Internet is a wondrous invention: with a few keystrokes I came across many interesting descriptions of Christmas celebrations in Japan; below is one that really grabbed my attention - it comes from TanuTech webpage - a translation, software localization and publishing company, located in Kawachinagano City, Osaka, Japan. When you click a link to this webpage, please note that besides this article the website has an interesting index of Japan related information from Japanese holidays, through Japanese recipes, information on Japanese castles, use and misuse of Japanese language, and more - all written by Billy Hammond, who has lived in Japan for more that two decades.
Christmas in Japan
By: Billy Hammond
Christmas in Japan is quite different from the Chrismas celebrated in most countries in which the population has a large percentage of Christians or a Christian heritage. Only 1/2 of 1% of the Japanese population is estimated to be Christian, with the majority of Japanese being tolerant of all faiths: Buddhism, Christianity, Shinto, etc. In spite of this, the Japanese are great lovers of festivals and celebrations, including Christmas.
Christmas Eve has been hyped by the T.V. media as being a time for romantic miracles. It is seen as a time to be spent with one's boyfriend or girlfriend in a romantic setting, so fancy restaurants and hotels are often booked solid at this time. It is often also a time when girls get to reveal their affections to boys and vice versa. Because of this, extending a girl an invitation to be together on Christmas Eve has very deep, romantic implications.
The rest of the article here...
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Wonder how do you say 'Merry Christmas' in Japanese? This About.com Japanese Language has detailed instructions, including pronunciation - if you stay on that page too long, like I did, you will also find out how to sing the Rudolf Song in Japanese or get to the Japanese song/animation about Santa Claus (included below) - that webpage is full of holiday fun, so enjoy... :)