Japan doesn’t have a long Christmas tradition, as it’s a more recent trend here. It’s also mainly done to sell more things and make more money. It’s entirely commercial. It’s also a time for couples to go on dates and exchange gifts. It’s typically not a family holiday, but parents will sometimes give their children gifts. Also, it’s very difficult to find turkey here, so we have to make do with other things.
And that brings me to my Christmas dinner today. This is the “traditional” Christmas dinner. Just take a look.
That’s right, Kentucky Fried Chicken! We had some regular KFC chicken, boneless chicken, French fries (no gravy in Japan), salad, and a “Christmas cake.” It was actually a chocolate cake. To many Japanese people, Christmas means cake. They’re often very surprised to find out that cake isn’t a big tradition where I’m from. Sure, people get fruitcake, but it’s often not really enthusiastically accepted. I don’t have a picture, but they also dress up the Colonel Sanders statues outside the restaurants like Santa Claus.
I guess for many of you, Christmas is just getting started, while it’s coming to an end here. Merry Christmas everyone! Enjoy your day.