The evolution of Christmas in Japan
“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store. “
Christmas to Japanese used to mean KFC and Dominos Pizza. All of the ceramic statues of Colonol Sanders would be dressed up as “Santa-san” and people would line up to order some “traditional” American holiday cuisine. Likewise, all Domino’s delivery drivers would put on some Santa garb and greet everyone at the door with a “marri kurisumasu”.
A lot has changed over the past decade. The biggest difference is that most people no longer eat fast food, but instead meet for a nice meal, spend time with friends, and take a break from work.
It’s been awhile since I’ve been home for Christmas, but it’s wonderful to be in Japan. It’s become a bit of a tradition to come to my little mountain town of Minakami and have a big turkey dinner with my snowbum friends from around the world.
For some interesting look into the history of Christmas traditions check out this documentary (the truth might shock you)