Hi! My name is Victoria.
I moved to Tokyo from Toronto, Canada. I visited Japan in 2018 and visited Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hakone.
I had such a good time sightseeing, ate lots of good food and met so many kind people.
I knew I could see myself living in Japan one day. Fast forward to today, and I’m so excited to finally be living in Tokyo.
Welcome to Japan and NOVA, Victoria. ようこそNOVAへ🚩
I am looking forward to exploring more of Japan and experiencing Japanese culture, especially holidays and celebrations.
I’m especially excited to see how people celebrate Golden Week!
It was interesting to see the different national holidays that are celebrated in Japan.
There are many holidays that are not the same in Canada.
In Canada, some of the big holidays are Canada Day, Thanksgiving and .
Unlike in Japan, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October.
Christmas is one of the biggest holidays in Canada.
Everyone’s celebrations are different, but for me, Christmas is a time to get together with friends and family👪
Presents are often exchanged during Christmas🎁
A popular tradition is called Secret Santa🎅
Each person who participates in this gift exchange is randomly given a person to buy a gift for.
They are supposed to keep this a secret until the exchange. When the gifts are given, you guess who bought your present!
It is a fun way to exchange gifts with friends or family. Christmas also means lots of delicious food! 🍴
We often eat turkey, ham, or roast beef. We also have many side dishes to go with the meat.
Some of my favorites are Roasted Brussels Sprouts and sweet potato casserole.
Sweet potato casserole is mashed sweet potato with baby marshmallows on top.
This is then baked in the oven to melt and brown the marshmallows! It’s a sweet and delicious side dish.
After Christmas comes Boxing Day. Boxing Day happens on December 26, the day after Christmas.
Many people wake up early on Boxing Day and go to the mall or electronic stores.
There are many sales and discounts on Boxing Day, so people go shopping for some good deals!
Regardless of the country, I think holidays are a time where many can enjoy themselves and spend time with family and friends.