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How do Japanese Celebrate Christmas

Christmas in Japan is relatively different from the Christmas celebrated in most countries. Only 1/2 of 1% of the Japanese population is estimated to be Christian, In spite of this, the Japanese are big fans of festivals and celebrations, including Christmas. Japan is a Buddhist country and Christmas has no religious meaning to them. The Japanese, who love anything sparkly with lights, could not resist importing Christmas and import only the fun parts of the occasion.



Almost everyone has a small plastic Christmas tree in their house decorated with bells, stars, wind chimes, etc. The stores all have Christmas trees and Christmas decorations. Santa certainly comes to home for kids through their bedroom window and left the present below the child’s pillow. The presents tend to be ‘cute’ presents and often include Teddy Bears, flowers, scarves, rings and other jewelry. Christmas cards are also given to close friends. Presents are also given during this season as well to people who have done you a favor during the year, may be to companies, to bosses, to teachers, and family friends. These presents are known as ‘Oseibo’.
Christmas in Japan has also developed into a romantic holiday like Valentine’s Day in December. It is seen as a time to be spent with one’s boyfriend or girlfriend in romantic ambiences, so fancy restaurants and hotels are often booked solid at this time. So on Christmas Eve, couples go to restaurants for dinner and may exchange presents & gifts. Christmas Day is not a holiday for people working in Japan. December 25th is not a national holiday in Japan, although December 23rd, which is the birth date of the present emperor, is.  Christmas day is the biggest day of the year for KFC in Japan. Many Japanese even make reservations for their “Christmas Chicken” ahead of time. People line up at their outlets to pick up their orders.  Christmas cakes are also popular. Cakes are round, two-layered with chocolate or white icing and Santa’s gracing the top. In short, Christmas in Japan is more like New Year’s is to us—just a fun holiday.
The Christmas season comes during the month of the year-end parties. Company groups, hobby groups, sports groups, etc. often book a section of a restaurant to have drinking parties, known as ‘bonenkai’. This phenomena leads to streets, subways, and trains full of people in varied states of intoxication during this season. Every year more than 400 million people celebrate Xmas around the world — that makes Xmas one of the world’s biggest religious and commercial festivities. In approximately year 300 A.D., Christmas began at the beginning of the 20th century and is sure to keep on going.

ORIX Real Estate Corporation

ORIX Real Estate Corporation, one of Japan’s real estate companies,
renewed its corporate website. With the vision of expanding their businesses overseas,
in addition to Japanese, they now offer information in English and Chinese (Simplified/Traditional).

This website not only offers information on housing, offices, training facilities,
logistic facilities, golf courses, nursing homes, commercial facilities, hotels, inns and aquariums,
but also gives an easy to understand overview of ORIX Real Estate Corporation,
for instance by providing videos of each businesses.

Corporate website of ORIX Real Estate Corporation
Japanese: http://www.orix-realestate.co.jp/
English: http://www.orix-realestate.com/en/
Chinese (Simplified): http://www.orix-realestate.com/cn/
Chinese (Traditional): http://www.orix-realestate.com/cht/