We all know those songs that, when we hear them on the radio or in a shop, remind us that Christmas is fast approaching. But have you ever wondered what those songs might be for those in Japan? If you have, you’re in luck! We’ve put together a top 10 list of Japanese-language songs that pull any Japanese person into the festive feeling, and hopefully you too.
So sit back, get your YouTube tabs open and have a listen of what a Christmas in Japan would sound like from the comfort of your home.
素敵なホリデイ (suteki na holiday) by 竹内まりや (Takeuchi Mariya)
いつかのメリークリスマス (itsuka no Merry Christmas) by B’z
恋人がサンタクロース (koibito ga Santa Claus) by 松任谷由実 (Matsutoya Yumi)
チキンライス (chicken rice) by 浜田雅功 (Hamada Masatoshi)・槇原敬之 (Makihara Noriyuki)
白い恋人達 (shiroi koibitotachi) by 桑田佳祐 (Kuwata Keisuke)
LAST CHRISTMAS (BALLAD VERSION) by EXILE
Merry Christmas by Bump of Chicken
Hurry Xmas by L’Arc~en~Ciel
クリスマスイブ (Christmas Eve) by 山下達郎 (Yamashita Tatsuro)
メリクリ (Meri Kuri) by BoA
赤鼻のトナカイ (Akahana no Tonakai)
Enjoy the ultimate Japanese style Christmas by pairing these songs with some Japanese snacks and treats or, perhaps, gift that special someone with some Japanese Joy all at Japan Centre, in-store and online.