In Japan they do celebrate Christmas as a holiday in the country, however it has some different ideas and meanings than in the west since the country developed independent from the rest of the world for a very long time. クリスマス, pronounced Kurisumasu, can mean to "reveal your true inner-self," or "dive deeper in emptiness."
This year our theme of focus will be from Ku no Kata of the Sanshin, the void kata. So, whether you are working on getting to know your true inner-self, or working on the philosophy of Ku no Kata in your Taijutsu (body movement) with our dojo, this is a great time of year to not only celebrate Christmas with family here in the U.S. and improve yourself as well. I am really looking forward to this year and doing an in-depth study of Ku no Kata and to see how everyone in the dojo improves from this. If you haven't yet, come check out a class.
Shane Sensei is a licensed Shidoshi in the Bujinkan and member of the Shidoshi-Kai. He has trained in the Bujinkan since 1998 and regularly travels to Japan for training.