Anyhow, Christmas in Japan is pretty interesting as it is obviously an imported tradition for most of the Shinto / Buddhist population there. While much of Christmas is a commercial enterprise there and even back here at home, it is nice that is is pretty much celebrated around the world. It is an especially spiritual time for people who celebrate the birth of Christ, and we should all remember the message of peace on earth and goodwill to all people at this time of year. I've had a pretty tumultuous year this year and have found support from family, friends, and even co-workers, so we all have to count our blessings and believe that most people are fundamentally good in some way.
Now, back to Christmas in Japan.
I've never been to Japan at Christmas, and I wouldn't really want to go unless I had my family with me, but there are some awesome displays of Christmas lights and decorations their to help set the festive mood. There are also some great Christmas traditions there too.
Tokyo Midtown and Roppongi have some really nice decorations up at this time of year and often have fantastic displays of lights. However, there are also many other streets and site that are all lit up at night. It is something that you want to go and see!
- Confessing your love on Christmas Eve to get true love.
- Christmas Cakes, specifically Strawberry Shortcake and those delicious Japanese Strawberries.
- Kentucky Fried Chicken, when turkeys are not widely available, a bucket of KFC can sure hit the spot. I know I had some KFC recently, but I'm looking forward to the Christmas Turkey too! http://en.rocketnews24.com/2014/11/30/in-japan-nothing-says-merry-christmas-baby-like-greasy-convenience-store-chicken/