Do Japanese Celebrate Christmas with KFC? 4 Ways to Enjoy Christmas in Japan




Is Christmas celebrated in Japan? What do they do?

Here is what Japanese do on Christmas.




How do Japanese spend time on New Year’s Eve? → New Year’s Eve in Japan


This post summarizes all about Ramen! → All About Ramen



Is Christmas Celebrated in Japan?

Most of Japanese are not Christian so they don’t have to celebrate Christmas. However, Japanese love celebrating Christmas.


How they celebrate varies and some people don’t celebrate at all.


4 Ways to Spend Christmas in Japan

Below are 4 ways how Japanese spend Christmas in Japan.


Christmas Party


Some organizations and nightclubs have Christmas events. If you like party, you might want to check in advance and get a ticket!

For instance, Gaitomo and club Ageha have Christmas party in Tokyo. Some events are prepared for singles so even if you have no friends or partners who can go to party with you, no problem!



Christmas Date with Loved One

Most of Japanese spend time with their boyfriend or girlfriend on Christmas Eve or Christmas. For Christian, it’s the day for family. For Japanese, it’s the day for a couple.

Japanese media has been promoting propaganda that Christmas is for couples. If you date with someone, you would buy gift for her or him.

If you don’t date with anyone, you might try to get someone before Christmas, or you might go to singles party and find a special person.


Couples usually go have special dinner so restaurants will be packed. If you have favorite restaurant you want to go on Christmas, you definitely want to book in advance.



Stay at Home for Relaxing Christmas



You can of course stay at home and relax on Christmas.

Unlike North America and other countries, Christmas is not a statutory holiday in Japan. Thus Japanese have to work if Christmas is during the week.

Some people might go have a special dinner with partners but others go home and don’t celebrate Christmas. That’s totally fine!

So if you have no plan for Christmas, don’t feel devastated. It happens. It’s totally normal and not the end of the world.

Let’s pretend it’s one of the ordinal days and there is nothing you must do.



Drink and Eat a Christmas Cake


Some people eat cakes on Christmas.

In fact, cake shops sell special Christmas cakes and they are busy during the Christmas season.

Just drink, eat good food and cake! It doesn’t have to be a big party but you can rather enjoy dinner with family or friends.


Do Japanese Eat KFC for Christmas?


I’ve never had KFC for Christmas, but apparently many Japanese go to KFC.




I think that one of the reasons is promotion. Kentucky Fried Chicken has Christmas packages and customers can book in advance. They can even choose where to pick up the package, so it is quite convenient.


Another reason is ‘party barrel.’ Japanese tend to eat fried chicken called ‘karaage’ but its size and taste are different from that of KFC. For Japanese, KFC is somehow special and love to eat party barrel for Christmas.


Lastly, Japanese love chicken! Unlike North America, Japanese usually don’t eat turkey. Thus chicken is easier to find and more popular.





Although most of Japanese want to spend time with partners on Christmas, it’s up to you. You could enjoy with your partner, with your friends, with your family, or on your own.


If you live in Japan and feel homesick, you might want to go back to your country and charge your power during Christmas season!



How do Japanese spend time on New Year’s Eve? → What is New Year’s Eve Like in Japan?


This post summarizes all about Ramen! → All About Ramen Information






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