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There's no right way to spend Christmas; do what works best

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23.12.2017

When glittering city lights come on to herald the holiday season, I find myself mumbling a poem by Fujio Akimoto that goes, "Wearily slurping wonton soup/ It's Christmas."

It is customary in Japan to celebrate Christmas Eve, rather than Christmas Day. For those who have nobody to share the festivities with, the year-end can be lonely. But the verse laughs off the melancholy with subtle humor, essentially declaring, "Christmas? Turkey? Cake? Forget it."

In the western Tokyo city of Hachioji, a pasta restaurant called Pia Pia posted a notice on its front door that says, "On Dec. 24, we do not serve couples."

The small, 25-seat establishment started doing this three years ago, purely for fun.

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© The Asahi Shimbun