I was at a stationery store near my house…and I found a religious Christmas card.  Highly unusual in a typical Japanese store.


You can see it there on the top right.


I thought it was really cute.  I bought it for my parents.  It was really expensive…about five U.S. dollars.


Christmas cards are usually quite expensive in Japan.  (Actually, greeting cards of any sort.)  They don’t usually sell them in packs of ten like in the U.S.  You buy them individually.   But to tell the truth…the thing here is New Year’s cards (not Christmas cards.)  New Year’s cards are what people send to everybody they know, with updates on their families.  (And thus can be bought in bulk.)  Whereas a Christmas card is more for a special friend…that sort of thing.