I haven’t been home around this time of the year for the past few years, but if my memory serves me right, many stores have already put up holiday decorations, encouraging you to start thinking about buying gifts and decorations. Well, Christmas is here in Japan as well — encroaching earlier and earlier every year. Tokyu Hands has a huge display of Christmas stuff as does Daiso, everybody’s favorite 100 yen shop, and convenience stores, which are starting to sell winter candy (white chocolate, tiramisu flavors…). It almost reminds me of home… except for the fact that Christmas is a commercial holiday here. Couples and children celebrate it, but I doubt many of them can tell you the meaning of Christmas.
I realize that most people would probably argue that Christmas is commercial in the U.S. as well, but as a Christmas-connoisseur, I have to say that it’s not the same.