Merry Christmas! Today is 25th December, the Christmas Day, and it happens to be the weekend so what are you going to do to celebrate it? Unfortunately, I have to work today, but in order to make my day more likely a Christmas Day, I decided to write something about Christmas. That would be something about how Japanese celebrate Christmas Day.
As we all know, Christmas is a traditional religious festival to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in the western world, and it became popular in Asia countries like Japan, China and Korea from the middle of 19 century. The first time for Japanese to celebrate Christmas Day is in 1552 in Yamaguchi city, 3 years after San Francesco di Assisi visited Japan. But it did not become popular for some reasons at that time. Christmas Day was widely accepted by Japanese people from 1900 as most sellers take it as a business opportunity to promote their goods.
Christmas in Japan must be a Japanese style Christmas which is different from other countries. Today I will introduce you the special ways for Japanese to celebrate their Christmas Day.
First, have a short cake.
A short cake decorated with strawberries has become a typical Christmas cake for a Japanese family to celebrate Christmas Day. With the coming of Christmas Day, most merchants begin to promote their short cakes and the advertisements of ordering a Christmas cake in advance can be seen everywhere. It is said that this was because the popularity of the short cake firstly produced by Fujiya in 1922.
Second, eat fried chicken.
Different from western people who eat turkey on Christmas Day, Japanese people eat fried chicken instead which makes an American people who lives in Japan so surprised. He said that it is unbelievable to see the long line before a KFC on Christmas Day since eating cheap fast food like KFC is not something they will do in their country where people usually have a big dinner on that day. It is said that the custom began from 1974 when the KFC came to Japan and became popular for a time.
Third, celebrate Christmas Day with lover.
Christmas Day is an important festival like New Year which they will spend the time whit their family in western countries. However, Japanese people would more likely to spend it with their lovers which makes it more like a Valentine’s Day. Or we can say that most couples in Japan treat Christmas Day as important as the Valentine’s Day. The happiness will begin from the time when they begin to think about how to spend their Christmas Day and what present they will get to their partner, and they will prepare everything carefully to have wonderful Christmas together. So Christmas has become a worth expecting festival for the Japanese couples. But people from western countries may think that it is a little bit pathetic to just celebrate Christmas Day only with your lover. That is the difference of culture.
Forth, Japanese people only celebrate on Christmas Eve.
The Christmas Day Japanese people talking about usually means the Christmas Eve on the night of 24th Dec. On that night people will dress up for a date, have a dinner with friends or go to see an illumination show. They will do all the Christmas stuff just on that night and when the next day which is a Christmas Day in the true sense comes, everything is just back to normal. However in western countries, people pay more attention to the Christmas Day on 25th Dec, and they change their presents on 25th too. It is said that it is the famous song of Yamashita Tatsuro called Christmas Eve and some famous Japanese idol dramas that leave Japanese people an imagination that Christmas Day is a festival should spend with their lover on Christmas Eve.
These are how Japanese people celebrate their Christmas Day. And what are you going to do to spend your Christmas Day today?
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