My 6 Favorite Christmas Traditions In Japan

I think Japan was like ‘Nice Holiday you have there, Europe. Think we’ll adopt our favorite parts and call them our own’.  Or that’s how I imagined it.

Here is my list of 8 things I enjoy about Christmas in Japan:

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1.)  Christmas Cake

When I first arrived, the Japanese asked about my family’s “Christmas Cake” and I stared at them blankly.  They insisted it was a Western Tradition. I begged to differ.

However, most are still very convinced people in the West eat Christmas Cake during Christmas.  I’m still waiting for egg nog to invade Japan.

I love any tradition that gives an excuse to buy cake.  After all, since I live in Japan I should blend with the natives, right?  Right!  Let’s buy some cake! Continue reading

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