To the Japanese, Christmas is not largely a religious holiday. However, it is still a time for spreading joy and sharing quality time with loved ones.
Gift-giving is a big part of the Japanese Christmas experience. Among families, it is common for parents to give gifts to children, but the children do not get gifts for their parents. The idea is that Santa Claus is the only one giving the gifts, so parents will give their kids Christmas gifts for as long as it is appropriate for them to believe in Santa.
Gifts are also exchanged among couples. In many ways, Christmas in Japan resembles Valentine’s Day or a similar romantic day. Women who have boyfriends will often show off this fact, and the gift they receive will be very important to them. It is common for young couples to go out walking on Christmas Eve, taking in the Christmas lighting displays and sharing a meal at a restaurant.
If you’re looking for a good gift to give to your own loved one who has everything, consider giving the gift of quality Japanese food. Bring them down to Aji Sushi in Issaquah!