Tag - christmas



Kazuhisa Yokoyama, the head of sales at Takashimaya, apologizes during a news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Society
Dec 27, 2023
Takashimaya apologizes over damaged Christmas cakes
The pricey ¥5,400 cakes were meant to be delivered frozen, but many arrived melted, lopsided or crumbled.
A flare falls over Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, on Sunday.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 25, 2023
Palestinians feel 'no joy' as Israel bombs Gaza on Christmas
Festivities were effectively scrapped in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, with few worshippers or tourists on the usually packed streets.
Ukraine passed a law in July to move the celebration of Christmas to Dec. 25 — the day when most of the Christian world marks the birth of Jesus.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 24, 2023
Ukrainians defy Moscow with first Dec. 25 Christmas
The move to celebrate the birth of Jesus on the day most Christians do deviates from the Orthodox Church observance of Jan. 7, seen as Russian heritage.
The Rev. Munther Isaac lights a candle next to an improvised crèche in Bethlehem on Dec. 13. The baby Jesus is lying not in a makeshift cradle of hay and wood, but among the rubble of broken bricks, stones and tiles that represent Gaza’s destruction.
WORLD / Society
Dec 24, 2023
‘God is under the rubble in Gaza’: Bethlehem’s subdued Christmas
The Israel-Hamas war has cast a pall over the birthplace of Jesus.
This chocolate salami dish is a no-bake truffle medley of chocolate ganache mixed with biscuits, nuts and dried fruit.
LIFE / Food & Drink / The Recipe Box
Dec 24, 2023
Recipe: Chocolate salami roll
The chocolate salami dish is a no-bake truffle medley of chocolate ganache mixed with biscuits, nuts and dried fruit.
Shinjuku's Kabukicho is filled with colorful individuals that give the neighborhood its character.
LIFE / Travel / Longform
Dec 22, 2023
Christmastime in Shinjuku Golden Gai
One of Tokyo's most storied watering holes gets a little quiet during the holidays now that it relies quite a bit on tourists.
If you're having a Christmas potluck with your friends, you'll want to make sure your dishes look as good as they taste.
Dec 21, 2023
A few linguistic palate cleansers for your holiday potlucks
With the pandemic-era norms subsiding, it looks like home parties may be back and bigger than ever.
A filling, home-cooked Christmas dinner is within your reach — even among all the fried chicken and cramped kitchens throughout Japan.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Dec 17, 2023
An oven-less Christmas ‘roast’ for your tiny Japanese kitchen
Forget fried chicken. Forget expensive meals out. Here’s how to cook your own filling meal no matter what kitchen appliances you have.
What makes a good gift guide? The answers are as varied as they are complex.
LIFE / Lifestyle
Dec 16, 2023
The naughty and nice of creating holiday gift guides
The most shoppable gift guides, some say, suggest products that are novel but useful, surprising but thoughtful, affordable but not cheap.
What's in a mince pie? Does it really matter if the end result is a delicious Christmas treat?
LIFE / Food & Drink / The Recipe Box
Dec 10, 2023
Recipe: Zesty 'yuzu' mince pies
The combination of fresh and dried fruit creates the recognizable mince pie flavors, but with a refreshing zing from yuzu citrus and a juicier texture.
The average price of whole Christmas cakes in Japan is up 7.8% from a year earlier, reflecting steep rises in prices of ingredients.
Dec 6, 2023
Christmas cake prices jump 7.8% in Japan
According to a survey by Teikoku Databank, prices of Christmas cakes measuring 15 centimeters in diameter average ¥4,468.
Japan Times
Apr 7, 2023
My friendship with Ryuichi Sakamoto
Roger Pulvers writes about his relationship with the late musician, recalling the time he introduced Sakamoto to David Bowie.
Japan Times
Dec 27, 2022
How Christmas has turned into an orgy of consumption
The Christmas holiday rooted in pagan rituals was transformed into a celebration of commerce by writers, artists, retailers and Madison Avenue.
Japan Times
Dec 26, 2022
Charles charts a path as a king for all holiday seasons
Adding a Hanukkah party and Diwali treats to the traditional Christmas address, King Charles III is publicly embracing a more inclusive monarchy in his first months.
Japan Times
Dec 25, 2022
World is starving for peace, Pope Francis says in Christmas message
Pope Francis condemned the use of food as a weapon of war, saying the war in Ukraine has put millions at risk of famine, as well as wars in other countries.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Dec 24, 2022
Is a ¥6,600 parfait worth every bite?
Asako Iwayanagi's premium desserts are as ambitious as they are puzzling.
Japan Times
Dec 24, 2022
Online survey shows chicken remains top Christmas meal in Japan
The survey also found that 86.2% of people plan to spend Christmas at home, with nearly 60% of that number planning to get takeout.
Japan Times
Dec 24, 2022
Roger Dahl on changing Christmas traditions
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / THE RECIPE BOX
Dec 22, 2022
Recipe: Homemade eggnog
Can't find even a sip of eggnog on Japanese store shelves? Pull up your Christmas stockings and make some yourself.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 20, 2022
Christmas in Japan comes with a higher price tag this year
Soaring material costs and a weak yen have led to higher prices for cakes and fried chicken.


People wait for the main act to begin at Summer Sonic, which holds simultaneous music festivals for those in Tokyo and Osaka.
Can Japan's summer music festivals adapt to a post-pandemic reality?