In reply to a comment I said that many Japanese people don’t even know what a nativity set is and I would like to explain that a bit further. This Christmas season I had my nativity set set up no baby Jesus til the 25th and the Magi out but further away on the shelf. I had Japanese friends over to visit, people who know I’m Catholic but who themselves are minimally Buddhist or Shinto, and they had no idea what the nativity set was. I explained the set to them and showed them the Mr Bean video which they liked and I guess they learned something new that day. It made me think though once again about the claim some people make that Catholicism failed here. Now how can a religion have failed in the sense of being known then rejected by everyone when so many people don`t even know that that`s baby Jesus in that barn?!