These elaborate, colorful, and heart-warming cards show a person's appreciation and affection for being helped in the previous year and help maintain good relationships in the year to come; they’re like Japan’s Christmas cards.
A popular illumination spot in the Kanto Area is the amusement park Pleasure Forest in Sagamihara. They illuminate the whole park every night in the winter months. This year they have a special collaboration with Pokémon and a part of the illumination has been redesigned in a Pokémon fashion.
So, as a result Christmas is, for all intents and purposes, just another regular working day here in Japan. That’s not to say that Japanese people don’t get a winter vacation. In almost all cases, they do. However, typically, the winter and New Year vacation time in Japan ordinarily doesn’t begin until December 27th or 28th and then typically runs until about January 5th.
Nothing quite says “Christmas in Japan” like a cutesy, over the top, almost garish light show, with an accompaniment of suitably romantic musical overtones.
How many fireworks go off in one hour? An AMAZING amount, that's how much!
Market squares that are transformed into beautiful little villages made of wood and fairy lights, the scent of cinnamon and oranges lingering in the air as you wander around the aisles.