Hey guys! Here's how to get a date on Christmas Eve

Good morning everyone,

Were you able to enjoy the gorgeous weather yesterday? I went out in a sweater and was still sweating by the time I got downtown. Today is going to feel a lot cooler-actually the whole week is, so you'd better bundle up. We're expecting highs between 12C and 14C all week, but at the moment, no rain.

Even more so than putting presents in stockings or goodwill towards men in your heart, Christmas in Japan is primarily about putting a romantic date in your schedule. Christmas Eve, in particular, is the country’s biggest date night, with couples heading out to admire the seasonal decorations, dine at fancy restaurants, and eat strawberry-topped cakes.

So once December rolls around, many single Japanese start sifting through their romantic prospects in search of someone to spend December 24 with. With this in mind, Japanese romance Internet portal Aikatsu posed a question to its single female users, asking them what criteria a man would have to meet for them to accept a Christmas Eve date invitation from him.

Replies from the 589 respondents were divided into five categories, with five percent of the women polled saying they’d only go out with their ideal Prince Charming, and another 15 percent who are only interested in spending Christmas Eve with a guy they feel they could have a serious relationship with. So, if you're currently not in a relationship and not Prince Charming, it's not sounding good so far...

Moving towards less stringent requirements, 10 percent of the women said they’d accept the invitation from a guy whose looks (specifically his facial appearance) and personality match their preferences. Even less picky were the 13 percent who said they’d go out with a guy as long as they didn’t feel an instinctive revulsion to him. Well, this is sounding a bit better, I'd like to think I'm not repulsive...still, it's not that great, just 13% of girls feel that way...

So, what chance do we have? Well, even after all those votes were tallied, the majority, 55 percent, of the replies were in this last group and they said they’d accept a Christmas Eve date invitation from any guy who took the time and had the confidence to ask them. Which means that if she doesn't find me repulsive and if I can find the nerve, I have a 68 percent chance of getting a date with...


Ok, that might be a bit of a long-shot, but even still, it’s a reminder that a guy doesn’t always have to be perfect in order to get a date, but he probably does have to be confident enough to ask for one. So, go for it guys! Just remember that Sumire is off-limits! I called her first!

Have a great day!

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