Fried Chicken & Cakes for X’mas?

Merry Christmas everyone!

Do you know how Japanese people celebrate Christmas? Check it out!

It’s Christmas eve! Do you have any plan on this special day?This year is my first year celebrate Christmas in Japan (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

During this festive season, although it is not religiously celebrated in both Japan and my own country, I realized the difference of Christmas celebration  between Japan and what I had experienced in my own country.

In my country, we celebrate Christmas just like the Western way, we spend time either with family members or a group of friends. Of course, we had turkey or chicken for dinner feast and present exchange too!

While in Japan, according to a few of my Japanese friends, Christmas is a special day for couples, not families. With the Christmas lights and decorations, as well as the Christmas carols playing all through the street and shops, these definitely help Japanese young couples get into romantic mood. Hence, Christmas eve or Christmas day is the best dating day for couples in Japan.

White Christmas Tree decoration at Kitte Mall


Merry-Go-Round themed X’mas Tree near Tokyo Station

X’mas lighting from Shiodome Caretta shopping mall
Winter illuminations at Sannomiya Kobe

Of course, Japanese children do celebrate Christmas too! Japanese families celebrate Christmas eve by eating ‘Christmas Cake’ which the father of the family purchases on his way home from work.

Stores all over carry versions of Christmas cake and usually price drop drastically on December 25th in order to sell everything out by the 26th. Any cakes left after Christmas are seen to  be very old or out of date.

Hence, this has resulted in a interesting expression/ sarcasm that Christmas is compared with a  woman’s age. Women over 25 years old used to be said ‘unsold Xmas cake’ and requiring heavy discount to get married after 25th birthday (ミ ̄ー ̄ミ)

(not funny, really lol)

Japanese famous X’mas strawberry shortcake
X’mas edition doughnuts

Besides cakes, in recent years, Japanese celebrate Christmas with fried chicken. These was actually a great influence from the marketing prowess of the folks at Kentucky Fried Chicken. Many Japanese believe that Westerners celebrate Christmas with a chicken dinner instead of ham or turkey. Hence, due to the high popularity of Christmas Chicken Dinner, many Japanese even make reservations for their ‘Christmas Chicken’ ahead of time.

erm, reserve KFC chicken???

If you have a tight schedule, you can even pre-order your Christmas meal from the internet too! YES, Japan is so convenient that you can purchase everything online without stepping out from your house ≧◡≦v

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Fried Chicken meals available from the convenience stores website
Besides fried chicken meal, varieties of cute X’mas Cakes are available for pre-order too!

That’s all about my X’mas sharing. Hope you enjoy reading and may you have happy Christmas and prosperous Near Year (✿ ♥‿♥)

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3 thoughts on “Fried Chicken & Cakes for X’mas?

  1. I would love to spend at least one Christmas in Japan just because the experience is so different! Comparing the holiday to a woman’s age — that is hilarious! In Italy, families in the north plan a huge meal on Christmas Day, while families in the south make a big, late, meal on Christmas eve. My husband is from the north, but we celebrate like the southerners since we can then stay up late until midnight for xmas morning (and sleep in late afterwards).

    I LOVE those donuts! Italy has terrible donuts.


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