Japanese dating and marriage traditions
Some of the details are different in Japan, however. This is hard, however, when more and more young ones are stuck in temporary or part-time jobs.
Couples are expected to have children shortly after getting married, so women who want to delay childbearing have a strong incentive to delay marriage. “I don’t want my wife and children to miss out on experiences because we can’t afford them,” says Junki Igata, a 24-year-old trainee at an international hotel chain, who says he will put off marriage until his mid- or late thirties.
SEIKO, a 35-year-old journalist in Tokyo, is what the Japanese refer to as “New Year Noodles”.
Mr Yamada reckons that if people aren’t marrying and aren’t dating, they must be doing something to satisfy their need for intimacy. It would also like marriage to remain the basis of family life.
It could have been worse: the slang term used to be “Christmas cake” because a woman’s best-before date was considered to be 25.