Japan is no stranger to Christmas. Only about two percent of the population practices Christianity, so the religious significance of the day is not on the forefront, but the general public still embraces it as a fun and festive day for coming together with a spirit of joy and giving.
Giving gifts is an important part of Japanese Christmas traditions. They share the Santa Claus story with their kids, who will receive presents from the jolly old elf in the same way that American children do. Among couples, the gift that a boyfriend gives to a girlfriend is often seen as a significant indicator of their relationship. Young couples will commonly go out for a walk to look at the public Christmas decoration displays, share a romantic meal at a restaurant, and exchange their gifts on Christmas Eve.
Make the season a little more bright this year by giving the gift of sushi and other Japanese favorites. Bring the special someone on your shopping list down to Wild Wasabi in Lynnwood!