The Japanese have a great passion for Christmas, yet their Christmas traditions are somewhat special. This Western holiday has been transformed by the Japanese with many surprising customs. Today we will take stock of the unique Japanese Christmas culture, which even foreigners will find incredible when they see it.
- Eating KFC on Christmas Day
Japanese people are very keen to line up to eat KFC on Christmas Eve and it has become a tradition. Two days before and after Christmas, you can see long queues at the entrance of each KFC in Japan, and you can't see the head of the queue. T
he reason why Japanese people want to eat KFC on Christmas Day is because of the successful marketing done by KFC when it first entered Japan in the 1970s. Japanese people can not eat turkey at Christmas, so KFC came up with the idea of "fried chicken instead of turkey", and a lot of publicity, put out the slogan "Christmas, of course, to eat KFC" advertising slogan.
They also deliberately advertised that Colonel KFC and Santa Claus looked alike, and from then on the concept of "Christmas = KFC" became more popular. It was a successful marketing case that turned into a Japanese Christmas tradition.
- Christmas strawberry cake
In winter, when strawberries are in season, delicious strawberry cake has become a classic Christmas treat. Especially for the Japanese, Christmas cake is soulless if there are no strawberries!
Maybe it's because strawberries resemble Santa's hat, or maybe it's just a sales gimmick for cake vendors, but in any case, Japan has left the tradition of eating strawberry cake at Christmas.
On Christmas Eve in Japan, the strawberry cream cake is the hot star, and it sells out everywhere. But really, strawberry Christmas cake is really impeccable in terms of value and taste!
- Cristmas Light Show
The biggest event around Japan during Christmas is the themed light show. In many lively shopping areas and attractions, there are gorgeous lighting events, and the beautiful lights continue the romantic atmosphere from Christmas to Valentine's Day.
Many areas are famous for their light shows, with dots of lights like shining stars in winter, creating a dream-like scene and adding to the strong Christmas atmosphere.
- Christmas marathon
Japanese people always have a lot of strange activities, such as this Christmas marathon. Although I don't understand the intention of the promoter, it's fun to be able to strengthen the body and participate in it for all.
Everyone changes into Santa Claus costumes and wears Christmas hats, which is really lively. Some families participate in the whole family, and also bring their little ones to run for a while, so you can feel the "Christmas of running".
- Christmas shopping
All over the world, there are sales days. In Japan, there are summer sales and winter sales, so from the middle to the end of December, around Christmas is the time to buy! Especially at Christmas, various makeup and skincare brands launch limited Christmas models, jewelry brands launch Christmas-themed accessories, and of course, food is also available in limited Christmas flavors, and major stores sell various value bags.
At the entrance of the mall, there is a big Christmas tree with special offers, and posters with 50% and 20% discounts simply make people unable to move their legs, greeting customers to go in and buy. The wide range of promotions and strength of Christmas in Japan makes it a large discount season.
In short, Japanese people still pay attention to the Christmas festival, and they can feel the strong Christmas atmosphere when they walk in the streets, and they always play romantic and interesting tricks.
If a little Christmas can add a bit of lively atmosphere to the dull life, then why not come and find some holiday fun?