Japan loves chocolate. It is anseen every Valentine's Day and even on White Day, an event known only to Asia. The nation also loves Santa Claus and Halloween, and there are even street parades for Ireland's St. Patrick's Day.
So with a love for chocolate and many Western traditions, why does Japan largelyEaster?
, Tokyo Disneyland is happy to promote the event. This year, Mickey Mouse and his friends are parading in "Disney's Easter" through to late June -- the normal end of Easter.
The nation's Christian minority alsowith special church . These celebrate the of Jesus Christ, with eggs being a symbol of .
Butin Japan, there are few of an event celebrated not only in Western countries, but even in parts of Asia, such as Hong Kong and Singapore.
Many countries have national holidays for Easter, includingand , while Easter parades are held in many American cities. On Easter Monday, which this year fell on April 21, the U.S. president and first lady held the annual Easter on the south of the White House.
In Australia, adults enjoyed a four-day long weekend, while kids got excited hunting for chocolate Easter eggs and eating. Schoolchildren have another reason to love Easter, as it usually occurs during school holidays.
So why hasn't Easter become a major event in Japan? Onesays the Christian of the festival may be too for Japanese, since many Japanese Christians for their in the past.
Another theory says it is easier to sell Christmas as a romantic holiday, instead of Easter'sof death and resurrection. Christians 1 percent of the population, there are few Japanese the event's religious meaning.
And of course, Japan has many festivals, while April is known more for cherry blossom parties and the start of the new working year.
mixing Japan's love of kawaii cuteness with chocolates would seem like a winner. Chocolate sellers could enjoy another bonus season, along with , egg painters and .
Making Easter popular in Japan may justa few , along with some big companies to promote it. A government of Easter as a national holiday would help, too.
After all, why should Japanese kidsall the fun?
The Japan Times ST: May 9, 2014