13 December 2013

Santa and Hotei

Christmas in Japan is a secular fun event.  Only about 1% of Japanese people are Christians.  

When you read about how Christmas is celebrated in Japan, you may see images and read about an ancient Japanese god that serves in the role of the American Santa Claus. He is called Hotei.  He has a sack full of toys, is always very happy, surrounded by young children and it is said he has eyes on the back of his head.  He sees you himself…no need for a naughty or nice list.

However, when you are in Japan, you will see many traditional fun American Santas. And most likely, you will not see happy Hotei.