I watched Jamie Oliver’s programme last night and realised that there was only a week to go – yes I am talking about Christmas! Did you know that Christmas Day in Japan was not public holiday? We all work on the 25th of December as usual. Shops are open, banks are open and schools are open (of course there is no class as it is during winter holiday, but normally the staff is at school to work as usual). So I was very surprised to find even Pak’n Save was closed on Christmas Day when I came to NZ some years ago.
This does not mean we do not do anything for Christmas in Japan. As you might guess this is a great opportunity for business people to get going. Department stores, supermarkets, and any retailers are full of Christmas products now. Kids always look forward to get Christmas presents as well.
Traditionally New Year’s Day is far more important for Japanese rather than Christmas.