Christmas in Japan…

Written by Lorna Shapiro

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

and at Arashiyama (where there is a famous bamboo forest) train station, they had special 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 🙂