Christmas in Japan…

Written by Lorna Shapiro

Apparently, only 1% of the Japanese population is Christian. However, the Japanese cultural approach to religion seems to happily absorb whatever celebrations are going around, having a very eclectic mindset on this. So when I was in Japan in November, the largest Christmas tree I’ve ever seen was up in Kyoto Station.

At the Arashiyama (where there is a famous bamboo forest) train station, they had beautiful lights set up that you have to see to believe. Here are a couple of photos:

That’s kimono silk inside those clear plastic tubes! Perhaps you can try that for your Christmas lights next year.