dating in Japan

Can Japanese Dating Sims Really Help With Your Relationships in the Real World?

When I first came to Japan in the mid-2000’s, there was one thing that shocked me more than anything else: dating sims (in Japanese these are referred to as ‘ren’ai’ simulations). Now, today because of YouTube and the Internet we all know about dating sims, but back then I had never heard of dating sims,…

Playing it Safe in the Bedroom in Japan

When many foreigners talk about their lives in Japan to their families and friends back home the reaction often begins with awe. This can swiftly change to surprise as certain misconceptions are debunked and our own cultural norms are turned on their heads. Land of the Future? kluv.cbslocal.com/ The world over, Japan is still hailed…

Omiai: The Culture of Arranged Marriage in Japan

Arranged marriage is a practice which is both controversial and a historically significant societal function. Not so long ago, arranged marriage was very common in all parts of the world. Marriage was more of a contract than anything else, and was common and expected among all classes and cultures. Marriages up until around the 18th…

3 Down-to-Earth Tips For Ladies Looking for Love in Japan

You have it all. Looks, education, passable language skills, the perfect apartment in a big city, the best job: all the conditions are right for love. You are so ready for a boyfriend. You try bars, friends introduce you to their friends, more bars, maybe a group meet up, more bars with no luck. OKCupid?…

What it’s like dating a Japanese

They can be exciting, frustrating, wonderful, terrible: intercultural relationships. But what is it really like when dating a Japanese? Since Japanese culture differs immensely from Western culture, it can be a hassle at times when misunderstandings occur, which often can lead to fights or even worse: a breakup! The most important thing is to follow…