It’s J-Festa time again, and this month’s theme is Christmas in Japan. Christmas in Japan is a curious thing. December 25th is not a holiday in Japan, and most of the action takes place on December 24th, which is a big date night. By the end of December 25th, most traces of Christmas have completely gone and made way for New Year, which is the big family holiday in Japan.
Even though, in a sense, Christmas is not really celebrated in Japan, the shops certainly make the most of the commercial aspect. In fact, I actually found myself missing Loft and Tokyu Hands’s wonderful displays of Christmas goods this year, even though I’m now in England where Christmas is abundant. Christmas in England is a bit tacky, to be honest. Christmas in Japan has its fair share of tat too, but there are some really, really cool Christmas cards in Japan, and so that’s what I’m going to write about today.
Christmas cards in Japan generally don’t touch on the religious aspect of Christmas at all, preferring instead to go for cute images of Santa, snowmen and reindeer.
My favourite range of cards are these gorgeous ones which depict actual places in Japan covered with lots of busy little red Santas.
Here’s Tokyo Tower:
And Mount Fuji:
Japan also seems to be in favour of pop-up and 3D Christmas cards, which are so intricately made…
My favourite ever pop-up Christmas card is this kaitenzushi one:
The sushi actually moves round as you fold the card!! 😀
Postcards are also quite popular in Japan, instead of the usual folded cards that we have here in England:
The cards above contain some, er, interesting English! It’s not that the English is actually wrong, but that the phrases are a little strange. I do like “Were there as many Santa Clauses as gifts, the world would be full of love” though.
While I was in Japan I really missed Christmas back home, so I didn’t expect to be missing Christmas in Japan this year, but I am. That’s why I was especially excited to receive a Christmas card all the way from my friend in Japan – and it’s a very cute pop-up one, too!
There are lots of lovely little Japanese phrases on the card which I can study, so it’s more than just a Christmas card for me!
Merry Christmas everyone! (*^_^)v メリークリスマス！
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