“This is Japan” is a weekly blog post where I talk a little about my life here.

It’s a place where I can share some of the strange, funny, or thought-provoking stories from my week. You can learn a little about what it is like to live in Japan and some of the weird and wonderful things here.

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My husband tells me that Easter is becoming more of a thing in Japan. In a secular way, that is. I’m not going to weigh in on the commercialization of Easter and Christianity.

Rather, children are beginning to learn about the Easter Bunny and easter egg hunt.

I have seen a bit more Easter stuff in the stores this year. There are slightly more pastel-coloured displays and easter egg balloons than I have seen previously. I would probably have a better idea if I was still working in an elementary school, but those days are behind me.

Read: Holiday season in Japan

Anyway, speaking about easter egg hunt, my husband said that he had never done it before. Of course, I have many times as a kid. It was so much fun looking for brightly covered chocolate eggs in my living room in the morning. Trying not to fight with my sister over who found it first. Then gobbling them down so quickly, along with my hollow chocolate easter bunny.

I felt sad that my husband didn’t know how much fun it was to have an easter egg hunt.

So I decided to give him one.

I had the idea two or three weeks ago. In an expensive import store near my house, I bought a bag of chocolate eggs and hid them in my closet until last weekend.

I anxiously waited until Sunday, and quietly hid them around the living room while he was in a different room. He came in, and I couldn’t even act normal. He immediately knew something was up and begged me to tell him what was going on. I sheepishly pointed to his computer where I “hid” the first egg. It was easy to see and obviously just meant to get him started.

As soon as he saw it, he knew what was happening. He perked up and become so excited searching around the the room looking for the shiny foil-wrapped eggs.

There were fifteen eggs, and he excitedly searched for them, happily proclaiming how much fun he was having. He was just like a little kid. It was for realz, so cute. Of course, this made me happy too.

He found them all, and I was happy to be able to give my husband his first easter egg hunt. It ended with lots of hugs, and of course he shared the spoils with me.

Anyway, Happy Easter! ( I know Easter is over now. Pretend I posted this last weekend.)

easter bunny


After Teaching English in Korea and Japan for three years, Jennifer came to the profound realization that teaching was not the career for her. So, she went back to school. After brushing up on her Japanese for one year, she completed a Master's Degree in International Development at a university in Japan. She is currently working on her PhD. This blog was born as a way for her to write about her adventures in Japan and around the world.


    • This was the first time I’ve seen the Easter Bunny in Japan. Though it was on the US Military base, so I don’t know if it really counts as Japan.

  1. I’d be very interested to hear if you’ve seen a lot of secularized Christian traditions appear your time in Japan. I know there’s been a huge explosion of people having ‘catholic’ weddings (in quotations because the religious aspect isn’t really present) as a new and exotic alternative to the Shinto ceremony.

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