Why are there Xmas-themed love hotels

You can see Santa on top of one from parts of Enoshima beach, which makes for a rather bizarre sunbathing experience.

I’ve always assumed it’s because Xmas day is the chief day for romantic meals and love hotel trips in Japan, even more so than Valentine’s Day (which is mainly taken up with distributing giri choko to your colleagues). According to Japanzine, however, it’s because there’s something pervy about Santa:

Santa’s Xmas Shame

The thing I really learned from that article is that they are all part of one chain, so the alternative explanation is that it was a random business decision and that there’s nothing cultural going on at all.

More on Japanese Xmas:

Japanese Xmas explained

or click on the category below for more posts on the topic.

Photo stolen from here.

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