What matters at Christmas time is the spirit, right? For those yet to be convinced, a tiny Japanese pavilion in Paris offers to initiate Westerners to a 700-year-old gift-giving ritual known as Origata.
Japanese Soke Ogasawara (L) attends a ceremony of Origata, Japan's art of gift wrapping during the opening of the "Miwa" pavillon, on October 30, 2012 in Paris. ©AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET
You could hardly be further from the push and shove of the holiday shopping season: the tiny wood-panelled cubicle in the city's Latin Quarter is like a hybrid of concept store, art gallery and miniature temple.
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