Tag - christmas



Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Dec 9, 2014
Christmas in Tokyo is pretty sweet
Just before the Halloween decorations were taken down and packed up, the signs advertising Christmas cakes went up. Bakeries, department stores and convenience stores all seem to have a corner for small cakes topped with whipped cream and tiny Santa Claus figurines. A traditional Japanese holiday feast...
Dec 8, 2014
Can U.S. prosperity be maintained when the majority are left out?
While the rise and rise of stock markets has exacerbated the yawning gulf between rich and poor Americans this Christmas, workers in New York are being driven farther and farther into the suburbs.
Japan Times
Dec 4, 2014
Butter makers agree to whip up supply to avert Christmas shortage
Four major butter makers agree to boost output at the request of the farm ministry to meet surging demand for the annual Christmas cake rush.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Dec 4, 2014
Designers illuminate us on their winter wonders
When you think of Japanese art forms, many cultural pursuits will come to mind. The grace of ikebana, perhaps, or the beauty of ukiyo-e woodblock prints. At this time of year it becomes clear, though, that holiday lighting displays — referred to simply as "illumination" — are where the country's...
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BUSINESS / Japan Pulse
Dec 4, 2014
#pulsepresents: gift idea grab bag
Gifts ideas for all stripes of Japanophiles.
Japan Times
Dec 1, 2014
What to buy, where to go: 40 steps to maximum merriment this Christmas in Japan
From meeting Pikachu in Fukushima to a laughter ritual in Osaka, here are dozens of ways to make sure you make the most of the festive season.
Japan Times
Dec 1, 2014
Yokohama: How can you make your Christmas in Japan more ... Christmassy?
Many foreigners will spend the Christmas holiday in Japan away from family. So how do they attempt to create the feeling of a Western Christmas like those they knew back home?
Japan Times
WORLD / Society
Nov 29, 2014
Heralding start of holiday season, Christmas tree arrives at White House
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama received the annual Christmas tree delivery at the White House on Friday, heralding the start of the holiday season.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Nov 14, 2014
Stumped for gift ideas? We've got you covered
It's that time of the year again, and The Japan Times contributors and columnists are here to help.
Dec 29, 2013
Secrets of the grotto: Study uncovers joys, trials behind being Saint Nick
It appears that today's Santas are under far more pressure to deliver than other performers, with many recounting experiences that a new study says were 'highly reminiscent of the worst excesses of the rationalized assembly line.'
Japan Times
Dec 21, 2013
Santa Claus: 'It's what's on the inside that counts'
After finishing my route on Christmas Eve once, I was feeling exceptionally genki (energetic) and I rode back to the North Pole au naturel. The reindeer never even knew.
Japan Times
Dec 17, 2013
New Year's single, Christmas concert get Meyer into festive spirit
Jazz pianist and singer Emi Meyer has a lot of fond memories of the holiday season.
Japan Times
Events / Events In Tokyo
Dec 12, 2013
A crafty idea for gift shopping
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Dec 12, 2013
Xmas music for good causes
Tohoku is still in dire need of support to help its recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in 2011. But it must be remembered that recovery is a slow process, and there are many who are also still struggling after the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, which destroyed a large portion of...
Japan Times
Dec 11, 2013
'The Snowman Fantasy World'
This exhibition celebrates the 30th anniversary of the animated version of Raymond Briggs' popular children's book "The Snowman." Originally written in 1978, the picture book was adapted for the screen by Dianne Jackson in 1982, and it has since captivated audiences worldwide.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 9, 2013
Amazon tries 'selling' Cyber Monday
Leave it to the country's online retail giant to create Japan's version of America's latest Christmas shopping spree.
Japan Times
Events / Events In Tokyo
Nov 28, 2013
Roppongi Hills shows that 'tis the season
In Medieval times, farmers and tradesmen in Christian European countries would celebrate Advent — the anticipation of the "arrival of the Christ" — by meeting in the streets around churches with food, gifts, homemade crafts and singing. According to written records, the first gathering like...
Japan Times
Nov 20, 2013
Kobe art museum gets into the spirit of Christmas
Christmas decorations representing 2013 were shown to the public Wednesday at a house museum in the historical Kitano district at the foot of Mount Rokko in Kobe.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Nov 14, 2013
An early Christmas in Osaka
The first record of a decorated Christmas tree came from 16th-century Germany, though some say the custom dates back to the eighth century, when an English monk, St. Boniface, traveled to Germany to help convert people there to Christianity.
Jan 17, 2013
Nick Bornoff on 'Senjo no Meri Kurisumasu (Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence)'
Internationally acclaimed for their formal style and power, Nagisa Oshima's films have always dealt with controversial issues which Japan's Establishment would rather see swept under the carpet. Based upon a famous Laurens van der Post novel (The Seed and the Sower), Oshima's "Senjo no Meri Kurisumasu...


Father's Day is said to have come to Japan around 1950, shortly after the establishment of Mother's Day.
The evolving nature of fatherhood in Japan