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Christmas Eve in the Tokyo neighborhood Omotesandō

Christmas Eve in the Tokyo neighborhood Omotesandō

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Christmas Eve in the Tokyo neighborhood Omotesandō

Christmas in Japan is different from western countries. The major religions in Japan are Buddhism and Shinto, so Christmas is more commercial event. The main celebration revolves around Christmas eve and not Christmas day.

Omotesando from deloprojet on Vimeo.

On December 24 I was in the neighborhood Fashion Omotesandō, Tokyo, Known As one of the foremost architectural showcase ‘streets in the world, featuring a multitude of fashion flagship stores.



I enjoyed having my camera to film the frenzy of this neighborhood. I filmed the streets with Christmas lights and people in the street. The shops are open Christmas day and all other days up to New Years day, except they close early on the 31st.



December 25th is not a national holiday in Japan, although December 23rd, which is the birthdate of the present emperor.  The Japanese tend to celebrate Christmas, especially in a commercial way. Christmas is considered a very romantic holiday, and lovers are supposed to spend the evening together doing suitably romantic things. It is seen as really crucial for single women in Japan to have someone to spend Christmas Eve with; it is also really important where they spend Christmas Eve and what present they receive. The whole evening must be very special, gorgeous and romantic.


There also used to be a sarcasm that Christmas is compared with a woman’s age. Cake shops throughout Japan always try to sell all their Christmas cakes before Christmas eve. Any cakes left after Christmas are seen to be very old or out of date. Women over 25 years old used to be said ‘unsold Xmas cake.’ It’s a bit bad joke, though.


Majestic and romantic Christmas Illuminations in Tokyo


Christmas in Tokyo is an unforgettable experience. The entire city literally shines with thousands of illumination lights. The visual magic of the illuminations entirely changes Tokyo’s landscape.


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