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Fried Chicken for Christmas in Japan?

Updated on December 25, 2018
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Yen is a freelance writer and UI/UX design enthusiast. From tropical lands of Malaysia, she currently resides in the land of the rising sun.

The question of "What do you do for Christmas here in Japan?" is often returned with "Eat fried chicken together (KFC) - especially among couples". This was the first time I have heard of eating fried chicken during Christmas session after having lived in Malaysia and Canada.

Christmas Eve Meal made by my host family by BOTAKYEN.
Christmas Eve Meal made by my host family by BOTAKYEN.

Coming from the western culture of having roast ham and chicken, stuffings and cake for Christmas, Japanese also believe in having chicken - in particular, fried chicken -during this festive season. Cake is no exception, especially among fruit cakes with strawberry!

Christmas Cake made by my host family by BOTAKYEN.
Christmas Cake made by my host family by BOTAKYEN.

It is not a must to have fried chicken here in Japan during Christmas but it has left a great impact in Japanese culture during this festive season that you wouldn't be able to miss out the sale on fried chicken at the local super (grocery store).

Christmas is a great time for couples to enjoy a meal together, especially having KFC together.

There is no fixed tradition on Christmas here in Japan. Christmas parties, attending church services and simply having a meal together with friends and family is also a norm here in Japan. Of course, with chicken :P

Christmas is a great time for couples to get together and have a romantic dinner together, sharing a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) as snow falls - what an incredible sight and practice here in Japan!

Let's share this special day with loved ones and a bucket of fried chicken as snow falls.

Christmas Eve Meal made by my host family by BOTAKYEN.
Christmas Eve Meal made by my host family by BOTAKYEN.

Many Japanese still have work and school on this festive holiday. Hence, the precious moment to be able to share a meal together with a loved one is well appreciated on this special day. Maybe going down to the local winter illumination for a quiet moment together sounds fantastic, ey?

Special thank you to my wonderful host family here in Japan for my first Christmas experience here in Japan (with Chicken!).

What are you doing on this special day?



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