Christmas in Japan

In 1551, Francisco Xavier made Christianity’s missions in Yamaguchi; it is lead for Japanese Christmas. Missionary Cosme de Torres, a Spanish Jesuit of sixteenth century, was one of the Jesuits who started the Christian missions in Japan was born in Valencia and died in Amakusa, island of Kumamoto, Japan. He invited some Japanese believers to priest’s house in Yamaguchi on December 24, 1552 and Missionaries sang hymns.  At the point, some Japanese believers saw what they celebrate Christmas at the first time. It is the beginning of Japanese Christmas. But, after that, due to Shogunate suppressed thoroughly in the Edo period, Christmas wasn’t accepted by the beginning of Meiji.

In 1890, Meijiya is one of the Japanese famous store opened in Ginza, it connect the Christmas sales battle.

In 1925, Christmas stamps were sold in Japan at the first time. The beginning of Showa, some coffee shops and café which lead to Asakusa from Ginza prepared a menu of Christmas food and these clerks with Christmas clothes welcomed customers. Miyako paper on December 12, 1931 reported this show; Santa Claus was bound up in visiting about 7400 café and 2500 coffee shops. Christmas is one of the Japanese annual at that time for people. At the present day, 64% of newly married couple sweared eternal love in front of crosses. Commerce facilities decorates illumination from the beginning of November, has a Christmas sale. Christmas songs are being played there and Christmas cakes were sold at cake shops. In United Kingdom, it has Boxing Day which people give managers and delivers some presents on December 26, so British Christmas time is by January 6. However, many stores is showing New Year’s goods like Kadomatsu after December 25 and BGM will change to New Year’s song. In recent years, illuminations are decorated as it is by midnight of December 31 because Countdown Event is brisk.



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