As winter settles in, some families in Japan are preparing for the festive season. For many in Japan, Christmas is about romantic dinners, frosted pastries and fried chicken. But there are many families who also enjoy Western traditions such as decorating the tree, carols and gift giving. Even though it’s not a holiday in Japan, for those here, Tokyo offers lots of ways to get in the Christmas spirit.

Christmas markets are festive and family-friendly. Sure, they may be fueled by beer and mulled wine for moms and dads, but they are still fun for kids and full of holiday cheer. You’ll find toys and ornaments for sale, with lights and music to keep everyone merry.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.