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Practise These 8 Ways to Express Your Love in Japanese!

Do you have a Japanese girlfriend or Japanese boyfriend? Learn these words to express your feelings to them! You can also use some of these phrases to impress the Japanese men or Japanese women you are not with (yet) but are interested in being with! 1. Suki Desu Suki desu literally means “I like you”,…

The No-Dating Policy for Japanese Female Idols

It is the norm in Japan that idols are forbidden by their management to be in a love-relationship: idols who break this rule usually get fired. (Secret) dating is treated as a big offence in the idol industry, even to such an extent that an idol from the mega girl group AKB48, Minami Minegishi (峯岸みなみ),…

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?   The world over, Japan is still hailed…

Soshoku Danshi: The Trending Herbivore Men of Japan

This new trend started around 2006 year when Japanese author Maki Fukasawa first used that term calling them Herbivore men or translated in English ” vegetarian men”. It seems that men in Japan are divided into categories and today’s highest number of young Japanese men belong to this herbivore group. Fashionable この投稿をInstagramで見る 三年で別人になります。 こん時まだファンデとカラコンしかしてなかったからブスすぎて泣いた、、、だから言いたい、メイクはすごい!!みんなしよう。 派手髪ロングか黒髪ショートどっちが好きですか?…

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?…

Herbivores: the Men in Japan Who Don’t Want a Girlfriend

In large parts of the world, men are seen as the go-getters when it comes to relationships. When you ask around, it often turns out that the guy in the relationship was the first one to make a move, or at least he was very receptive when his other half hit on him. Also, when…

Kokuhaku, The Japanese Art of Love Confession!

Have you ever been in love? Well, I’ve been there too. Love is a complex word which can result in complex situations. Each country has a unique culture of expressing love to another. Kokuhaku Defined jp.fotolia.com/ Japan has a love confessing culture known as kokuhaku. Kokuhaku simply means “confession.” This is quite an exciting part…

Five Characteristics to Expect when Dating a Japanese Woman

Surely each individual is unique, and generalizations/stereotypes about an entire culture can’t be made based on a very little number of individuals. However, from an anthropological perspective, certain cultures tend to practice same rituals due to the culture transmission throughout the years, and even though an individual may have his/her particular characteristics, a community in…