12 Sep 2017

5 Interesting Japanese Traditions

5 Interesting Japanese Traditions

The traditions of Japan distinguish the country from all other parts of the world. The practices and beliefs of the Japanese have always remained an intriguing topic for everyone. So if you are planning on a to Japan this year, then this article is sure to prepare for some unusual traditions that you might witness during your visit.

1.Christmas celebrations are incomplete without KFC

Roast turkey, stew and fruit cake? Nah, the Japanese are way more advanced when it comes to Christmas menu. The dishes prepared during Christmas is mostly standard around the world, but not in Japan. Japanese only prefer food from KFC on their Christmas Eve. You will also notice KFC coming up with various Christmas themed sets to boost their sales for that particular period.

2.Want to book a spot? Get a blue mat!

If you want to attend an event in Japan such as a festival, fireworks or Hanami, it’s customary to reserve your spot using a plastic mat. The plastic mats used for such purposes often happen to be blue. All the citizens strictly respect this tradition. You don’t have to guard your space, as once you’ve placed the mat, the spot automatically becomes yours. At large events, you will notice hundreds of mats placed by people with a label of their name on it.

3.Not without our coffee

If you think Americans are the ones who just can’t survive without their coffee, you’re in big for a surprise! Americans are not the only importers and providers of coffee; Japan also accounts for 85% of Jamaica’s coffee. This beverage is extensively served in all workplaces, gas stations and hotels.

4.Floating dolls

Hina Nagashi is a rare tradition usually seen in the remote areas of Japan. In this practice, the Japanese dolls are stacked in a boat that is later pushed into the sea. This tradition is performed because it’s a common belief that any evil can be transferred from the children into the dolls and cast out into the sea.

5.The lucky bag

Fukubukuro or the “lucky bag” is a Japanese shopping tradition of offering mystery bags to people during New Years. These bags are usually given on purchase of heavily discounted items and in most cases, valuable items may be inserted by the sales person into these bags. Sounds interesting doesn’t? Try shopping in Japan this New Year and you might just get lucky with some expensive prizes in your Fukubukuro!

Have you heard of any such fascinating Japanese traditions? Tell us about them in the comments below!