Christmas Season in J-Land

Merry Christmas everyone!

I know it has been A LONG time since I have updated the blog with any recent events and I’m sorry about that. Let’s see… well winter has definitely arrived in Ehime-ken. The top of the mountains are covered in snow and with the lack of central heating, all the houses are pretty cold. The other night it was so cold I was wearing my jacket, mittens, hat and scarf inside my house!

Now is 2 days before Christmas and most people are either in Thailand, or home for Christmas. I work until the 26th of December so I’m still around. Being away from home at Christmas has definitely been hard for me. I love Christmas and now I realize that I love Christmas in Canada. The lights, smells, and sounds of Christmas are something that I have for years taken for granted. I know this is going to sound crazy but I even miss the 24 hrs a day Christmas music radio station! But mainly I miss my mom and close family and friends. For the last 10 years I have spent Christmas Eve at Nona’s and Christmas Day with the Neglia’s, and I always look forward to those 2 days during the holidays.

Christmas in Japan is a little odd. To begin with most of the Japanese population is Buddhist, so they really don’t celebrate Christmas. However, they put up Christmas trees and the children receive gifts from Santa-San. They also know a couple of popular Christmas songs including ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ which the children sang for me the other day and was one of the cutest but also oddest things I have ever heard. At the same time, they don’t like English Christmas songs and always keep asking me “what is this?” when I play Christmas songs in class. So quite honestly it doesn’t really feel like Christmas over here. I decorated my house and Tricia was kind enough to decorate the classroom, so we try to keep alive the spirit of Christmas.

On the 28th I will be leaving for a week of snowboarding in Nagano. I’m getting really excited about it! My mom being the wonderful woman that she is sent my snowboard all the way from Toronto so the least I can do is actually make good use of it. I will be there for 3-4 days. I will make sure to take lots and lots of pictures and to show you all what is known as “the roof of Japan.”



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