There are some lovely things about Christmas in Japan – the dramas on tv that tell romantic stories of couples who may not have known how deep their love was until Christmas night when they find themselves realizing what the true meaning of Christmas is – it’s all about dating a cute girl in a fluffy outfit who is standing outside at night in a brightly lit Christmas scene with perfect makeup as snow begins to fall gently. It is, as the Japanese say, ro-man-ti-ku.
In Japan, people also like a good Christmas Cake – these are usually wonderful concoctions of whip cream and strawberry goodness. Sounds like a better option over sticky lumpy fruitcake.
Then there’s the KFC tradition of ordering a fast food chicken dinner with all the fixings to devour with your family on Christmas night. Mmmmm…. I don’t know when this started but it’s not a bad idea! Sounds pretty good about now as I think about the many hours of cooking I have ahead of me when my family comes over on Christmas.
Why is Christmas so popular in Japan? Not sure, maybe because Santa’s outfit has the same colors as the Japanese flag? In fact, KFC, Santa, Strawberries & Cream and the Japanese flag… Wait a second, what do these all have in common? The color scheme! Wow. I can’t believe I just figured it out. Now on to global warming!
But before I solve that, I also have a theory about why Christmas is a romantic holiday in Japan – because everywhere you go, you can’t get away from Mariah Carey singing, “All I Want For Christmas” and George Michael singing “Last Christmas.” These might be the official Christmas songs in Japan, not “White Christmas” or “Jingle Bells.” You’d be hard pressed to find a Japanese person under 40 who didn’t know either of these Christmas pop songs.
The holiday season is fun wherever you go. It’s the end of the year so people all around the world feel a little nostalgic, a little rejuvenated and maybe a little stressed out. For us, it’s the busiest time of year as we try to supply all our customers with all the sushi sets they need to make their holiday season successful. With just a couple of more shopping days to go, it’s always nuts but we are thankful that we are busy.
Happy Holidays everyone! Enjoy your Christmas turkey, ham, roast or fast food chicken! And may all your holidays be bright!