Though Christmas is not a national holiday in Japan, it is still a very special time to many people. For most, it is a time for spreading joy and goodwill through the exchange of gifts. Parents will commonly give gifts to their children, though it is not common for children to buy gifts for their parents; this is because the gifts are attributed to Santa Claus, so parents continue to buy gifts for their kids for as long as they are young enough to believe in the legend.
Christmas is not just a time for families in Japan. It is also known as a romantic time for couples, similar in many ways to Valentine’s Day or White Day. Young couples will often go out for romantic walks on Christmas Eve to enjoy the extravagant lighting displays and partake of a meal at a restaurant together. To women with boyfriends, the gifts they receive on this night are a very important part of their relationship.
Treat your own loved ones right this holiday season with a meal of quality sushi. Bring them down to Sushi Hana in Bothell!