How is Easter in Japan? Why isn't it popular?

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Easter in Japan is not at all popular as in other countries, many people have no idea of its existence. This is because the number of Christians in Japan is less than 5%. In this article, we will talk a little about this holiday in Japan.

Ironically, Christmas, even though it is a Christian holiday, is widely talked about and celebrated in Japan, even if in a different way. So why is it not so with Easter in Japan? Why is it not so popular?

Japanese Easter is called fukkatsusai [復活祭] Where fukkatsu means resurrection and leaves means festival. The holiday can also be called iisutaa [イースター] derived from the English easter.


Easter is unknown to the population

Christmas became very popular in Japan and became a kind of Valentine's Day and a very commercial holiday because of several aspects that we discussed in the other Christmas article.

Easter, on the other hand, has not become popular even commercially, there are few products for sale, and some Japanese people have no idea what it is all about. Some even confused the English word easter with a star.

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This holiday did not go very well because the Japanese do not usually exchange gifts on holidays. They already exchange enough gifts when they visit or as a thank you, even at Japanese Christmas, it is not common to exchange gifts.

The only date that popularized the exchange of gifts was the Valentine's Day it's the White Day. This is one of the main reasons why we can't find almost any Easter product on sale like other holidays that dominate Japan.


Valentine's Day in Japan already involves the exchange of chocolates and take place in February and March. What about another holiday involving chocolates? Not to mention that at the beginning of April there is another event called Hanami.

Easter growth in Japan

The interest has increased every year, some stores are making products and sweets with an Easter theme and are achieving results. Most of the time these stores have an international relationship, or are big brands.

Disney is one of those that has helped Easter to spread in Japan through its special events, other events also happen like the Uki Uki Easter in Sengawa in Chofu - Tokyo.


Easter is basically a date to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, however, that date became something commercial and full of non-biblical traditions. I myself find the relationship of the holiday with rabbit and chocolates absurd.

Each country has its own way of celebrating, some countries don't even eat Easter eggs, but other dishes. Likewise, I believe that Christians in Japan have their own way of celebrating without being influenced by commercial marketing.

Japanese Vocabulary ABOUT EASTER

  • 復活祭 - Fukkatsu-sai - Easter
  • Is ースター・ Iisutaa - Easter
  • ハッピーイースター - Happii Iisutaa - Happy Easter
  • イエスキリスト - Iesu Kirisuto - Jesus Christ
  • チョコレート - Chokoreeto - Chocolate
  • うさぎ - Usagi - Bunny
  • Mago - Tamago - Egg