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Christmas in Japan

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Emma Keysor

on 16 December 2014

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Only 1% of the Japanese population are Christians. Most people belong to the Buddhist and Shinto religion.

The most common and traditional Christmas food in Japan is the Christmas cake- sponge cake. Japanese are shocked when they realize it's not an American tradition as well.

Husbands are expected to buy this Christmas cake on their way home from work.

Some other common Christmas foods in Japan are sushi, roast chicken, and turkey.

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is a popular food during Christmas.

A Japanese Christmas centers more around the family and Japanese traditions.

An American Christmas is very religious, and Christmas is used for marketing in America.

Despite the differences, both countries enjoy the time spent with family and friends during the holidays.
Japanese and American Christmas's
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Hoteiosho is a Buddhist monk who is seen as the equivalent to Santa Claus.
Rather than going down the chimney, Hoteiosho comes through the window of the child's bedroom and leaves only one present under their pillow.
The Daiku (Great Nine), which is referring to Beethoven's ninth symphony, is commonly played during Christmas time.

Artificial trees are used in Japan, if any trees are used at all.

The 'origami swan' is the most common Japanese Christmas ornament.
Christmas In Japan
By: Bailey Mitchell and Emma Keysor
Japanese Christians reenact the Nativity Scene at church, and they have Nativity Scene decorations placed in their home.
Japanese Nativity Scene
Religion is not a major part of Japanese life, but certain festivals and occasions practice these religions.
1. Spread some butter inside of an 8-inch round cake pan.
2. Put eggs and sugar in a bowl and whisk very well over hot water.
3. Add flour and baking powder.
4. Add melted butter in the bowl and mix.
5. Preheat the oven to 350F.
6. Pour the batter in the pan and bake in the preheated oven for 25-35 min.
7. Remove the cake from the pan and cool it on a rack.
8. Mix heavy cream and sugar in a bowl.
9.Take the half of the whipped cream and mix the sliced strawberries.
10. Spread the whipped cream on the cake, and decorate it with strawberries.
Christmas Cake
Origami Swan Ornament
Family is the basic unit of society, and respect for your elders is very important.
Japan is a very traditional country that still carries the same older traditions mixed with modern Western culture.
The Christmas season is based more on family. It is not religiously based like an American Christmas.
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