Japan is famous for taking foreign products and ideas and adapting them to their own culture. Kurisumasu, as Christmas is called there, is no exception. Only one percent of the Japanese are Christian, however, a lot of money is spent annually on decorations and gifts. Christmas in Japan is a highly commercialized, although non-religious, event.
Christmas in Japan equals KFC
One of the strangest traditions associated with Christmas in Japan is visiting the KFC and eating buckets of “Christmas Chicken”. The meal costs around 40 dollars and includes not only chicken but also cake and champagne. The Japanese order seats in KFC restaurants or boxes with their Christmas meal months ahead. The ones that do not do that sometimes wait in lines for two hours.