Which Foreign YouTuber knows more about Japan?
By Elise Meng | June 5th 2018
As a foreigner myself in Japan, every day is a constant culture lesson. Sometimes you need to ask ‘why’, and sometimes you just need to let things slide. Like moving to any foreign country, the longer you stay does not necessarily mean the less you know.
The same goes for Emma from TokiDoki Traveller and Beauty Blogger Kim Dao. In a combined amount of 4 years living in Japan, Emma and Kim sit behind the desk and put their knowledge on Japanese trivia to the test!
Christmas in Japan
We know that Japan doesn’t celebrate Christmas like most countries do. We're going to tip our hat towards the KFC Christmas ritual, which is a phenomenon in itself, but there’s more to Japanese Christmas culture than just a bucket of delicious fried-chicken.
First and foremost, dessert. What do we eat when we’ve demolished those KFC drumsticks? Strawberry cake. This cake is as if a sponge and a shortcake has a Christmas baby miracle. Japanese strawberry cakes are typically decorated with cream, strawberries and perhaps topped with a sugar Christmas-themed ornament (if you’re feeling festive). Like KFC, this cake is almost always sold out towards the end of the year, which is why you would need to pre-order it if you’re set on spending Japanese Christmas the traditional way.
Source: Cooking With Dog
When it comes to decorating for Christmas, Japan goes all out. Usually starting around mid-November and past the New year, you’ll start to see cities decked out with fairy lights (illuminations), wreaths, tinsel and Christmas trees. Christmas light displays are also an incredibly popular activity for couples to engage in, as they are all around the city and are free to view. As cold as it is in Japan towards the end of the year, it sure helps that the warm red and orange lights on every corner can add to Christmas cheer!.
Source: Japan Guide
In Japan, Christmas is also like their Valentine’s Day part two. Among Japanese youth, it’s pretty lame to be hanging out with your family during Christmas (as family time is more associated with New Year’s) so find your special someone and drag them along with you to do the must-see’s and must-eats of Christmas in Japan.
Want your own Scarlett Johannson and Bill Murray moment? Then you have to try Karaoke in Japan.
Although typically a common social bonding activity for businessmen, Karaoke rooms in Japan are equipped with televisions, microphones, props to enhance your solo moment (maracas, tambourines etc.) and of course, the karaoke machine for anyone to enjoy. Sing (or in my case, scream) along to all your favourite bangers in Japanese, English, Korean and sometimes even Chinese. With a wide variety of genres, and a large selection of the newest radio-worthy songs, Karaoke is a fantastic place for you and your friends to relieve stress after a long day of work.
Source: World of Warnderlust
Popular Sport in Japan
Japan has its fair share of traditional sports but surprisingly, the country seems to also as equally invested into foreign sports. In a survey conducted in September 2017 (via. Statista) states, the favourite sports to watch among Japanese people were baseball, soccer, volleyball, figure skating and tennis. Most of these sports are offered and practiced since elementary school in Japan and these sport clubs at Japanese Universities are quite often the clubs with the most members.
Source: The Comeback
Otherwise, Ace of Diamond, Captain Tsubasa, Haikyuu!!, Yuri on Ice and Prince of Tennis. Who says Japanese people can't be affected by anime?
If you think Baseball is the most popular sport in Japan, think again! Check out the video to find out what the answer is!
Pikachu in Japan is more than just a character at this point. They have a whole festival dedicated to Pikachu and at one point, Pikachu was even able to meet the Japanese foreign minister. With over 12 Pokemon centers and 11 Pokemon stores, it’s safe to say that Japan loves Pikachu. The peak of kawaii (the CHEEKS), the signature ‘Pika-pika’ mantra, and its total dedication to old mate Ash shows makes this character hard to hate.
Source: The Pokemon Centre