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Cultural Holidays
  1. Calendars in Japan
  2. Fortune Calendar (Rokuyō)
  3. Events of the New Year's Period: Matsunouchi and Koshōgatsu
  4. Bean Throwing Day or Setsubun (February 3)
  5. Valentine’s Day (February 14)
  6. Doll Festival (March 3)
  7. White Day (March 14)
  8. Cherry Blossom Viewing Season or Hanami (late March to early April)
  9. Boys' Day, Children's Day, or Tango no Sekku (May 5)
  10. Mother’s Day (second Sunday in May)
  11. Father’s Day (third Sunday in June)
  12. Star Festival or Tanabata (July 7)
  13. Summer Greetings or Shochū Mimai (late July to early August)
  14. Summer Gift-Giving Season or Ochūgen
  15. Obon
  16. Seven-Five-Three or Shichigosan (November 15)
  17. Christmas Day (December 25)
  18. Winter Gift Giving Season or Oseibo
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Neon signs and brightly lit Christmas trees illuminate a Tokyo street
Christmas lights along the street in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
Photo Courtesy Takashi Abe.
Christmas Day (December 25)
Although the Christian population of Japan is smaller than that of the nations of Europe or America, Christmas is still a big event in Japan. Department stores have Christmas sales in addition to the year-end sales, and retailers display decorations featuring Christmas trees or Santa Claus. On Christmas Eve, many people go home with Christmas cakes in boxes. In Japan, the religious significance of Christmas is not prevalent. Rather, this is a day for people to exchange presents and celebrate with a Christmas cake or a dinner at restaurant, regardless of their religion. While Europeans and Americans tend to celebrate Christmas with members of their extended families, Japanese usually spend Christmas celebrating with their immediate families, or going on a special date with a romantic partner.
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