Despite appearances, never let it be said that Japan’s commercially influenced take on Christmas gets in the way of the holiday’s true message.
Consider these words by 19-year-old student Masanori for example.
“Christmas is a day to enrich your relationship with your loved ones, I think. And the real meaning? It’s Christ’s birthday, isn’t it?”
Although that said, 28-year-old Junji Mizumura has a few reservations concerning the festive period. Particularly the timing of the big day itself.
“I’ve never thought of what Christmas really means. I don’t think the day has any special significance for me … Anyway, I don’t get why we need to celebrate the day on the anniversary of Christ’s death.”