That is, needless to say, aside from “Christmas Dinner”, which considering that the 1970s has become nearly entirely synonymous with Kentucky Fried Chicken.
That’s right, boys and girls, Japan replaces the biggest and roast dinner that is best of the season by having a family-sized bucket of the colonel’s finger-lickin’ chicken, with much hamburger chains like Japan’s very own MOS Burger serving only chicken in the special day, and sometimes taking sales well in advance. Certain, there’s no rule emerge stone saying that everyone worldwide should consume roast turkey and stuffing on December 25, and chicken that is fried the household can be a ton of fun, but after explaining to a Japanese friend of mine that Kentucky for Christmas is to Westerners what presenting a Japanese family members by having a round of Big Macs in place of traditional New Year’s food on January 1 will be like, they consented that Kentucky Fried Christmas is most likely pretty depressing for foreigners.
And what xmas supper is complete without a good big cheese board at the conclusion of it? It might sound like an incredibly small quibble, but Japan really and truly just does not “get” cheese. Certain, you will find some decent Gouda or Camembert in the event that you visit even more up-market shops, but the the greater part for the fromage you’ll encounter in Japan is heavily prepared, wrapped in plastic and fairly tasteless.
Sliced and pre-grated cheese, tubs of parmesan to sprinkle on pasta and spreadable Kiri/Philadelphia cheeses are virtually everywhere in Japan, but also you see the pathetic slivers of the stuff they dish out you’ll wonder whether wartime rationing is back on again, not to mention why the kitchen staff decided that a piece of rubbery cheddar the size of your thumb was worthy of a spot on the board if you order a cheese platter in a swanky restaurant, when.