s family back home in gaikoku.

“Although I don’t have my family with me during this festive season in Japan, I now have a Christmas tree I bought for 828 yen, plus tax,” says 28-year-old Steve Jacobs.

The Christmas tree matches the other furniture in Jacobs’ apartment, all bought from Nitori.

“And it actually has some redeeming features, I can use it next year as well cos it’s plastic.”

Jacobs was not asked if he had a point card.