Christmas is very big here. At least it felt like that walking through the city and visiting shops and restaurants. There was more decoration to look at and more Christmas-sy things to eat or buy than in Switzerland. But one day after Christmas everything was gone and made up for New Year :-)
However, even though Christmas looked familiar, the celebration of it is totally different. Not surprising, as Japan is not a Christian country…. It’s not a time during which you get together with your family (they do that on New Year) and exchange presents. It’s celebrated more romantically – like Valentine’s day – with a loved one.
And apparently chicken is the “traditional” food to eat at Christmas. Well, I guess, I should not use the word traditional as this tradition was only “recently” started by KFC. Yes, Kentucky Fried Chicken! They launched a very successful “K(u)ris(u)mas(u) ni wa kentakkii!” (Kentucky for Christmas!) advertising campaign in the 70ies. And since then, Japanese eat chicken at Christmas. Probably more than any other country in the world :-)