|A young Japanese woman dressed in a Santa suit stands outside in the cold and grills chicken in front of a 7/11 in Funabashi, Japan|
I must stop and enjoy the efforts of the Japanese to promote Christmas. They love uniforms in Japan and the red santa suits are a hit. From pizza delivery boys to 7/11 employees who could resist the red and white uniform of Christmas. They caught my attention as I rode down the street on a borrowed bicycle.
Many Japanese young employees, especially females seem to be excited with putting on a costume for work. I guess it is kind of like Hawaiian shirt day at the office back in the U.S. except they only get it once a year.
|A 7/11 worker prepares and wraps a freshly grilled piece of chicken two days before Christmas in Japan.|
Also another thing to note is that the official food for Christmas in Japan is chicken (roasted, fried, grilled it doesn't seem to matter). Take a look at this post on KFC Christmas in Japan
After stopping off and wishing the elves at 7/11 a hardy "Merry Christmas" I arrived only to see the pizza guy in a full Santa suit and again wished him a "Merry Christmas." He smiled and took off on his moped.
I hope as the trend continues that the Japanese start to dig a little deeper into the things of Christmas. I mean why the white and red? Who was Santa Claus? Are we doing this just for the money? lol
All in all, I am try to enjoy my Christmas time in Japan although it is typically disheartening for many who esteem Christmas as something more than just a fun time to dress up.
I hope you enjoyed a little taste of Christmas on the street in Japan.