Farm Tomita Furano Lavender Fields. Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples. Shiretoko Peninsula. Aomori Asamushi Aquarium. Ishinomori Manga Museum. Ken Domon Museum of Photography. The Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki. Taiyuinbyo Iemitsu Mausoleum. Shrines and Temples of Nikko.
Latests from Japan
Matsuura Aya, “Merry X’mas for You”
Well, Santa also comes to Japan kind of. Small kids receive small amounts of money in cute envelopes. The most surprising part of experiencing Christmas in Japan is probably the fact that all the decorations—Christmas trees in malls, Christmas decoration corners in supermarkets, special lighting setups in public places, etc. This little culture shock aside, Christmas in Japan is quite beautiful. Download: This blog post is available as a convenient and portable PDF that you can take anywhere.
“きよしこの夜” (きよし この よる – Silent Night)
Wow or is it torture? Some have made the argument that because Christmas is an imported tradition with no religious connotations in Japan, the holiday is purely a consumer-driven tradition. Foreigners seem to love the fact that Japanese people associate Kentucky Fried Chicken with Christmas. It sounds like it could easily have been arranged by a band like Savage Garden or Blessed Union of Souls if they were into making Christmas albums. Finally, your guests are arriving, meandering around not knowing where to sit and introducing themselves to each other. A soothing and smooth pop Christmas song from As dinner is being served, when the conversation is scant and people are listening to the background music and politely asking each other to pass things.
Christmas is coming soon, so what are the songs in your Christmas playlist? Are they the same as last year and the years before? Why not try listening to Japanese Christmas songs for a change? These Japanese classics have a different sound, and the Japanese language itself brings a new element. It was also used in her Pepsi Nex commercial. The lyrics talk about a person who on Christmas Eve, could not wait for Christmas Day. The lyrics ponder on why people chase for tomorrow instead of appreciating today. It must be doing well which enables it to be re-released so many times, so do check it out, wherever it is you are usually getting your music from.