Christmas in Japan


The Christian missionaries introduced Christmas in Japan. For many years the only people who celebrated it was those who had turned to the Christian faith. On New years Eve, the house is cleaned thoroughly from top to bottom and decorated for the special day. The father then marches through the house, followed by the rest of the family driving the evil spirits out. The father throws dried beans into every corner bidding evil spirits. The family then goes to Shinto Shrine to get Gods attention and seeks god fortunes.


Gratin of Cauliflower with Gruyere

· 1 head cauliflower (trimmed and cut into florets about 2 pounds)

· Cooking spray

· 1/2 tsp. kosher salt (divided)

· 2 tsps. butter

· 1/3 cup Japanese breadcrumbs (panko)

· 1/2 cup gruyere cheese (shredded, divided)

· 2 Tbsps. chopped fresh chives (finely)

· 1/2 cup finely chopped onion

· 1 garlic clove (minced)

· 3 tbsps. all-purpose flour

· 2 cups reduced fat 2% milk

· 3 tbsps. flat leaf parsley (chopped fresh)

1/4 tsp. black pepper (freshly ground)

Weather Conditions

    1. In Japan, temperatures are below 60 degrees everyday in the winter.

    2. Mostly sunny, but no heat

    3. Sometimes, breezy with rain

    4. Rarely cloudy in the country of Japan

    5. The latest snow record today was 90 cm in Niseko On December 16th

Gift Giving

In Oseibo and Ochugen twice a year, in December and June, it is common for co-workers, friends, and relatives to exchange gifts. The gifts are worth more than 5000 yen; which may be food, alcohol, household items, or something similar to it. Gifts are given with both hands. There are a few rules about about what not to give; a certain number of gifts are believed to cause bad luck.

Interesting Facts

- The children go to school on Christmas because it isn't a national holiday

-The crane is a symbol of peace or long life.

-Christmas is not widely celebrated in Japan.

- Fried chicken is often eaten on Christmas

-Parties are often held for children

Gratin of Cauliflower with Gruyere

Religious Activities

-Parties are held for children

-In Japan they make sponge cake

-Japan engage in missionary, and other religious activities such as: monk, bishop, clergy, and priest.


I wish it could be Christmas Everyday By: Saeko Suzuki


Makka na ohana no tonakai-san wa真っ赤なお鼻のトナカイさんは

Itsumo minna no waraimonoいつもみんなの笑いもの

Demo sono toshi no kurisumasu no hiでもその年のクリスマスの日

Santa no ojisan wa iimashitaサンタのおじさんは言いました

Kurai yomichi wa pika pika no暗い夜道はぴかぴかの

Omae no hana ga yaku ni tatsu no saおまえの鼻が役に立つのさ

Itsumo naiteta tonakai-san waいつも泣いてたトナカイさんは

Koyoi koso wa to yorokobimashita今宵こそはと喜びました

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Cooper, James. "Christmas In Japan." 2013. Print.

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