Christmas isn’t properly celebrated in Japan, and here is why.
Japan isn’t necessarily a christian country (roughly only 1% of the population is Christian)and the tradition of Christmas was brought to Japan by America. So christmas is really a foreign tradition brought here and is widely accepted. But there are many things about Christmas that is misunderstood. For example, people think Christmas is on the 24th, not the 25th. Christmas Eve is thought of as a romantic day, in which couples spend together,exchange presents and go visit pretty light decorations that are put up in various parts of the city. The picture above is one of the popular Christmas decorations that is put up in Shibuya called the Blue Cave (青い洞窟 ).
Christmas Dinner here is KFC, not a whole cooked turkey. Every Christmas season, an estimated 3.6 million Japanese families treat themselves to Kentucky Fried Chicken, in what has become a nationwide tradition. People make reservations for KFC chicken buckets. From December 1974, KFC Japan began to promote fried chicken as a Christmasmeal, with “Kentucky for Christmas” (クリスマスはケンタッキー) advertising campaign. Eating KFC as a Christmas time meal has since become a widely practised custom in Japan. That picture on the left is how Christmas dinner is advertised.
Christmas is huge business here and places like Disney Land/Sea celebrated christmas throughout the whole month of December. Many places hold christmas sales and discounts leading up to Christmas eve.
As Christmas is next Monday, I thought id share with you how its celebrated here.