In just over one week it will be Christmas here in the United States. Time for the family to get together and celebrate; a time to exchange gifts; and for some, a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas in Japan is celebrated completely different than it is here in the US. For starters, in Japan Christmas is not considered a religious holiday.
All over the world Christmas is seen as a Christian holiday. Out of the millions of people in Japan, only one percent or less is Christian. December twenty Fifth, Christmas Day, is not a national holiday in Japan. On Christmas day in Japan the stores are open, people go to work, and life carries on as normal. You see, Christmas day is just another day in Japan.
For a true holiday of the Christmas season you need to pay attention to Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve night is a time for parties and for young lovers. Couples on Christmas Eve go out for romantic diners and walks. On Christmas Eve friends get together and exchange gifts as well. What I think sets the Christmas season in Japan apart from other nations; is that in Japan they see the Christmas holiday as a time to give to others.
I know your all thinking that’s what Christmas is for, to give to others. For some however, it is all about what they get. In Japan given the customs they already have, the Japanese people take making others happy. I have placed a couple links below if you are interested in knowing more about Christmas in Japan.