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Christmas Traditions - Japan

Today's Christmas Traditions come from Japan. Christmas is the time for friends and couples to have parties, make plans to meet up for dinner and celebrate as much as they can. And New Year is the time of the year when all members of the family come together, visit the temple, and usher-in January 1st, with food and drinks.

One fun fact about the holiday season in Japan is that Christmas Eve (december 24) is the most romantic day of the year. It’s the Japanese version of Valentine’s Day. As a matter of fact, if you don’t have a date on Christmas Eve, you won’t want to be seen alone in public. Japanese couples, especially the youngest, book dinners at romantic restaurants, the stores sell romantic Christmas gifts, and the streets are decorated to perfection to embody this most romantic day. Oh and if you did the quiz, you will know that Japanese people celebrate Christmas Day by having a KFC ( seriously! - you can read about that here)

Key Vocabulary (you can pop here to Google Translate and they can say them for you) : 

メリークリスマス Merīkurisumasu - Merry Christmas

サンタクロース  SantakurōsuFather Christmas 

ケンタッキーフライドチキン   KentakkīfuraidochikinChristmas Lunch

贈り物  OkurimonoPresent

人参  NinjinCarrots

スプラウト  SupurautoSprouts

クリスマスの靴下   Kurisumasu no kutsushitaStocking

雪   YukiSnow 

Silent       The First Christmas       Back Number



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