Just like with any place you go, you have your good guys and your bad guys.” “During my first couple of years here, I encountered a lot of guys whose interest in me came purely from the fact that I was foreign.
They wanted to know all about Puerto Rico and always brought up the fact that one day, I’d return to my own country.” “Now that I’m older, I still come across a lot of men who seem interested in dating a foreigner for language reasons.
Bowing is another way that Japanese express politeness in social interactions.
The intricacies of bowing are quite complex, and although as a foreign visitor you won’t be expected to perform this custom perfectly, some familiarity with the custom of bowing in Japan will go a long way toward smoothing your own interactions with your Japanese counterparts. You’ll notice that everyone from school children to elevator girls wears uniforms in Japan.
Many Japanese spouses are wonderfully generous, completely disinterested, nurturing, or workaholics; others aren't.
But show me a Japanese couple where either spouse can lightly toss off lines like, "You're wrong," or "Why do you make such a mistake?
Although I’ve been in Japan for 6 years now, I totally lack that kind of experience.
(These styles of communication have things in common with everywhere else, too, of course.) Japanese are taught to accommodate rather than confront from an early age, and the most successful marriages I've seen here are the ones where the husband and wife have settled in on a daily pattern where neither one ever gets in the other's face. You might think this fits with the stereotype of the docile, subservient Japanese wife or even the disinterested, passive, working Japanese husband, but you'd be wrong.
Among Japanese teenagers the most basic way of starting to date someone is by giving them a “kokuhaku” or love confession.
This sounds a bit creepy but it’s not so much telling someone you love them but rather the Japanese way of letting them know you like them and asking them out.
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.