Mari Kurisumasu

Santa-san

“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store. “

-Dr. Seuss

Christmas to Japanese used to mean KFC and Dominos Pizza. All of the ceramic statues of Colonol Sanders would be dressed up as “Santa-san” and people would line up to order some “traditional” American holiday cuisine. Likewise, all Domino’s delivery drivers would put on some Santa garb and greet everyone at the door with a “marri kurisumasu”.

A lot has changed over the past decade. The biggest difference is that most people no longer eat fast food, but instead meet for a nice meal, spend time with friends, and take a break from work.

It’s been awhile since I’ve been home for Christmas, but it’s wonderful to be in Japan. It’s become a bit of a tradition to come to my little mountain town of Minakami and have a big turkey dinner with my snowbum friends from around the world.

For some interesting look into the history of Christmas traditions check out this documentary (the truth might shock you)

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Gentleman gypsy plundering ideas to create a rich, meaningful, and aesthetic life. Accountant by trade. Pirate by profession

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Gentleman gypsy plundering ideas to create a rich, meaningful, and aesthetic life. Accountant by trade. Pirate by profession

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