Merry Christmas everyone! I finally had a traditional Japanese Christmas dinner. Check it out!
Originally posted on I Read Encyclopedias for Fun:
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…
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My family and I went to a Christmas party last night in Fuchinobe, Sagamihara city. Here are a couple pictures of Christmas decorations. Merry Christmas everyone!
A pedestrian bridge at Fuchinobe Station and some Christmas lights.
More lights outside the station.
Japan has a lot of traditional culture, but it also has a lot of imported culture. One example is Christmas. However, it’s not entirely the same as in western countries. For example, it’s a day for couples to go on a date, or for children to receive gifts, whereas in Canada, it’s a day for family and everyone gets gifts. Also, Japanese people often eat Kentucky Fried Chicken on Christmas. Turkey is difficult to find in Japan, and even if they do, not everyone has an oven to roast it with. And if they do have an oven, it’s often not even big enough for a turkey! So, getting KFC is an alternative. But one thing’s the same, decorations. They’re everywhere! On my way home, I took a picture of this tree made of Christmas lights outside a factory.
Merry Christmas from a factory.
I’ll let these pictures speak for me. Earlier this week, I was at Minato Mirai at night. There are lots of lights there. It looks great! These photos don’t do it justice. But I hope you enjoy!
I’ve managed to join this weekend’s “Show Me Japan” while on holiday in Canada!
Christmas is an interesting thing in Japan. Decorations are everywhere, people buy gifts to give to family, and people eat KFC on Christmas. But it’s not a holiday, it’s just a western import. However, people do get in the Christmas mood. Here are 3 pictures. The first one is in Shonandai Station in Fujisawa. The other 2 are in Landmark Plaza in Minato Mirai. Enjoy!
This Christmas tree is in the middle of Shonandai Station in Fujisawa.
In the very upscale Landmark Plaza shopping centre in Minato Mirai, you can see this crystal Christmas tree.
Here's another view of the Landmark Plaza Christmas tree. I really like this view of the shopping centre.
This is my entry into this week’s “Show Me Japan.”
On Friday, it was Christmas. I took a few pictures with my phone, so here they are! I didn’t take many.
The Christmas tree in my sister's house.
My sister's backyard. Those tall trees are covered with frost. And the bird isn't real.
My sister and her husband are setting up the new TV for the Christmas party.
The Christmas tree is all lit up!
My brother-in-law's son is taking pictures at the party.
Sorry I haven’t been posting much lately. Ever since I got the new computer, I’ve hardly used my old computer. All of my photos are on the old computer. I do plan to eventually get them transfered to the new computer, but it’ll take time. I’m not sure if I’ll get another photo post done before the end of the year.
I’m going to be on holiday from December 20 to January 4. I’ll be going back t0 Canada for 2 weeks, but I hope to make some blog posts from there. Maybe some pictures, too. I’ll be getting an iPhone before I go to Canada, so I’ll probably take pictures from the iPhone and make quick blog posts from it. I’ll be sure to post a snow picture and a Christmas tree picture. Are there any requests for other pictures?