So this year we did not send home any "two-toed" socks or chopsticks, or elephant boxers (ah, Nathan, we're still laughing). Instead, we sent a variety of ingenious Japanese style Christmas cards. As this picture illustrates, Christmas in Japan is all about Santa. And only Santa. And the occasional Christmas tree or reindeer. And so, you can find a strange assortment of cards with Santas doing just about any traditional Japanese activity you could ever think of. In this case, they are hanging out with the Kamakura Daibutsu. In other cards, they are hanging out naked in some hot springs, eating ramen, selling ramen, eating sushi, acting in kabuki theater, viewing cherry blossoms (an entirely different season altogether!) I wish all our Canadian friends and family could get together and have a Santa card party. Just so you could stare and gawk at the strangeness of it all.
I promise, there are other styles of cards (a few), but we really got ourselves lost in the Santa phenomenon. We hope you get a kick out of it too.