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Christmas the Japanese Way
Christmas is celebrated in many different countries and cultures around the world. Here are seven interesting ways of celebrating in Japan.
- For starters, Merry Christmas in Japanese is Merīkurisumasu メリークリスマス
- Christmas Eve is a day of romance! Couples spend time together exchanging presents, taking romantic strolls to view the festive lights and going for a meal for two - it's very much like Valentine's Day!
- On Christmas Day, fried chicken is the dish of choice, with many people ordering in advance from local restaurants. This was first commercially made popular by a well-known fast food chicken restaurant in 1974.
- Although not a national holiday in Japan, schools are often closed on Christmas Day as it falls between the former Emperor's birthday (23rd December), which is a national holiday and the New Year break.
- Christmas cakes are traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve, the cake is made of sponge and decorated with strawberries, flowers, and a figure of Santa.
- In Japan, Santa is known as Santa-san (Mr Santa). サンタさん、サンタクロース
- Japanese New Year's Eve is called Omisoka and the New Year (called 'o shogatsu') which is celebrated over three days from 1st – 3rd January.
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