Christmas songs that originated in Japan – Part 1

December 12th, 2011By Category: Culture

Christmas is around the corner. Shops and restaurants are playing familiar Christmas songs such as “Jingle Bell Rock”, “Last Christmas,” Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” duet with Justin Bieber which was released this year, and other old favorites.

We are going to introduce some Christmas songs that originated in Japan — some of which have been famous for a long time.


“Christmas Eve,” sung by Tatsuro Yamashita


“Suteki na Holiday” (Fantastic Holiday), sung by Mariya Takeuchi

Many people are probably familiar with this song from KFC’s Christmas commercial.


“Koibito wa Santa Claus” (My lover is Santa Claus), sung by Yumi Matsutoya


“Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence,” played by Ryuichi Sakamoto

This song is from the soundtrack of the 1983 movie “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence.”

 Are you familiar with these songs? Hope you like them.

We’ll introduce a few more Christmas songs originating in Japan in another article.

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