Tuesday Terminology: Christmas Cake

Tuesday Terminology is a weekly segment to enlighten the masses with words, phrases, and ideals usually tacked on to today’s anime/manga scene.

This week’s topic: Christmas Cake


Okay, so I don’t REALLY mean actual cake that you eat after Christmas dinner.  Then again, who even bothers to eat Christmas cake?  Even when you do, it is safe to say that the cake is rendered useless or past it’s prime after the 26th of December.

Christmas Cake refers to a label on Japanese women.  The term is rather misogynistic, but rest assured, nobody really uses it (at least to my knowledge) outside of the use for comedic dialogue in anime, manga, and visual novels.  Essentially, like the actual cake, the term refers to the ideal that a woman is “past her prime” after her 26th birthday.  See the connection now?  These older ladies are often thought to be “used goods,” no longer “pure” girls that are worth marriage.  Thus, many 26+ y/o Japanese women tend to seek out possible suitors from foreign countries for men that may not really care about age.

While this may seem like a negative term, think of it this way: Some people like older women.  Also, now you probably won’t be able to think of Christmas Cake the same way again.  You learned something quite new today on Christmas! 😀


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