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Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Tokyo: What does Christmas mean to you?


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George Ianus
Rocket science Ph.D., 29 (Romania)
For me it is a case of family — and snow. It's a time to remember your home and family. Now, we are all in different parts of the world but, in my mind's eye, I can see myself drinking hot red wine and eating the food my mother has made, looking at the tree with all the presents underneath.

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Shigenori Kamiya
Company sales, 25 (Japanese)
I see Christmas as a time I can eat well, particularly enjoying chicken and cake on the 24th or 25th. It is also the perfect time to head to a club with friends, do some more drinking and just have fun as we approach the end of the year.

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Yukiyo Hayashi
Student, 20 (Japanese)
For me, the image of Christmas has no meaning — not religious, not romantic. I never do anything special, and am not interested in all the activity surrounding Christmas you see here in Japan, but I do eat cake sometimes with friends.

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Andres Garnak
Model, 25 (Peruvian)
A Japanese Christmas is just another day, nothing like back home. The last two years I have spent in Japan it has just been a normal day of study or work, whereas I think it should be more about having loved ones all together and sharing this special day. Merry Christmas!

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Nana Inoue
Student, 20 (Japanese)
During my childhood, Christmas was a time for eating cake and exchanging presents. Now that I've grown up, it's more of an occasion to spend time with friends and look at the illuminations. It's also a time for couples to be together — but that all takes place before the 25th, on the 24th.

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Kazuki Hashimoto
Schoolboy, 9 (Japanese)
I'm very excited about Santa coming on Christmas Day, of course, as everyone likes getting presents, but this year has been bad and the economy is in a bad way, which makes me think he might not be bringing as many gifts as he usually does.

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