Over the summer I bought Thank You cards at the store.  My dad said, “Why did you buy those thank you cards? You can write your own. When I was a kid we used our best handwriting and wrote long letters.”
“Did you use nice paper?” I asked.
“We used regular paper,” he said.  “We had nothing. We bought nothing except gas and oil and some spices and yeast and sugar….Now you spend a dollar on a card that is already made.”
“Um….these cards cost more than a dollar!” I said.

Okay, well.  I bought our Christmas cards rather than making them at home using my best handwriting.  Sorry, Dad!


I bought them at our church’s annual bazaar.  They are religious cards.  Japanese stores don’t sell religious Christmas cards. (Except maybe a few stores in Tokyo or Osaka…and even then, not common.)


These cards are typical of what you’ll find for sale in a Japanese store.  This is in a department store.  A little on the tacky side for my taste.


Ever since I moved to Japan twenty years ago, Christmas has been quite a big deal in Japan, although in a secular way.



These are quite pretty.  They are from a stationery store, which tend to have quite nice things.


Halloween is getting strong, Thanksgiving (being an American holiday, of course) is nonexistent and Easter is almost nonexistent.  Fourth of July (naturally) is also nonexistent.  I mean, honestly, I don’t expect Thanksgiving and Fourth of July to be celebrated in Japan–that would be weird.