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Mar 16, 2018

Easter differences in Japan compared to back home

Easter is up there with the biggest holiday celebrations in Australia - probably only second to Christmas. In Australia you score a 4 day weekend, there are plenty of events to celebrate the season, and the store shelves are laden with Easter eggs, goodies to make Easter baskets, Easter pajamas for kids, hot cross buns and more. Honestly, it's almost as if the new year ticks over, and the Easter stuff pops up on the shelves which tends to be a point of contention for some people - they think it's too soon!


Now, I know that expecting the same level of interest in Easter in a foreign country that doesn't celebrate the religious meaning behind it is not going to happen - and I'm okay with that! I don't expect it to be on par with it. I guess I just wonder why Christmas has been embraced to the level it has, but Easter hasn't as much. This is the level of Easter stuff I've seen so far...


Easter inspired Kit Kats...

Easter differences in Japan compared to back home photo

And a smattering of Easter goods at Daiso...including Easter tinsel?!

Easter differences in Japan compared to back home photo

Easter differences in Japan compared to back home photo

I guess I'm just wishing for some chocolate eggs or a chocolate bunny that isn't going to cost $15 a pop at an international supermarket for the privilege!


Has anyone else seen any Easter goods in their part of Japan? Are there any holidays or events from back home that you particularly miss living as an expat in Japan?

genkidesu

genkidesu

After spending the last several years in the beating heart of Tokyo, I will be spending the next three in the countryside of Japan. I adore this country and all it has to offer - and I'm always learning more and more about life here as I go along!


3 Comments

  • Striffy

    on Mar 16

    I feel Easter is becoming more and more popular. When I first came to Japan 5 years ago I didn't see any Easter goods so I was quite surprised when I returned and saw so many Easter related things on sale. I definitely miss the many public holidays we have in Germany :)

  • genkidesu

    on Mar 16

    @Striffy yes I definitely agree with that...I feel like slowly it's happening more! I've been here since 2013 and each year I see a little more!

  • edthethe

    on Mar 16

    this is way more than last year and two years ago i only ever saw the kitkats. When easter egg hunts catch on, ill be glad because i loved them as a kid!