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Christmas in Kyoto, Japan

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Kyoto

How long have you lived there?

1.5 years

If locals celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah where you are living now, how is it celebrated differently?

Christmas is somewhat celebrated as part of the fascination with all things Western. People eat "Christmas cakes" (usually white cakes with white icing and strawberries) and fried chicken. It's considered a very romantic time and is a huge date night, similar to Valentine's Day in North America.

Do you mix your own traditions with those of your expat location? If so, describe.

Yes. I've gone out for a fancy dinner on Christmas in order to celebrate the holiday and have sung Christmas carols for my Japanese friends.

What is your favorite thing about celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah in your overseas location?

There is way less stress! Fewer gifts to buy, fewer people to visit, and more opportunities to enjoy quality time with those around me.

Beside family and friends, what do you miss from home during the holidays?

Live Christmas trees and walking or driving around to see everyone's Christmas lights.

How is New Year's typically celebrated in your expat location?

It is an important family holiday with lots of traditional food eaten, greeting cards exchanged, and visits to the local temple or shrine.

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