It’s beginning to feel nothing like Christmas

Welcome to late December in Japan, where it doesn’t snow for more than 5 minutes and there is a 40 foot strip of Christmas lights on campus. That’s about it. You can go to bars and see Christmas trees tucked into the corner, and you can hear obnoxious MIDI renditions Christmas music playing at the supermarket, but nothing more.

Christmas in Japan is a commercial holiday. It’s a lot like Valentine’s day actually – it’s a couples holiday. When it hit December, suddenly all the Japanese people who would normally show no affection for one another are holding hands. Apparently a joke in Japan is that the song “Jingle Bells” is actually “Single Bells”. Let me say, it’s quite strange to have a snow-less and couple-filled Christmas. There are Christmas things all over and yet, at the same time, they’re not Christmas-y at all.

After all, it’s not Christmas if you can’t see A Christmas Story on TV!

On Christmas Eve all of the exchange students are going to a party that includes going to an izakaya followed by karaoke. This is definitely one of the strangest Christmases I’ve ever had. A lot of people are opting out of the karaoke because it doesn’t feel right. But the way I figure it is what else am I going to do? While in Rome is the phrase. So while in Japan, sing karaoke?

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~ by megumiwasframed on December 22, 2010.

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