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www.times.co.nz Times Newspapers Christmas Supplement -- 3 HOWICK VILLAGE MARKET Find it Fresh, Find it First HOWICK VILLAGE MARKET Open every Saturday 8.30am to 12.30pm 91 Picton Street, Howick Village, Howick Village Business Association www.howickvillage.co.nz Ph 534 4505 124653-V2 New Zealand Avocados and Strawberries are back! There, chicken may still be top of the pops but the family is far more likely to trot out a bucket of Kentucky Fried and not the fatted hen when it comes to the celebratory meal. It's a testament to KYC's marketing team that in a land that is as different from the States as, well, grits and gohan (not the Dragon Ball character buy a meal of cooked rice), they have converted a nation to the Colonel's recipe. Considered a huge treat at this festive time, customers sometimes have to reserve their buckets months in advance! Of course, Christmas in Japan really is an international mix of customs and celebrations. That's because not many Japanese are Christians so the nativity, as in many eastern countries, is not usually a part of religious instruction. And while many people think of the Japanese as followers of Shinto or Buddhist teachings, in fact, a large number have apparently declared that they do not believe in God or Buddha. Nevertheless, a number of festivities and customs have made their way to Japan from the USA such as the sending and receiving of Christmas cards and the giving of presents. In the main, the Japanese Christmas is known as a time to spread happiness with Christmas Eve thought to be very romantic. It is often celebrated more than Christmas Day especially by couples who make a point of giving each other sentimental gifts -- cute teddy bears, flowers, scarves, rings and other jewellery. In some ways Christmas resembles Valentine's Day with couples who are 'an item' going for walks to look at festive lights and having a romantic meal in a restaurant although booking a table on Christmas Eve can be difficult as it is so popular! Because Japan does mark the end of the year, with 'forget the old year' parties, obligatory presents are frequently given to people who have done one a favour during the year or between companies, to bosses, to teachers, and family friends. These presents are known as 'Oseibo'. They are often perishable and can be readily checked for price because of the system of 'on' and 'giri' (loosely translated s obligation and reciprocity). These presents are usually purchased at department stores so that the recipient can check the price and return something which relates to the scale of reciprocity. With little importance attached to Christmas, understandably it is not a national holiday in Japan, so schools and businesses are normally open on December 25. On the other hand, parties are often held for children, with games and dancing. Japanese Christmas Cake is a sponge cake which may be decorated with strawberries, whipped cream, trees, flowers and a figure of Santa Claus. In Japan Santa (who has crept in from overseas) is known as santa-san (Mr Santa) while another Japanese gift bearer is Hoteiosho, a Japanese god of good fortune from Buddhism and not really related to Christmas. And, as mentioned, if the traditional roast is the norm in many western countries, in modern day Japan, Kentucky Fried Chicken gets the popular vote. The Japanese New Year (called 'o shogatsu') is more like a western Christmas, a time when families get together, have a special meal, pray and send cards. New Year is celebrated over five days from December 31 to January 4 and is a very busy time. $500 New World Shopping Spree up for grabs! All those coy people who only want two front teeth for Christmas need to think twice or, rather, in leaps o a hundred, five tim over. Yes, it's time to forget modesty when it comes to Christmas wishes because New World Botany is giving readers a chance to win a whopping $500 New World gift card to help put the biggest festive feast ever on the table. Of course, shopping at New World means more than food -- there's a great children's gift corner offering all sorts of toy and activity ideas; there are books, sweet treats, a fabulous selection to stock the cellar and fridge and many other novelties to benefit the whole household. Thanks to New World Botany, the Times is giving readers a chance every week for four weeks to win this fantastic $500 shopping prize. To enter the draw just visit www. times.co.nz then click on the competitions link and complete the form. One entry per person/per email address; entries close 10am, Friday, December 20, 2013, Winner notified by phone or email -- prize to be picked up from the Times office in Stondeon Drive, East Tamaki that afternoon -- perfect timing for Christmas and the New Year! Kentucky Fried Christmas If you thought Christmas day feasting around the world was all about ham, turkey, a leg of lamb, roast veggies and fresh peas or beans, then you'd be wrong -- especially in Japan.
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