While the Western world may have been the innovators of Christmas the Japanese have adopted it wholeheartedly.
While the Western world may have been the innovators of Christmas the Japanese have adopted it wholeheartedly. In London the Tamura family are celebrating it in the age-old way with a Christmas tree, cards, presents for the children and the traditional meals of turkey and plum pudding interspersed with Japanese dishes.
Mr. Rishichi Tamura is Communications Manager in London for Japan Air Lines. He lives with his wife Keiko and their seven-year old daughter Reiko and their son Satoshi, aged five, in a pleasant London suburb, near Richmond Park.
They have been in London for two years and like most of their 8,000 countrymen in Britain they are enjoying Christmas as an additional festival.
St. Francis Xavier took Christianity to Japan more than 400 years ago but less than one per cent of the population embrace the Christian faith today. Mr. Tamura favours Buddhism but is happy to take part in Christmas, which he says is a great time for the children.
Later the interviewer presented a small Christmas gift to Mrs. Tamura.