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Christmas in Japan – Santa or Hotei?

Dec 19th, 2008 | By | Category: Featured Articles

Hotei is one of Japan’s Seven Lucky Gods (Shichifukjin) and is the closest thing that the country has to Santa.   Hotei is know of as the God of Happiness, or more commonly the Laughing Buddha, and like Santa, he is magnanimous and known to be generous with the gifts that he carries slung over his […]