When someone says Christmas, what kind of food do you think about? In the United States, many people would say candy canes and gingerbread houses. If you ask someone in Japan, they would say cake and fried chicken. Though Japan’s Christian population is very small, Christmas has been adopted as a holiday celebrated by many people, regardless of their religion.
How is Christmas Celebrated In Japan?
Interestingly enough, Christmas in Japan is seen as a couple’s holiday! It is especially popular with young couples, and one of the most common things to do is visit an illumination event. Notable ones include the Kobe Illuminarie, a symbol of light and hope to commemorate the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake which left people without light and electricity for days. Another includes Nabano no Sato in Mie prefecture, which awes spectators with over eight million LED lights in its botanical garden.
No Christmas in Japan would be complete without enjoying a Christmas Cake! This trend was popularized thanks to confectioner company Fujiya, who first released these branded Christmas cakes back in 1922. These pure white cakes are typically shortcakes covered in cream and topped off with strawberries. Winter is the peak season for strawberries in Japan, so indulge in some of the sweetest strawberries with these Japanese cookies and candies!