The fourth movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 is performed throughout Japan every December and was even featured at the Winter Olympics of 1998 in Nagano (see this post from two years ago).
WHY is this music such a hit with the Japanese? Last year, CBS made this report:
Long time favorite of mine, too. In fact, maybe I'll name my next Lido "Ode to Joy". (nah)
Until next, sweet sailing.