Happy Holidays 2008!December 24, 2008
Happy Holidays! May peace and joy of the holiday season be with you :)
Megumi Nakajima’s recent video for the song “Be Myself” skyrocketed in popularity on Nico Nico, but sparked some flames as well. People want her to move on beyond Ranka.
[via Gabriela Robin]
Christmas in Japan Song [via Japan Probe]
It is not very well known, but Japan has its own version of Santa too! :) This Santa is quite scary though…
Santa Claus turned up in Japan in 1875, and the first book of Christmas was published in 1898, was called, ‘SANTAKURO’ and was a book about Santa Claus and for children.
The following account is not directly related to Christmas, but has the similarity with such European Christmas characters as ‘Cramps’ and ‘Knecht Ruprecht’.
“NAMAHAGE” has appeared in the snowy villages every 15th (January?). Namahage visits the houses in the village wearing the mask of a demon and clothes made of straw. He has a box which he rattles and it makes a scary noise. When he visits the houses he says, “Where are your naughty children?”
The children are afraid of him. The people living in the houses have to give him food and drink and entertain him, and then say, “My children are nice” to make him go away.
Also, “SHI-SHI-MAI” and “SHICHI FUKUGIN” come to the houses on New Years Day. This custom is like old Father Christmas in Britain when people believed that a holy traveller visited the villages on the day of the Winter Solstice.
The following is a Christmas show involving voice actresses of Negima. They did many fun things, but the best part in my opinion was a story drawn and narrated by Yu Kobayashi :) The story starts in Part 2 at 8:00.
I prefer this season not as one of tinsel, lights and storefront carols, but rather as one of quiet — a season of soft-falling snow, a season of anticipation, a season of memories.
The girl stood there, flummoxed and trembling. That I could hardly speak Japanese was a blessing. For I had no idea what to say.
Read full article in Japan Times about Christmas and love in Japan…
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