Q1. How do you celebrate Christmas in your country?
In Japan, we usually have a Christmas party with parents when we are kids and after we grow up, we usually spend time with friends instead of family. For kids, it is a
biggreat opportunity to get expensive gifts from parents or grand parentsgrandparents.
Q2. Do you have any specific Christmas memories?
Yes. One day, my father bought Christmas presents for me and my older brother and brought them home with him. He told us that he had met Santa Claus on the way home and that Santa asked him to give those presents to us. Although it was very thoughtful of him, I was thinking
that"Oh Father, you don't have to makemake up a story like that," because it was so obvious he was telling a lie.
Q3.Until what age did you believe in Santa Claus?
I do not remember any shocking moment finding out the truth, but I know I once believed in Santa Claus because I remember writing a letter to him. I wrote a letter but did not know where to send it, so I just threw it from the window in my room.
Q4.What are your plans for Christmas this year?
I do not have any
planplans at all. After I got married, buying Christmas presents became less fun, because we passed the stage that we could say, "I would appreciate anything you boughtbuy for me." We do not spend much time wondering what to buy any moreanymore and tend to buy something practicalpractical gifts.