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If you’ve been following my work here at Taiken Japan for the past 18 months or so, you’ll have noticed that I have tried my best to cover a wide swathe of topics pertinent to living in Japan.
However, there is one subject I have stayed away from, that is at least until now. Yes, of course it is the fascination with the culture, the art, the history and the people that brings most foreigners to Japan initially.
I had heard that Japanese guys tend to be intimidated by foreign women.
I refer of course to those of us fortunate enough to find a partner in this country.
Well, as of yet I still haven’t met her, but I’ve come close a few times.
Without going into the gory details, I have been engaged twice before and did manage to keep a relationship going for a few years at one point.
I was young and naïve so it was a little scary in the beginning and I soon discovered the dating process in America is quite different from the one in Japan.
In this article, I want to talk about a few major differences I saw between Japanese and American dating cultures.
Finding love in the modern age is a tricky business for us ladies; there’s attractive profiles to create, emoticons to choose and the general deciphering of Tinder captions – ‘I feel how pizza tastes’… Throw in some culture shock, the language barrier and a completely different set of rules and you have something like dating in Japan.