• Short Summary

    Despite the fact that only four per cent of Japan's 108 million people are Christians, the more frivolous aspects of Christmas are celebrated every year.

  • Description

    Despite the fact that only four per cent of Japan's 108 million people are Christians, the more frivolous aspects of Christmas are celebrated every year.

    Few of the people who indulge in massive gift-buying spending sprees realise that Christmas marks the birth of Christ. It is the commercialised version that has been grafted onto the mainly Buddhist and Shintoist Japanese way of religious life.

    The department stores are decked out with tinsel, lights and all the traditional paraphanelia of Christmas. Santa Claus shakes hands with children as in western countries. There is no public holiday on 'Kurisumasu', as Christmas is called in Japan, but many Japanese receive tax-free bonuses at the end of each year that equal the equivalent of up to ten months salary.

    It is also the tradition in Japan to give gifts at the end of the year, so shopkeepers have capitalised on this gift-giving, called 'O-Seibo', by exploiting Christmas.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF0T7641JD3OSEK38M05T0KU88
    Media URN:
    VLVAF0T7641JD3OSEK38M05T0KU88
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/12/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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