Top 5 Christmas Food in Japan

Top 5 Christmas Food in Japan 
 
Are You Ready to Celebrate Christmas? Every year in December, Christmas is celebrated by people in many countries including Japan. Although it isn’t a national holiday in Japan, there is still celebrate the festival cheer by the Japanese. Christmas in Japan more of a time to spend with family and friends to spread happiness rather than a religious celebration. A lot of traditional Christmas lights and decorations, romantic date and Christmas foods making this season more fun and unique in Japan. Today, lets us explore Japanese’s favorite foods during Christmas season. 
 
 
1) KFC
If you haven’t been to Japan during Christmas, you never know the most popular choice for Japanese Christmas dinner is fried chicken. Yes, this is true. The food is in such high demand during this season. This tradition of eating KFC began in the 1970s. The company’s successful marketing campaign ‘Kentucky for Christmas’ was attracted Japanese having KFC during Christmas. Due to high demand, Japanese have to pre-order or reserve fried chicken bucket as early as November to avoid the long lines. If you don’t place order in advance, you can purchase fried chicken in department stores or convenience stores on Christmas Eve.
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2) Yuzu
Yuzu is Japanese citrus fruit and the season is near winter solstice and the New Year. This winter fruit is fresh and strong aroma that make you must try the fruit. It is the best time you can enjoy to find yuzu flavored tea, snacks, yokan (agar jelly cake) and cakes. 
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3) Christmas Cake
Christmas cake is another must have food during Christmas season in Japan. It is not difficult to find Christmas cakes in convenience stores and department stores. Basically, the strawberry shortcake is Japanese Christmas cake which the cake covered in whipped cream and Christmas decoration on top. Why strawberry shortcake is their Christmas cake? Looking back in 1910, Fujiya department store was the first one to sell Christmas cake and were targeted to the foreigners. Nowadays, strawberry shortcake has become the unofficial Christmas Eve dessert in Japan. Besides, there still have various kinds and flavors of cakes you can find if you don’t like strawberry.
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4) Wagashi
Some of people like to eat Christmas cake during Christmas season. However, Japanese people like to eat Wagashi instead of cakes. Wagashi is a traditional Japanese sweet in different shapes, sizes and colors. Normally the sweet are remain traditional ingredients such as red bean (anko), mocha, rice and agar jelly. The important is Wagashi tend to be much less sweet than other desserts.
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5) Christmas Tabehoudai (buffet)
Numerous restaurants and hotels in Japan will have Christmas buffets during Christmas Eve. It is perfect for a friends and family gathering on Christmas season. Buffet will feature a variety of Japanese cuisine and western cuisine. Make a reservation in advance to avoid crowds.
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