Japan Folklore: Christmas Traditions - Japan Italy Bridge
In Japanese “Merry Christmas” is translated as “Meri Kurisumasu”, written both in Hiragana (めりーくりすます) and in Katakana (メリークリスマス). Santa Claus, the chubby man dressed in red, is known as Santa-san (サンタさん、サンタクロース), name imported directly from the USA. But in Japan there is another figure very similar to Santa Claus, even if not strictly related to Christmas