Japanese Style Christmas Cards

Walking around the shops the other day, I saw that Christmas goods are already for sale – in mid-October, in a country that doesn’t even celebrate Christmas (they celebrate Kentucky Fried Chicken instead).  It’s not really a surprise to see the biggest commercial festival of the year starting well before the event itself, but I am surprised to see all the Christmas cards… With a tradition of New Year’s post cards (nengajou), sending greetings cards like we do back home isn’t common practice in Japan. That’s not to […]

It’s a KFC Christmas.

When I first came to Japan, I was told that Kentucky Fried Chicken, or simply ‘Kentucky’ as it’s known in Japan, is a Christmas tradition. I was told that people flock to KFC for their annual Christmas Eve dinner. I didn’t really take it seriously until I saw people lining up for three blocks one Christmas Eve, just to get their dose of chicken! Although it exists, turkey isn’t common in Japan, and it certainly […]