Polls show that Japan’s Christmas plans are pretty relaxed this year

Christmas is considered the most romantic time of the year in Japan. There are countless TV dramas and anime series where a Christmas episode culminates with the two main characters holding hands under dazzling Christmas lights and steam rising from their mouths as they utter the words of their love confession on Christmas Eve.

But a romantic date for two isn’t the most common Christmas plan this year, according to a survey by Line Research (a spin-off of Japanese messaging app Line). Looking at the responses from 46,048 survey participants aged 13 to 69 when asked about their plans for December 24th and 25th, the answers were as follows.

● Spending Christmas with my family: 51 percent

● I spend it with my spouse/lover, just the two of us: 33 percent

● Spending alone (also includes work, classes, or participation in regular school club activities): 19 percent

● Spending time with friends: 18 percent

● Other: 3 percent

Multiple answers were allowed (which is why the sum is more than 100 percent), but the largest group, which also made up the majority of all answers, was “spending Christmas with my family”. While much of the pop-culture fascination with Christmas in Japan began with its image as a romantic date night, it’s also increasingly becoming something families celebrate together, perhaps because moms and dads who dated Christmas Eve aren’t married yet — consider still consider it a special occasion for a few days after having children.

“Spending Christmas with friends” is also reflected in the results of Line Research’s survey, which it conducts every Christmas. After bottoming out at just 12 percent in 2020 at the peak of the pandemic, this year’s 18 percent is actually two percent higher than 2019.

The poll also asked what respondents were up to on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, both of which fall on the weekend this year, to which they replied:

● Spend time at home as usual: 56 percent

● Having a party at home: 30 percent

● Work/part-time jobs: 14 percent

● View Christmas lights/tree/decoration: 8 percent

● Drinking or going to a cozy restaurant: 7 percent

● Go to a fancy restaurant: 6 percent

● Travel: 5 percent

● Shopping: 4 percent

● Study/school club activity: 3 percent

● Attending karaoke or other entertainment venues: 2 percent

Again, the answers are rather casual. Sure, the 6 percent who go to fancy restaurants and the 8 percent who go to decor shows follow the traditional “fashionable date” protocol, but spending Christmas at home, ostensibly with family or close friends in the case of home parties , is over far the more common plan, suggesting that perhaps the best Christmas gift is simply spending time with the people you care about most.

Source: PR Times via Otona Response via Hachima Kiko

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