How the Japanese celebrate Christmas and what have video games?
Japan is one of the most tolerant in religious countries. Despite the homogeneity of the population (over 98% Japanese), the range of religious denominations: Muslims, Catholics, Orthodox (the first Orthodox Church was erected under the leadership of Archbishop Nicholas of Japan in the late nineteenth century), followers of sects and new religions. More than 80% of the population is Buddhist and Shinto, with many Japanese at the same time profess both. The fact is that, in the sixth century when Buddhism first came to the Japanese archipelago, dominated Shinto, there was quite an open religion, and many Japanese gods, kami, were perceived as incarnations of Buddhas. Today the name of one of the most famous images, many-armed Kannon, is the manufacturer of cameras and cameras. It all eventually significantly affects popular culture in General and video games in particular: the Japanese easily use any religious names, symbols, and paraphernalia to draw heroes, villains, monsters, weapons, clothing and even whole cities, and nobody within Japan will never take offense. Beautiful, unusual and great, no offense.
Japanese friend admits: “when I feel bad, I’m a Buddhist, because I hope that this is my last life and I won’t have to be reborn and suffer again; when I feel good, I’m a Shinto priest laying around because you want to live longer”. And if it is rude to talk about the role of Buddhism and Shinto in Japanese life, goes as follows: they live in Shinto tradition, but to die like Buddhist. The examples above show how the Japanese are open to new ideas and knowledge, and as I like to remake them in his own way – “to japaneseromance”, adjusted to the lifestyle.
Any religious connotations of Christmas in Japan, but in the West this has long been a family ritual rather than a religious sacrament.
Catholicism came to Japan in the sixteenth century. Despite the fact that a religious movement actively fought the Shogunate (followers, in particular, was threatened with the death penalty), some Japanese had become Catholics. Over the centuries, the Western faith became stronger, and in this country, the trappings of Catholicism – a fashion trend. Accessories with typical crosses, you can buy almost everywhere, modest in appearance form priests sometimes becomes the object of fan service (it is enough to remember one of the outfits of Bayonetta).
Same with the celebration of Christmas. The Japanese liked the Catholic tradition – they borrowed it. Just because the holidays are like: he is not like any other and does not contradict their faith and their culture. Of course, any religious connotations of Christmas in Japan, but in the West this has long been a family ritual rather than a religious sacrament.