While the Western world may have been the innovators of Christmas the Japanese have adopted it wholeheartedly.
SV exterior Mr. Tempura and family walk past Christmas tree in street
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TRANSCRIPTS: SEQ. 15: INTERVIEWER: "As a Japanese living in London, why do you celebrate Christmas?"
MR. TAMURA: In London we have less chance to celebrate New Year, but in Japan we have celebrate the Christmas season especially after the war."
INTERVIEWER: "Since the war it has been becoming popular?"
MR. TAMURA: "More and more popular".
INTERVIEWER: "But the big festival in New Year".
MR. TAMURA: "Yes, New Year."
INTERVIEWER: " Of course, you yourself are not Christian. What is your religion?"
MR. TAMURA: " Very sorry, but we are Buddhists."
INTERVIEWER: " Buddhists, I see. And I suppose the children enjoy it, do they? Do they get lots of presents?"
MR. TAMURA: " Yes, they have a lot of presents in Christmas season and New Year also. So the season is, for children, the best season in the year, I think."
SEQ. 16: INTERVIEWER: "Happy Christmas!"
MRS. TAMURA: " Arrigato, Christmas Omedetoo!" (Thank you, Happy Christmas)."
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Background: 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.