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Merry Christmas

Christmas in Japan is at once familiar and different. This land of Buddhism and Shinto, a largely secular society, has relatively few Christians, though Tokyo does have a smattering of churches that do hold Christmas services. However, the society in general does not follow the Christmas traditions of Christianity.

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The streets, office towers, shopping malls and department stores of central Tokyo present a familiar picture during November and December: Christmas trees, Christmas lights and the sounds of Christmas Carols create a beautiful Christmas vibe. In the city’s restaurants and bars the end of year bonenkai parties are equally merry. At home, Christmas trees decorate many living rooms and Santa brings gifts for young children.

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