How to Celebrate the Holidays in Japan

Celebrating the Holidays in Japan

Celebrating the Holidays in Japan

3 festive steps to up your holiday game

For those of us who usually go home for the holidays, you might find yourself stuck in Japan. The good news is that we might have 17 days to deck out in ugly sweaters, but you’re probably wondering, “How do we celebrate the holidays in Japan? Is it possible?”

I’m here to assure you that the holiday spirit will live on while you’re stuck at home zooming with your loved ones. I have 3 simple steps that can up your holiday spirits.

1. Nosh on a Holiday Bucket of KFC

You may have heard, but Christmas in Japan isn’t Christmas unless you have some fried chicken cooked with 11 secret spices and herbs. If you have never tried this out, 2020 is the year to do so. After all, you can accompany that with the new movie by KFC and Lifetime, A RECIPE FOR SEDUCTION. It’s not written anywhere, but I’m sure the movie will enhance the flavor and the holidays that much more.

Mario Lopez Wishing You a Happy Holiday with KFC

The movie I’m sure many didn’t realize we needed

2. (Safely) Go Out for Illuminations

Many events have canceled already, but we can still celebrate the holidays in Japan with illuminationsーhundreds, even millions of LED bulbs lighting up the night sky for our viewing pleasures.

TheBestJapan’s favorites are:

  1. Sagamiko Illumillion in Kanagawa (because they have a Pokémon-themed illumination!)
  2. Marunouchi Illuminations in Tokyo
  3. Tokyo Dome City Winter Illuminations in Tokyo
Pikachu Lighting Up the Holidays

Illuminations + Pokémon = best combo to celebrate the end of 2020

3. Watch the Nutcracker

If the above aren’t enough, then order your digital copy of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Relive the magic (and if you’ve never watched it before, I’m jealous you get to experience it for the first time)!

Marquee TV is selling tickets to stream it between December 11th and January 3rd for EUR 27.99.

The Bear in the Nutcracker Jumping

Wondering how and what that bear is doing? Watch The Nutcracker!

End 2020 with Celebrations

From Mario Lopez to a dancing bear ballerina, 2020’s holiday will not miss a beat. Tag us when you get a chance to celebrate your break with Colonel Sanders!