For our last podcast of 2013, I thought it’d be fun to do something light-hearted; so let’s talk about traditions surrounding Christmas and New Years in Japan. We’ll cover how these holidays came to be celebrated in Japan and talk a bit about the forms they take today.

Listen to the episode here.

Sources

On the history aspects:

Sansom, George. A History of Japan, Vol II and III.

Jansen, Marius. The Making of Modern Japan

The modern information is all personal knowledge or googleable information.

Images (Courtesy of the Wikimedia Foundation)

Christmas lights in central Tokyo. The spire in the background is Tokyo Tower.

Christmas lights in central Tokyo. The spire in the background is Tokyo Tower.

A Christmas float in Kobe, Japan.

A Christmas float in Kobe, Japan.

Because you thought I was kidding about the Christmas chicken thing.

Because you thought I was kidding about the Christmas chicken thing.

800px-Meiji_Shrine_Sando_and_Torii_New_Year_Worship

An assortment of Osechi Ryori.

An assortment of Osechi Ryori.

A Kadomatsu, home for visiting toshigami.

A Kadomatsu, home for visiting toshigami.

Nengajo, or New Years Cards.

Nengajo, or New Years Cards.